Butler Gallery relocation to the Evans Home site,
Barrack Lane, Kilkenny
A New Home
In 2006, the Butler Gallery in partnership with the Kilkenny Local Authorities, was awarded €2 million under ACCESS II, a capital award from the Department of Arts, Sports & Tourism, to assist the Gallery to relocate to a new premises. The Kilkenny Local Authority agreed to allocate the Evan’s Home, located behind the Carnegie Library in the centre of town, to be the new site for the Butler Gallery.
This undertaking is being tackled on a phased modular basis. We plan to build a contemporary addition to Evan’s Home to accommodate our important collection and facilitate our Exhibition and Education Programme. The relocation of the Butler Gallery will be an important component in developing a cultural quarter in the heart of Kilkenny City. Over time we aim to reclaim and restore the Evan’s Home to facilitate artist studios and fully house our Education and Community Outreach Programmes. In doing so, we will be bringing back to life a building and site that has remained largely empty for many years, imbuing it with a renewed energy and dynamism.
McCullough Mulvin Architects for New Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
We have made progress with our plans to relocate to the Evans Home site on Barrack Lane. In 2009, we sought expressions of interest for this new development from Architectural Firms countywide. Of the seventy-seven firms that expressed interest seven finalists were interviewed and we are delighted to announce that the winning firm is McCullough Mulvin, www.mcculloughmulvin.com.