Located in the interior of Kilkenny Castle, The Butler Art Gallery is a contemporary art space that exhibits emerging and established artists, both Irish and international. The gallery also has an expansive collection of 20th century art.
Inspiring culture seekers since 1943, the Butler Gallery is located in the former kitchens of Kilkenny Castle, which is situated in the heart of Kilkenny City in the South East of Ireland. The Gallery is free of charge and open to the public seven days a week, all year round. The gallery offers a programme of contemporary exhibitions, an important permanent collection and innovation education initiatives that includes talks, events, courses and workshops.
The Butler Gallery is one of Ireland's most vibrant contemporary art spaces outside of Dublin, providing a platform for the best of Irish art today and a strong commitment to presenting the work of artists of international repute. Butler Gallery provides a stimulating programme of events and activities for family, school, youth and adult audiences. These opportunities encourage meaningful public engagement and contribute to the development of an audience of diverse age groups, backgrounds and abilities. Playing an important role in the cultural life of Kilkenny and the South East, the Butler Gallery aims to stimulate, inspire and challenge our audience.