Associate Professor Sally Butler

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
sallybutler@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53037

Overview

Sally Butler is a Reader in Art History.

Sally Butler took up the position as lecturer in Art History at the University of Queensland in 2004 after a period as Art History lecturer at the Australian National Univeristy in Canberra. Visual arts industry experience includes working for the Queensland Art Gallery and a number of freelance curating projects, and several years as Associate Editor of Australian Art Collector magazine and one of the edtiors for the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art. Sally regularly writes for Australian visual arts magazines, maintaining a particular interest in contemporary Australian art, Australian indigenous art and new media art.

Research

Her research interests include cross-cultural critical theory, Australian Indigenous art, Australian contemporary art, photography and new media art. Current research includes: Indigenous art from Far North Queensland, Virtual Reality theory and photography, contemporary Queensland photography, and art and cultural tourism.

Research Interests

  • Cross-cultural critical theory
  • Australian Indigenous art
    Particularly Indigenous art of Far North Queensland, and the history of Indigenous art and politics 1975-1985
  • Australian contemporary art
  • Photography
    Particularly contemporary Queensland photography
  • New media art & Neuroplasticity
  • Art and cultural tourism
    Researching how remote Indigenous art centres can sustain themselves through expanded cultural tourism

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This project aims to understand how Australian Indigenous art encapsulated and helped to communicate political ideas about Indigenous land rights, social justice and equality in a period that also saw the emergence of the modern Australian Indigenous art movement.

  • This project is a regional touring exhibition of the western Queensland artist, Peta Warner. Her work is part of the renewed interest in graphite drawing and explores the minituae of a rural life in migratory beekeeping and sheep farming. The three series of works include graphite on gesso and mixed media assemblage.

  • This project examines how contemporary photomedia art communicates in modes of synaesthesia that are best understood through new neuroscience and the relationship between multi-sensory stimuli, brain function, and human response.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Butler, Sally (2017). 'Temporary Belonging': Indigenous cultural tourism and community art centres. In Susan Carson and Mark Pennings (Ed.), Performing cultural tourism: communities, tourists and creative practices (pp. 13-28) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Butler, Sally (2017). Australian indigenous art and literature. In Tom Clark, Emily Finlay and Phillipa Kelly (Ed.), Worldmaking: literature, language, culture (pp. 107-116) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/fillm.5

  • Butler, Sally (2017). Die Kunst der Torres-Strait-Inseln. In David Ng, Peter W. Thompson, Philip Bracht and Holger Stephan (Ed.), Australische Indigene Kunstausstellung im Skulpturenpark Westerberg, Kunstler Bei Wu 2017 (pp. 51-56) Germany: Kunstler Bei Wu and Holy Verlag.

  • Butler, Sally and Bleiker, Roland (2017). Embodied witnessing: Indigenous performance art as political dissent. In Kia Lindroos and Frank Moller (Ed.), Art as political witness (pp. 99-115) Berlin, Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers.

  • Butler, Sally (2017). Secrecy sensuality and politics in the writings and spoken word of Sam Watson. In Rex Butler (Ed.), Dave Hullfish Bailey + Sam Watson: CityCat Project 2006-2016 (pp. 96-97) Berlin, Germany: Sternberg Press.

  • Butler, Sally (2015). Alick Tipoti's 'on-beat' art: rhythm, cosmology & continuity. In Sally Butler (Ed.), Alick Tipoti Zugubal: Ancestral Spirits (pp. 30-40) Cairns, QLD, Australia: Cairns Regional Gallery.

  • Butler, Sally (2015). Introduction. In Sally Butler (Ed.), Alick Tipoti Zugubal: Ancestral Spirits (pp. 5-7) Cairns, QLD, Australia: Cairns Regional Gallery.

