Pause, relax and enjoy Slow Art Day

Sultaahmet Istanbul watercolour on view at the Butler Gallery.
Kilkenny’s National Craft Gallery and the Butler Gallery invite you to join them for this year’s Slow Art Day. International Slow Art Day encourages you to pause and find inspiration within a small selection of artworks for up to 10 minutes each.

Kilkenny’s National Craft Gallery and the Butler Gallery invite you to join them for this year’s Slow Art Day. International Slow Art Day encourages you to pause and find inspiration within a small selection of artworks for up to 10 minutes each.

This free Kilkenny event will begin at 2.30pm on Saturday, April 12 at the Butler Gallery, continuing on to the National Craft Gallery in the Castle Yard.

Afterwards visitors are invited to discuss the experience over a coffee.

At the Butler Gallery exhibition gallery visitors will choose a small selection from over four decades of drawings and watercolours by internationally renowned artist Stephen McKenna.

On view are landscapes and seascapes that celebrate nature as a place of being, and cityscapes, interiors and still lifes that show the evolution of a pictorial language that expresses McKenna’s beliefs in art.

Over at the National Craft Gallery you can explore Interlace, an exhibition focusing on contemporary interpretations of lace. The exhibition includes work from a diverse range of makers including textile artist Caroline Schofield, glass artist Róisín de Buitléar and fashion designer Natalie B. Coleman.

During Slow Art Day spend time reflecting on contemporary lace interpretations in glass, textiles, ceramic and fashion.

Since it’s founding in 2009, Slow Art Day has grown from a single venue event held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to over 180 venues around the world.

Be part of the worldwide movement by getting involved in this local event. Join us for the people in the Butler Gallery and the National Craft Gallery across the road for a slow yet, hopefuly rewarding day of peering slowly at art works. The Louvre museum in Paris was shocked to find that on average, people looked at Mona Lisa for 15 aseconds.

Butler Gallery

The Butler Gallery has a central role to play in the cultural life of the city and county of Kilkenny. Through diverse exhibition programming, important collection, and far-reaching education initiatives it actively promotes and affirms the value of arts to society.

The Butler Gallery was awarded Full Museum Accreditation in 2008 from The Heritage Council of Ireland’s Museum Accreditation Scheme for excellence in Caring for Collections, Museum Management, and Exhibition, Education and Visitor Services. www.butlergallery.com

National Craft Gallery

The National Craft Gallery as established in 2000 in the centre of Kilkenny city abd is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. It exhibits Irish and international designers, artists and makers who push boundaries. Its mission is to inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation and helps us understand craft and material culture in Ireland - www.nationalcraftgallery.ie