€6 million project to create new home for the Butler Gallery
A NEW addition to Kilkenny tourism and home to valuable historical collections is set to open to the public early next year.
The new Butler Gallery at Evan’s Home is a €6 million project that will house a large contemporary gallery for major temporary exhibitions, the Butler permanent collection, the Tony O’Malley collection, a media gallery, and an education and learning centre.
In addition to the refurbishment of the historic building itself, the development will create a new public open space, which will include a children’s garden, an archaeological garden, a sculpture garden and a new pedestrian connection from John Street to John’s Quay.
The transformation of Evan’s Home into the new Butler Gallery is jointly funded by Kilkenny County Council with the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.
Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr. Peter ‘Chap” Cleere on visiting the site said: “the amazing transformation of Evan’s Home to a new home for the Butler Gallery demonstrates the continuing commitment of Kilkenny County Council to the preservation of the City’s built heritage and patronage of the arts.”