• Programme, Events & Opportunities


    The Butler Gallery is delighted to present Cubus, an exhibition of new sculpture by Martina Galvin.

    Galvin presents evolutions of earlier sculptural works alongside a body of new work developed specifically for the Butler Gallery. This new work explores the use of industrial materials that includes painted steel, wood and acrylic. The installation titled Cubus is a series of repeated geometric forms painted in a range of dynamic colours. These immense squares stand directly on the floor and as a result force the viewer to confront them according to their own, material existence. They invite us to contemplate space. Through them we return to the purity of this simple revelation, that they, like us, inhabit space, disrupt space, contain space, define space, contextualize space and bring order to space. Despite their simplicity, they’re infinitely complex in their ability to challenge and engage us.

    Join Martina for a lunchtime walk-through her exhibition and hear the artist speak about her practice and this series of work.

    Places are limited and booking is advisable via this eventbrite link or by calling 056 7761106.

    Butler Gallery invites people living with dementia and their family, friends or professional carers to visit our exhibitions, to look and discuss with others in a safe and welcoming environment.

    Upcoming Dates:
    Thursday, 30 March, 2pm – 3.30pm

    Further details are available here.


    Further details are available here.


    Wednesday, 12 April 2017  from 1 – 2pm

    Get your creative juices flowing at this lunchtime drawing session with artist Martina Galvin.

    We invite adults to drop in on their lunchbreak for a drawing class with Butler Gallery exhibiting artist Martina Galvin. Whether you are an accomplished artist or a complete beginner, Martina invites you to put pencil to paper and, as artist Paul Klee famously said, “take a line for a walk”. Participants will examine her exhibition Cubus together in a new way, through a series of drawing exercises and activities.

    This is a FREE event. All welcome – no experience required.

    This event is tailored towards adults – for details of our children’s programming see below.

    Bookings are now taking place on this eventbrite link or by calling 056 7761106.

    Childrens Programme

    Led by artists from the Butler Gallery Artists’ Panel, the Children’s Programme is held in the Gallery aimed at children aged 5 – 12 years. Children discuss exhibitions at the Gallery with tutors and create artwork in response to exhibitions.

    Further details and workshop dates are available here.

    Details are available here.


    Call out for National Drawing Day Workshop Proposals

    Butler Gallery Kilkenny invites artists to submit workshop proposals for National Drawing Day 2017, a countrywide event initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland, and coordinated in Kilkenny for the past nine years by the Butler Gallery. The event extends across the grounds of Kilkenny Castle Park, offering a creative and colourful range of artist-led, mostly outdoor workshops to an age-diverse audience, including many families, who drop in and work their way around the trail of workshops.

    Further details are available here.


    2017 Exhibition Programme – Upcoming

    Eamon O’Kane
    May 6 –June 11, 2017

    Eithne Jordan
    June 24 – July 30, 2017

    Fischli and Weiss: The Way Things Go
    August 12 – October 15, 2017

    Susan MacWilliam: Modern Experiments
    October 28 – December 17, 2017