• 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.

    Join us on:

    • Wednesday 4th July
    • Wednesday 11th July
    • Wednesday 18th July

    Further details will be announced closer to the date.

    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

    Call for Tender 

    We’re excited to announce a call for tenders for the delivery of the new Butler Gallery Youth Engagement Programme 2018-2021.

    This programme will be responsive to our changing temporary exhibitions, permanent collection and existing Learning and Public Engagement programmes. It gives the successful coordinator or team a chance to develop innovative programming for the 13-25 age range, with the possibility of developing regular and once off programming.

    The value of this tender is €90,000 and the timeframe is 3rd September 2018 to 3rd September 2021.

    Submission deadline is 3rd July 2018. This contract is subject to Leader funding.

    For further information or to submit a tender, please visit:



    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