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A Journey to Accessibility: Arts & Disability Ireland audio describe artworks from the Butler Gallery’s Permanent Collection

Posted: 6 March, 2019

In 2017, Butler Gallery Kilkenny commissioned Arts & Disability Ireland to audio describe 160 artworks from their permanent collection. This was made possible through the Arts and Culture Small Capital Grants Scheme funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Arts & Disability Ireland and Butler Gallery have been working in partnership to provide audio description for visitors who are blind or visually impaired between 2013 and 2018.

We have audio described one exhibition each year at Butler Gallery over these 6 years. Art Makes Children Powerful by Bob & Roberta Smith (2013), The Talking Earth by Amy Walsh (2014), My Minds i by Janet Mullarney (2015), Block and Receive by Cliona Harmey (2016), Personae: Butler Gallery Collection featuring loans from the IMMA Collection (2017) and The Breadwinner by Cartoon Saloon (2018).

Discovery Pens have been available to give access to additional information about these exhibitions. Using the pens audiences who are blind or visually impaired can explore the art works through artists’ statements, curatorial statements and audio descriptions of the work.

For more information on this partnership and the exhibitions above see:


Watch: A Journey to Accessibility (with audio description)


Watch: A Journey to Accessibility (with open captions)

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