Congratulations were on offer as The Butler Gallery was rewarded for it’s hard work as they maintained their full accreditation awarded by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.
The Butler Gallery will maintain its status as one of just 15 museums accross the country that have been recognised for high standards under the programme. The gallery will keep its fully accredited status alongside museums such as The National Gallery of Ireland, The GAA Museum, Waterford Museum of Treasures and many more fantastic facilities all around the country.
Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gealtacht, Jimmy Deenihan, T.D. commented “the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland recognises the high standards and level of professionalism which exists within the museum sector. Our cultural heritage is a key factor to attracting tourists and generating economic growth. The museums achieving the various stages of accreditation today are to be commended for their commitment, hard work and vision.
The Butler Gallery, which first attained full accreditation in 2008 is one of the main tourist attractions in Kilkenny and the success of maintaining their full accreditation is vital not only to the Gallery itself but to the economy Kilkenny. The maintaining of their full accreditation is a testament to the dedication and high level of work that everyone at the Butler Gallery has contributed over the last four years. The award is a fantastic acknowledgement of the hard work and high standard achieved by everyone associated with the Butler Gallery.
The Gallery, which is located in Kilkenny Castle is open daily and offers free admission to all age groups will now be focusing on their upcoming exhibition featuring highly regarded Belgian Artist Hans Op de Beeck. Op De Beeck’s vast array of work includes sculptures, installations, videos, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and short story writing. The exhibition will begin on August 11th and end over two months later on October 24th.