WolfWalkers: The Exhibition
Cartoon Saloon

WolfWalkers: The Exhibition Virtual Tour

How to view the exhibition: Click and drag for a 360 degree view and follow of the paw prints to guide you through. Look out for interactive information icons and play buttons for the full virtual tour experience and real insight into the art of animation.

Virtual Tour Credit: ROJI

Butler Gallery continues its successful partnership with the immensely talented, Kilkenny-based, and four time Oscar© nominated Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, in an exhibition response to their new film WolfWalkers directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart.

The exhibition, designed by Steven McNamara of Roji, includes core working drawings and backgrounds, and highlights the strengths and messages of this animated film whose story offers conflict, humour, pathos and resolution and is centered in medieval Kilkenny in 1650.

In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn, comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, Mebh, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the WolfWalkers and transform her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

The most famous shape-shifters in Irish myths are the man-wolves of Ossory. These shape-shifters were the descendants of Laignech Fáelad, the ancestor of the Kings of Ossory, whose medieval realm included most of County Kilkenny and County Laois.

WolfWalkers focuses on the conflict between individuals who seek to dominate nature and people who want to live in harmony with it. The former see themselves as masters of a land they’ve subdued, whereas the latter share a place in the natural world. That conflict is embodied visually in WolfWalkers: The Exhibition in the contrast between the rectilinear buildings of Kilkenny and the sensually curving vegetation in the forest, a division that extends to the lines used to draw them.

As with previous collaborations with Cartoon Saloon, Butler Gallery will deliver an extensive programme of public engagement for adults and children and will include a talk series with the film directors, historians and environmentalists which will be live streamed online, online tours of the exhibition, an Animator-in-Residence and much more! See More Information links below.


Thanks to Creative Ireland in partnership with RTE Supporting the Arts for this behind the scenes feature.



WolfWalkers: Talk Series

A series of exclusive talks online, delivered by the WolfWalkers Creative Team from Cartoon Saloon, providing a unique insight into animated movie making.



Artist Mollie Anna King has made a tutorial to show you how to create a WolfWalkers landscape as a tunnel lightbox! Gather your materials and create some WolfWalkers magic at home!


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