Frances Butler

Frances Butler is an independent creative producer based in lutruwita / Tasmania, born in Aotearoa / New Zealand.


As GAP IN THE FENCE  she specialises in interdisciplinary creative collaborations.

Frances has extensive experience in arts management and production in visual and performing arts sectors and is a published arts writer. She has worked in NGO and government arts sectors for over 25 years; in management, delivery and research roles in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. 


Frances' experience includes: producer, director and co-writer of A Tasmanian Requiem, lead researcher for the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery exhibition John Glover & the Colonial Picturesque, administrator of the 5th Australian Sculpture Triennial, Public Affairs Officer for the Australia Council, curator of Rossmore Steel (the steel sculpture of Jan King & Paul Hopmeier).


As Creative Producer at SAC she enabled The People's Library, Yoga Clowns of the Apocalypse, The Outsider, TohuVBohu, and produced the New Alchemists and Proof of Life exhibitions. For six years she coordinated The City of Hobart Art Prize for the Hobart City Council.


Frances played bass guitar in 80s inner city Sydney in a band that will remain nameless, and years later played the proverbial 'second fiddle' in the Huon Valley Society Orchestra. She is a board member of the Story Island Project, and the Cygnet Folk Festival where she's coordinated the Sunday Cabaret for five years. At present Frances is the Artistic Director/CEO of GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park).