Butler Gallery is top class

    From left Colette Byrne, CEO Kilkenny County Council with Anna O'Sullivan, Director and Ailis Feehan and Michael Parsons, Chair, Heritage Council at the Museum Standards for Ireland Programme awards’ ceremony in Kilkenny Castle

    THE BUTLER Gallery confirmed its status of a Fully Accredited member of the Museum Standards for Ireland Programme at an awards ceremony in Kilkenny Castle.

    Established by the Heritage Council in 2006 to benchmark and promote professional standards in the care of collections, the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) has attracted involvement across the cultural spectrum.

    Representative of the new dynamism and activity of the museum sector in 2018, the Butler Gallery is one of 64 museums and galleries to benefit from participation in the MSPI to date.

    While recognising the achievement of standards through accreditation, the MSPI is also about supporting the museum community as a whole.

    Its participants engage in a range of processes, which help to secure Ireland’s collections for future generations and to engage its visitors with what those collections have to offer.

    Representatives from the Butler Gallery joined museum workers, professional and voluntary, from across Ireland at the MSPI awards.

    It was one of nine Irish museums recognised for excellence and professionalism, and one of eight to be awarded the top standard of Full Accreditation.

    The MSPI assessor commented favourably on the Butler Gallery’s ‘high standards and strong commitment from staff and Board members and its policy of collaborating with other institutions in Ireland and abroad.’

    The gallery’s successful collaboration with Cartoon Saloon, for example, in the making the Song of the Sea Exhibition saw the Butler Gallery receive the Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Midsize Sponsorship in 2016.

    The Breadwinner Exhibition, now on show in the gallery was also made in collaboration with Cartoon Saloon.

    Most significant ongoing objective of the Butler Gallery is developing a new venue for the Gallery at Evan’s Home in partnership with Kilkenny County Council and supported by Fáilte Ireland.

    Work started early June and Butler Gallery hopes to be open to the public there by early 2020.