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.

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

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⦿ PAY MONTHLY OPTION AVAILABLE HERE

  • Complimentary invitation to all Butler Gallery Friend Events
  • Priority invitation to exhibition openings
  • Complimentary invitations to exclusive Friend Events
  • *Priority invitation with 20% discount to Butler Gallery ticketed events
  • 10% discount at MUSE Coffee+Food**
  • 10% discount at the Butler Gallery shop including prints
  • Personalised Butler Gallery Friend card

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

Family Friend €135

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⦿ PAY MONTHLY OPTION AVAILABLE HERE

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

Consider becoming an Ambassador of Butler Gallery and in addition to all the great benefits of being a family friend you will have two additional complimentary invitations (in addition to your existing two), to all Butler Gallery events plus free audio guides for up to four people every time you visit.

Plus being an Ambassador means that when you donate €250 to Butler Gallery you can grow your donation through tax effective giving by €112.25 at no additional cost to you but of huge benefit to Butler Gallery enabling us to further support artists and audiences.

Ambassador €250

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⦿ PAY MONTHLY OPTION AVAILABLE HERE

All the benefits of a Family Friend plus

  • Two guest Invitations to all Butler Gallery Friend Events
  • Free Audio Guide for up to 4 people when visiting the Gallery

Tax Effective Giving: How you can increase your donation amount at no extra cost to you

Butler Gallery can reclaim up to 44.9% in tax from revenue on donations of €250 or more made by individuals, making your donation grow significantly which is of huge benefit to Butler Gallery in supporting artists and audiences, with no additional cost to you.

Your generous donation of €250 can grow to €362.25 when you claim an extra €112.25 in tax back from the Revenue Department on your donation. All you need to do is sign and return a CHY3 tax back form to Rebecca Reynolds, Development Director, Butler Gallery, Evans' Home. John's Quay, Kilkenny or via email to [email protected]

Confidentiality: Your details will remain completely confidential to Butler Gallery and the Revenue Commissioners. The information will not be used for anything other than the tax claim. You don’t need to tell Butler Gallery how much tax you pay and we don’t even need to know whether you are PAYE or self-assessed or what tax rate you pay.

Benefactor €500

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⦿ PAY MONTHLY OPTION AVAILABLE HERE

All of the benefits of an Ambassador, plus

  • Named acknowledgement on exhibition communications
  • Private tour of exhibitions with Gallery Director
  • Free Audio Guide for up to 6 people when visiting the Gallery

Tax Effective Giving: How you can increase your donation amount at no extra cost to you

Butler Gallery can reclaim up to 44.9% in tax from revenue on donations of €250 or more made by individuals, making your donation grow significantly which is of huge benefit to Butler Gallery in supporting artists and audiences, with no additional cost to you.

Your generous donation of €500 can grow to €724.50 when you claim an extra €224.50 in tax back from the Revenue Department on your donation. All you need to do is sign and return a CHY3 tax back form to Rebecca Reynolds, Development Director, Butler Gallery, Evans' Home. John's Quay, Kilkenny or via email to [email protected]

Confidentiality: Your details will remain completely confidential to Butler Gallery and the Revenue Commissioners. The information will not be used for anything other than the tax claim. You don’t need to tell Butler Gallery how much tax you pay and we don’t even need to know whether you are PAYE or self-assessed or what tax rate you pay.

Patron €1,250

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⦿ PAY MONTHLY OPTION AVAILABLE HERE

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
  • Invitation to private events with Artists and Gallery Director
  • Four guest Invitations to all Butler Gallery Friend Events

Tax Effective Giving: How you can increase your donation amount at no extra cost to you

Butler Gallery can reclaim up to 44.9% in tax from revenue on donations of €250 or more made by individuals, making your donation grow significantly which is of huge benefit to Butler Gallery in supporting artists and audiences, with no additional cost to you.

Your generous donation of €1,250 can grow to €1811.25 when you claim an extra €561.25 in tax back from the Revenue Department on your donation. All you need to do is sign and return a CHY3 tax back form to Rebecca Reynolds, Development Director, Butler Gallery, Evans' Home. John's Quay, Kilkenny or via email to [email protected]

Confidentiality: Your details will remain completely confidential to Butler Gallery and the Revenue Commissioners. The information will not be used for anything other than the tax claim. You don’t need to tell Butler Gallery how much tax you pay and we don’t even need to know whether you are PAYE or self-assessed or what tax rate you pay.

Curators' Circle €2,500

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⦿ PAY MONTHLY OPTION AVAILABLE HERE

All the benefits of a Patron plus:

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

Tax Effective Giving: How you can increase your donation amount at no extra cost to you

Butler Gallery can reclaim up to 44.9% in tax from revenue on donations of €250 or more made by individuals, making your donation grow significantly which is of huge benefit to Butler Gallery in supporting artists and audiences, with no additional cost to you.

Your generous donation of €2,500 can grow to €3622.5 when you claim an extra €1,122.5 in tax back from the Revenue Department on your donation. All you need to do is sign and return a CHY3 tax back form to Rebecca Reynolds, Development Director, Butler Gallery, Evans' Home. John's Quay, Kilkenny or via email to [email protected]

Confidentiality: Your details will remain completely confidential to Butler Gallery and the Revenue Commissioners. The information will not be used for anything other than the tax claim. You don’t need to tell Butler Gallery how much tax you pay and we don’t even need to know whether you are PAYE or self-assessed or what tax rate you pay.

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
  • Priority invitation to exhibition openings
  • 20% discount on Butler Gallery events*
  • 10% discount at the Butler Gallery Café
  • Personalised Butler Gallery Friend card

Read more about Tax Effective Giving

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.

Give the Gift of Friendship
Recipient's Name
  • 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.

Terms and Conditions:

*Excludes Fundraising Events

**Patron and Curators Circle artwork loans are subject to certain conditions. Butler Gallery may on occasion need to retrieve work on loan for exhibitions. Artwork retrieved can be replaced by comparable pieces.

***Curators Circle private events relate to the use of the space only and are subject to agreement with Butler Gallery.

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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Monday: closed (except Bank Holidays when Sunday hours apply)
Tuesday-Saturday:
10.00–17.00*
Thursday: Late Night 10.00–20.00*
Sunday: 11.00–17.00*
* last admission is 30 mins before closing times