101% Funded


Target: €4500


€4,545 Raised


56 Funders

What is Art? Children's Publication

By Butler Gallery, Kilkenny


What is Art? is a journal created by Alan, Clara, Clodagh, David, Donna, Feidhlim, Ferdia, Jamie, Jesse, Maggie, Niall, Niamh and Roisin - young people from our Solas programme, to encourage and inspire people of all ages to experience and respond to contemporary art in a more fulfilling and refreshing way. Bring it with you when you visit galleries – there’s room for you to add your own thoughts and doodles as you go!

Why and how did we do it?
Solas is the Butler Gallery’s programme for children aged 5-12 run by artists Jean Conroy and Jenny Dunne, who realise creative responses to exhibitions with children in the Gallery. It celebrated its 10th birthday in 2010, and we wanted to find a way to share the insight and perspectives of those who have participated in recent years.

We contacted Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in Sligo who agreed to partner with us on the idea of making a book by children from the Solas programme, for people of all ages to get more out of visits to galleries. Kids’ Own facilitated initial workshops with children establishing their opinions on what sort of books they did and didn’t like, from which emerged a group of 13 young people who worked with us to realise the final product.

The group of 13 embarked on a year of investigation into the exhibition programme of the Butler Gallery in 2010, interviewing 4 exhibiting artists - multimedia and performance artist Aideen Barry, painter George Vaughan, photographer Jackie Nickerson and performance artist Declan Rooney. The outcome of these interviews informed the final content of the book. During further workshops in late 2010 and early 2011, the final content was created and agreed upon by the group. In the words of one of the young participants, this is ‘a publication that is everything to do with art’.

How will we use the money?
While a number of funding partners have supported the development of this project (taxback.com, Leader Rural Funds, Kilkenny Education Centre and Kilkenny County Council Arts Office and Libraries), we are still in need of the remaining €4,500 to print the final draft of the book.

Thank you for your support of this exciting project!




Dear all, A quick final note to say thanks for your collective support with the funding of the 'What is Art' children's book. It was looking a bit hairy in the final stages, but we got there about an hour ago and the book will indeed be going to print! Looking forward to communicating with you further to let you know when to expect the arrival of your rewards. Please come to our opening this weekend, Saturday 25 June from 3-5 of 'From Us, Through Them, To You' curated by our Red Square youth group, and have an non-alcoholic cocktail on us! If you are interested in a curator's tour of this exhibition on Saturday or throughout the month of July, or would like to avail of early booking for our Solas workshops which will be publicised in the next couple of weeks, please don't hesitate to get in touch via jean@butlergallery.com or 056 7761106. All the best for now and a big THANK YOU!!! Jean

Last few days

Dear all, The good news is we're over the 50% mark... but with only 4 days to go!!! We had a great night at the Blindganger Film Night last night and the offer of early booking (and free) Solas workshops for the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August still stands if you have or will be funding the project (more info below). We would also like to offer you a personalised tour and tickets to the afterparty of our forthcoming exhibition, 'From us, through them, to you' (an exhibition of the Butler Gallery Collection chosen by our Red Square youth group) on Saturday 25 June from 3-5. I'll be talking about this on Facebook and Twitter over the next 4 days, so please spread the word as far and wide as you can! Thanks again for your support and looking forward to contacting you with good news on Monday! All the best for now, Jean Solas Supreme Monday 8 – Friday 12 August, 11am-1pm Butler Gallery and Kilkenny Castle Park 5 – 12 year olds Enjoy a supreme week of outdoor Solas workshops in the Castle Park with artists Jean Conroy and Jenny Dunne. Inspired by the stories that unfold in Ian Burns ‘Supreme Fiction’, create fantastical, humourous sculptures with other children using everyday household materials.

12 days to go!

Dear supporters, A quick note to fill you in on how we're doing - 23% funded and counting, with just 12 days to go... We're continuing to tweet and post info and images on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, so join us at the links below. We have 2 additional incentives available for you and anyone who funds us in the next week - for families we have special pre-booking available for our popular Kilkenny Arts Festival children's workshops ('Solas Supreme', listed below) and for film lovers, front row seats and a free drink at our Blinganger Film Night next Wednesday where we'll be screening 'Fantastic Voyage' from 1966 (more info below). So please help and spread the word and avail of the additional rewards! Al the best, Jean http://twitter.com/butlergallery http://www.facebook.com/butlergallery Solas Supreme Monday 8 – Friday 12, 11am-1pm Butler Gallery and Kilkenny Castle Park 5 – 12 year olds Enjoy a supreme week of outdoor Solas workshops in the Castle Park with artists Jean Conroy and Jenny Dunne. Inspired by the stories that unfold in Ian Burns ‘Supreme Fiction’, create fantastical, humourous sculptures with other children using everyday household materials. Blindganger Film Night: 'Fantastic Voyage' Billy Byrne's, John Street Wednesday 15 June, 830 til late On the occasion of Vera Klute’s exhibition, the Butler Gallery hosts a film night at Billy Byrne’s Pub linked to science fiction themes in the exhibition. And the film has been decided! It's Richard Fleischer's 'Fantastic Voyage' from 1966. Here's the deal... A diplomat is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream. Starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch and Edmond O'Brien, this film is sure to get you thinking differently about the body in a similar way to Vera Klute's exhibition.

A week into our Fund It Project...

Dear 'What is Art' funders, We're a week into our Fund It drive to print the brilliant contents of children's book 'What is Art'. Thanks again for your support. We've reached approx. 10% of our target and will be ramping up the campaign over the next few weeks on Facebook and Twitter, with excerpts from the book about what art is - please tune in! Also, we wanted to invite you to the biggest Drawing Day in the country happening in Kilkenny Castle Park this Saturday from 12-4. We're offering our funders VIP treatment on the day so please announce yourselves at reception if you make it! All the best for now, Jean

funders (56)

There are 48 public funders of this project

There are 8 anonymous funders of this project