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/NFP and government arts sectors for 30 years (15 of them in Tasmania), in management, production 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, Administrator at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, curator of Rossmore Steel (the sculpture of Jan King & Paul Hopmeier) and Irene Briant: A Survey and initiator/project manager for the Casula Weaving Garden.

Frances is the former Artistic Director/CEO of GASP (Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park). As Creative Producer at Salamanca Arts Centre 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 and worked in the Public Art and Cultural Development programs. She consulted for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for its online Daily Dose program for NAIDOC week 2020.

Frances has been a Chair of the NAVA NSW State Management Committee and a NAVA National Board member; board member of the Story Island Project; selecting judge for the inaugural Tasmanian Women's Art Prize; judge for the Glamorgan/Spring Bay Art Prize; board member of Huon Folk Inc (Cygnet Folk Festival).


Frances played bass guitar in 80s inner city Sydney in a band that will remain nameless, and many years later played second fiddle in the Huon Valley Society Orchestra. She worked at various roles over ten years on the Cygnet Folk Festival including coordinating the Sunday Cabaret for five years.

Currently she is producing the Floating Scores project in association with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; producing the TSO's Overland Ensemble 2021 regional Tasmanian tour; producing Heathens for performance in collaboration with writer Grace Williams; and administers the Women in Arts Leadership, Tasmania Facebook group.