Captivating exhibits - Butler Gallery

Captivating exhibits - Butler Gallery

A glimpse of the treasures held in the Butler Gallery collection are on view in the gallery situated in the basement of Kilkenny Castle.

And it is well worth browsing through it before it finishes on February 21.

And a rather dramatic and haunting finale to the exhibition awaits you.

Sitting Room, is a 2012, a film work by the hugely gifted Patrick Jolley (1964-2012), kindly on loan from the estate of Patrick Jolley.

A detached house is slowly and steadily swallowed up by the ground beneath it. The occupant of the house remains too preoccupied to react, and sinks with the house into the morass below.

It is hugely topical following the recent floods in Kilkenny and it is a moving piece of cinematography.

There are a number of things going on in the 15 minute short film which is really excellent and worth seeing.

Permanent collection

The Butler Gallery has an extraordinary resource in its fine permanent collection.

Established in 1943, the collection has continued to flourish through gift, loan and purchase. It is a rich archive to which the inquisitive eye may turn and return. The gallery has an on-going commitment to keep this diverse collection fluid, exhibited and enjoyed by the public. Including loans from the Sir Basil Goulding Collection and private collections, the Butler Gallery Collection is an eclectic catalogue that can be read and appreciated on many levels.

The gallery through director, Anna O'Sullivan continues to explore this valuable resource and revisit beloved favourites, showcase new acquisitions, and introduce new long-term loans to the collection. This selection reflects the broad character of the collection itself and embraces a variety of genres from painting, drawing and printmaking, to photography and media works.

Richard Mosse

The exhibition also introduces new gifts and loans to the collection including works by Felicity Clear, David King, Stephen McKenna, Richard Mosse and Gypsy Ray.

These collective works convey a contemporary freshness and are a window into this ever-evolving collection, which we are fortunate to maintain here in Kilkenny.

Grateful thanks are extended to the Bligh and Sato families and the estate of Patrick Jolley.

With thanks to the Arts Council the OPW, FAS, The Heritage Council and Kilkenny Local Authorities for additional assistance.