Arts and Crafts

Butler Gallery
Located in the basement of Kilkenny Castle this contemporary art gallery has its own permanent collection and frequent visiting exhibitions. Admission is free.
Open 7 days a week, all year.
October to March: 10.30am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 5pm.
April:10.30am to 5pm (open during lunch).
May to September: 10am to 5.30pm.
Contact: Pauline Swaine, Gallery Facilitator 
Telephone: 056 7761106
Location: Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle 
Abbey Centre
Features a display of Christian Art and local historical objects. Open all year, Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm.
Location: Convent Lane, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny  
Telephone: 059 9724238                      
Little Ghost Gallery and Studio
An independent space for independent artists. The Gallery acts as a non-commercial unit that facilitates artists endeavours by providing them with a compatible studio and exhibition space.
Location:  Coach Rd, Dean St, Kilkenny  
Loughboy Library
Loughboy Library provides free exhibition space for local groups, organisations and individuals as part of its outreach activities.  For opening times, see Libraries in this book.
Location: Loughboy Shopping Centre, Waterford Rd, Kilkenny
Telephone: 056 7794176
National Craft Gallery
This gallery is the show-case for the best of contemporary, innovative craft work in Ireland. Admission is free.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm (Closed Mondays except Public Holidays). Open Sundays, 11am to 5.30pm, April to December.
Location: Castle Yard, The Parade, Kilkenny 
Telephone: 056 7761804
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MADE in Kilkenny Craft Trail
‘MADE in Kilkenny’ formed to foster excellence in crafts in Co Kilkenny, to encourage the growth of the professional Craft Industry and to promote the County as a shopping destination for authentic, handmade craft in Ireland. All the craftspeople make their own work using both traditional and modern techniques, from the white-hot furnace of the glass-blower to the throwing wheel of the potter. From the practiced hammering and manipulation of precious metals, the careful sawing, turning and chiselling of wood and stone, to the tasteful stitching of textiles and leather, all these craftspeople are contributing to Ireland’s heritage. They are preserving and developing ancient techniques, and presenting you with beautiful pieces to drink and to eat from, to carry and to store things in, to sit on, to admire, and to adorn the body with!
It is intended that the ‘MADE in Kilkenny’ brochure is used as a shopping guide, for a day out visiting various craft shops in Kilkenny’s scenic countryside and historical city. Check out the MADE in Kilkenny website for more information.
Location: 42 Parliament St, Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7752111
South Midlands Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society
This group meets monthly, has a speaker and occasional trips, shop selling equipment and fabrics. Week-end workshops for members. New members welcome. Meet first Thursday of the month, 7.30pm, September to June.
Contact: Alison Baxter Telephone: 051 648924
Location: Social Welfare Hall, St Joseph’s, Waterford Rd, Kilkenny 
Telephone: 087 2506999

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