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Installation view of My Minds i by Janet Mullarney. Photo Ros Kavanagh

My Minds i

  • Audio Description

Janet Mullarney, My Minds i
Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
October 24th – December 14th 2015
Audio described

Discovery Pens make art accessible to people with visual impairments by playing audio descriptions of the works, as well as statements by the artists and curators of the exhibition. This is especially relevant in an exhibition that explores the interior of the mind and visual mental imagery.

In the exhibition, small fragile sculptures are juxtaposed with backdrops and a heightened lighting scheme where a mysterious theatrical world will unfold. More like drawings, and avoiding any obligation to the monumental, these small insignificant figures stand alone on large open spaces to create an anarchic independence, and the subversive effectiveness of the silent interior of the artist’s thoughts.

My Mind’s i will unwind some inner vision suggesting the vastness of experience and aloneness of each individual in their transition through life, regardless of their experiences. Consequently, it can only be translated through the viewer and suggests the impossibility of knowing oneself or the other.

First shown at Highanes Gallery, My Minds i, is Mullarney’s first large-scale exhibition in five years and will be shown in a site-specific configuration for the four segmented spaces of the Butler Gallery. My Minds i, is an Arts Council Touring exhibition curated by Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, with lighting design by Marcus Costello

Janet Mullarney, ARHA, is one of Ireland’s most important artists working today. The title of the exhibition, My Minds i, refers to the idiom mind’s eye and to the human ability for visualisation, for the experiencing of visual mental imagery; one’s ability to ‘see’ things with the mind, and to the power of the psychic imagination that communicates important subterranean messages to be deciphered.

Alongside the Discovery Pens, touch resources are available at the reception of the Butler Gallery for visitors. The Butler Gallery can also facilitate audio described tours for groups of 5+. For more information contact Bairbre-Ann Harkin at the Butler Gallery on 056 7761106 or email

Butler Gallery (until 13 Dec 2015)
The Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland
T: 056 776 1106
Opening Hours: 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4.30pm

My Minds i at Butler Gallery in 2015. Photo Roland Paschhoff

My Minds i by Janet Mullarney at Butler Gallery Kilkenny

Photo credit Roland Paschhoff

My Minds i opens at Wexford Arts Centre Autumn 2016

My Minds I by Janet Mullarney


My Minds i by Janet Mullarney. Installation view from Highlands gallery

Photo credit Ros Kavanagh

My Minds i at Butler Gallery. Photo: Roland Paschhoff

Installation shot from My Minds i by Janey Mullarney at Butler Gallery Kilkenny

Photo credit Roland Paschhoff

Bairbre-Ann Harkin, Butler Gallery and Janet Mullarney talking to Pádraig Naughton on Arts & Disabiltiy Radio (NearFM

Bairbre-Ann Harkin, Butler Gallery and Janet Mullarney, artist after an interview with Pádraig Naughton on Arts & Disability Radio (Near FM 90.3)

Listen to the interview here

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