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Kilkenny County Council

Mission / Aims

The Arts Office purpose is to develop, co-ordinate, motivate, inspire and strengthen artistic activity throughout the city and county. We work to further strengthen Kilkenny’s position as a centre of excellence for the arts and ensure a successful and prosperous arts environment within the region.

Kilkenny City and County has an extensive, illustrious and spirited tradition within the arts, we have a rich and varied cultural and craft heritage combined with an abundance of Festivals. The arts continue to be a significant ingredient in Kilkenny largely contributing to the progression of the social, cultural, creative, economic, and political future of Kilkenny. The Arts are an integral part of the cultural, tourism and economic development of the city and county.

Areas of activities

Arts Access and Disability Training

In 2014 the Arts office provided another year of awareness training about access to the arts for all people. This was a collaborative project between the Arts Office, Access Department and Community and Culture Departments. We were keen to inform on a broad level, to initiate dialogue and essentially to effect change. Therefore we provided organisations the opportunity to attend free interactive workshops focused on embedding accessibility within Kilkenny’s Creative sector to make the Arts Accessible for Everyone. 2014 training included Communication Training with Inclusion Ireland and Web accessibility training with the National Council of the Blind’s Centre for Inclusive Technology.  The training was attended by representatives from Butler Gallery, The Drum, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Commonage (Callan), Castlecomer Discovery Park, KCAT, Blackstack Studio, Open Circle Arts, The Watergate Theatre.


‘By hearing from people with disabilities today it’s helped become more aware of barriers that our organisation might address’ (Feedback from training participant)

personal development needs and explore creative responses to address those needs. The project operates in essence as a community development programme for the benefit of socio-economic disadvantaged women and women who feel isolated or marginalised in Kilkenny city and county. It aims to provide support and educational activities with a view to enhancing knowledge and understanding of the visual arts for the local community, thus contributing to the economic development of the area through the development of life long learning, developing new skills among participants and helping combat disadvantage among women in the county.




Mary Butler
Arts Officer


5 Dean Street,
Kilkenny City


056 7794138



Web Address


Dublin North East

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