Friend Benefits

Become a Butler Gallery Friend and be a part of a world of art and creativity where you are helping to support the visual arts in Kilkenny and Ireland. When you subscribe to Butler Gallery as a Friend, your subscription will be automatically renewed each year. Please note that you can cancel your subscription at any time and you will receive a notification 7 days ahead of your automatic renewal.

Our Friends and Patrons make a huge difference to our organisation and help us to do the work we do through all our activities to support artists and audiences.

Our Patron Loan Scheme is available for individual and corporate supporters and enables our Patrons to enjoy our collection at home or at work.

Click on the boxes below for our Friend Programme support levels and benefits.

Please contact [email protected] or 056 776 1106 for further information about Butler Gallery's Friend Programme.

Individual Friend €75

Join or Renew
  • 1 complimentary ticket to summer party +1 guest invitation (€35 supplement)
  • Priority invitation to exhibition openings
  • Invitations to exclusive Friends events
  • 20% discount on Butler Gallery events*
  • 10% discount at MUSE Coffee+Food**
  • 10% discount at the Butler Gallery shop
  • Personalised Butler Gallery Friend card

* Excludes fundraising events
** Excludes alcohol and online purchases from MUSE Coffee+Food

Family Friend €135

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All of the benefits of an individual friend extended to include a second person at the same address.

Ambassador €250

Join or Renew
  • 2 complimentary tickets to summer party
  • 2 complimentary tickets to selected Butler Gallery events*
  • Priority booking for Butler Gallery events
  • 10% discount on Butler Gallery Limited Editions over €100, excluding fundraising activities
  • Free audio guide for 2 people per visit*

Benefactor €750

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All of the benefits of an Ambassador, plus:

  • 4 complimentary tickets for summer party and selected events*
  • Private tours of exhibitions with Gallery Director
  • Free audio guide for up to 4 people per visit

Patron €1,250

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The Butler Gallery Patrons Programme brings together individuals who are committed to Butler Gallery’s mission and share a passion and interest in emerging Irish and International art.

All of the benefits of a Benefactor, plus:

  • Loan of 1 work from the Butler Gallery Collection**
  • Exclusive invitation to intimate events and private receptions with the Butler Gallery Director and artists

Curators' Circle €2,500

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All the benefits of a Patron plus:

  • Loan of 2 works from the Butler Gallery Collection**
  • Use of Butler Gallery for annual private event

Individual Friend Concession €30

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Concessionary Individual Friends rate applies to students, artists and senior citizens:

  • 1 complimentary ticket to summer party +1 guest invitation (€35 supplement)
  • Priority invitation to exhibition openings
  • 20% discount on Butler Gallery events*
  • 10% discount at the Butler Gallery Café
  • Personalised Butler Gallery Friend card

Give the Gift of Friendship

Give a special person in your life a whole year’s worth of unique experiences they’ll love. Whether they are art dabblers or experts, are passionate about drawing or enjoy being part of a community, they will love being part of a group of like-minded people helping to support Butler Gallery and the visual arts in Ireland.

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  • All Friends at ambassador level and upwards will be listed on the Butler Gallery Friends and Patrons Board.
  • We also offer a concession for individual Friends of €30 for students, artists and senior citizens.

* excludes fundraising events **Patron and Curators’ Circle loans are subject to certain conditions

The Butler Gallery occasionally may need to retrieve work on loan for exhibitions. Artwork retrieved will be replaced by comparable pieces.

How Our Friends Help

From our foundation in 1943 as the Kilkenny Art Gallery Society, Butler Gallery has been at the forefront of visual art in Ireland. With the support our Friends we aim to inspire in everything we do. With invitations to every exhibition and exclusive member events you will be part of a group of visionary group of like-minded art lovers.

When you become a Friend of the Butler Gallery you help us to implement our ambitious and innovative programmes and care for our collection to the highest standard.

In addition to our extensive and important permanent collection of 20th Century Irish Art we present five contemporary art exhibitions annually highlighting the work of emerging and established international and Irish artists and our pioneering Learning and Public Engagement programme brings inspires thousands of adults and school children every year.

By becoming a Friend of the Butler Gallery you will help to:

  • Foster and cultivate visual art in Ireland.
  • Improve individual well-being by supporting a stimulating and reflective space.
  • Bring communities and cultures together through shared projects.
  • Strengthen the local economy by supporting an historic free cultural attraction.
  • Provide stimulation for innovation and creative thinking.
  • Provide positive social impacts and interaction.

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