• Programme, Events & Opportunities

    Learning and Public Engagement Programme: 

    The Breadwinner: Artists Talk Series

    A series of artists talks by Cartoon Saloon artists and directors will be held during The Breadwinner exhibition. Join us for an exclusive look behind the scenes of the making of the film.

    The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle, 1pm

    Wednesday 4th July: ‘What’s your story?’
    Meet with Paul Young (Cartoon Saloon CEO & co-founder) and other key crew to hear about the paths they took to end up in animation in Kilkenny and working on The Breadwinner.

    Wednesday 11th July:
    In-depth Discussion on the Storyworld sequence of The Breadwinner. Listen to how the unique and beautiful cut-out animation of the Storyworld sequence came to life.

    Wednesday 18th July: Details to be announced.

    Check back for further details!

    The Breadwinner: Children’s Storytelling

    Join us for Storytelling in the gallery, inspired by The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis and The Breadwinner Film, Directed by Nora Twomey.

    5-9 year olds:
    Storytelling with Hollie Kearns, Learning and Public Engagement Curator, Butler Gallery 11am – 11.30am Fridays: July 6th, 13th & 20th in Butler Gallery

    Ages 9+:
    Excerpts from The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis, read by Catriona Kenneally, Loughboy Library Branch 3pm – 3.45pm Wednesdays: July 4th, 11th & 18th in Butler Gallery

    Places are limited, booking via Eventbrite


    The Breadwinner: Artist-in-Residence

    An Artist-in-Residence will be present in the gallery at select times during the run of the exhibition and visitors will be able to make their own cut-out designs inspired by the cut-out style populating the Story World in The BreadwinnerNo Booking Required.

    There will be an artist-in-residence in the gallery every Tuesday 2 – 4pm, Thursday 2 – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm & 2 – 5pm during the run of the exhibition. 

    Paul Bokslag is a Callan, Co. Kilkenny based visual artist from the Netherlands. He is a co-founder and facilitator at KCAT Arts Centre. Cutting paper forms an important part of his practice. He has shown his work in numerous exhibitions around Ireland and abroad, from wall based abstract pieces and posters to large room filling installations. www.paulbokslag.com


    Suitable for children aged 5-12 years, our FREE Children’s Programme invites children into the Gallery to have their say about the exhibition and make their own work in response. Facilitated by professional artists, these activities encourage children to express their opinions, learn about art and use a variety of interesting and exciting materials to create their own art works.

    Further details and workshop dates are available here.

    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:
    Please check back again for Azure Tour dates or call the Gallery if you would like to book in a group.

    Further details are available here.

    Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
    August 11 – October 7, 2018

    Martin Healy
    October 20 – December 16, 2018