Kilkenny County Council is collaborating with the Butler Gallery, currently housed in the basement of Kilkenny castle about the move over the nore to the east of the city.
“Pending finance, contract documents for tender can be prepared at very short notice,” the council said on its website.
The proposed redevelopment of Evans Home to a contemporary Art Gallery under the auspices of the Butler Gallery, comprising 870 sq metres of exhibition space was approved by Kilkenny Borough Council under the Part 8 (consultation process) some time ago. The project, estimated to cost €4 million, will be jointly funded by Failte Ireland and the Dept of Arts, Gaeltacht and Heritage with €2 million already secured.
A contemporary addition to Evan’s Home will accommodate the gallery’s existing important collection and facilitate its exhibition and education programme.
The relocation of the Butler Gallery will be an important component in developing a cultural quarter in the heart of the city.
Over time the Butler Gallery aims to reclaim and restore Evan’s Home to facilitate a number of artist studios and fully house education and community outreach programmes.
In doing so, it is hoping to bring back to life a building and site that has remained largely empty for many years, imbuing it with a renewed energy and dynamism which will benefit the immediate area of John Street and Michael Street.