  • Butler, Sally (2013). Dick Roughsey Goobalathaldin: Goobalathaldin's modern life. In Ian Were (Ed.), Newv3: Selected recent acquisitions 2011-2103 (pp. 82-83) St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2013). Ngalpingka Simms's Wayul: occupying space. In Ian Were (Ed.), Newv3: Selected recent acquisitions 2011-2103 (pp. 32-33) St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2012). Mavis Ngallametta, creative country; The Lockhart River 'Old Girls' a homelands state of mind; Roy McIvor - Wawu; Bagu commemorative objects. In Ian Were (Ed.), New, v. 2: selected recent acquisitions, 2009-2011 (pp. 127-133) St Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2012). The "presence" of Queensland Indigenous art. In Stephen Gilchrist (Ed.), Crossing cultures: the Owen and Wagner collection of contemporary aboriginal Australian art at the Hood Museum of Art (pp. 82-91) Hanover, New Hampshire, USA: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.

  • Butler, Sally (2010). Experimental art in Queensland. In Sally Butler and Henrietta Marrie (Ed.), Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2010 (pp. 14-26) Brisbane, Australia: Arts Queensland.

  • Butler, Sally (2010). Goobalathaldin's Rainbow Serpent. In Follett, Roslyn (Ed.), Found in Fryer : Stories from the Fryer Library Collection (pp. 172-173) St Lucia: University of Queensland Library.

  • Butler, Sally (2009). Translating the spectacle: John Mawurndjul's intercultural aesthetic. In Claus Volkenandt and Christian Kaufmann (Ed.), Between indigenous Australia and Europe : John Mawurndjul : Art histories in context (pp. 161-174) Canberra ACT: Aboriginal Studies Press.

  • Butler, Sally (2008). Alick Tipoti: Zugubal. In Michele Helmrich (Ed.), New: selected recent acquisitions 2007 - 2008 (pp. 72-73) St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2008). Brook Andrew: retrieving history. In Helmrich, Michelle (Ed.), New: selected recent acquisitions 2007 - 2008 (pp. 130-131) St Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2008). Exploiting the avant-garde. In Sally Butler (Ed.), Fully expolited labour: Pat Hoffie (pp. 104-105) Brisbane, Australia: The University Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2008). Introduction. In Sally Butler (Ed.), Fully expolited labour: Pat Hoffie (pp. 97-97) Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2008). Rosella Namok: our way. In Helmrich, Michelle (Ed.), New: selected recent acquisitions 2007 - 2008 (pp. 38-39) St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, S. (2007). Outstation art: Emily Kngwarreye and Utopia Awelye batik. In Seear, L. and Ewington, J. (Ed.), Brought to Light II. Contemporary Australian Art 1966-2006 from the Queensland Art Gallery (pp. 176-183) South Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery Publishing.

  • Butler, S M (2006). The after-image of reason. In Jocelyn Wolfe (Ed.), Sensing the Surface: Carl Warner Images 1995-2005 (pp. 11-22) Brisbane, Qld, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.

  • Butler, Sally (2003). Cape York's Time in Motion. In Weir, Ian (Ed.), Story Place Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest (pp. 192-199) Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Butler, Sally (2015). Weaving worldviews and waste: GhostNets art personalizing environmental ethics. In: Katharine Thornton, Unmaking Waste 2015, Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place. Unmaking Waste 2015, University of South Australia, Adelaide, (578-586). 22-24 May 2015.

  • Butler, Sally (2001). Unnatural Origins: Contemporary Aesthetics and an Environmental Point of View. In: Hindmarsh, Richard, Situating the Environment at the University of Queensland. Environment & Culture Interdisciplinary Conference, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, (1-7). 2001.

  • Butler, S. (2000). The role of Aura at the end of the Millenium. In: Pre/dictions. The Role of Art at the End of the Millenium. The role of art at the end of the millennium, Victoria University, Wellington, (44-47). 2-5 December, 1999.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This project aims to understand how Australian Indigenous art encapsulated and helped to communicate political ideas about Indigenous land rights, social justice and equality in a period that also saw the emergence of the modern Australian Indigenous art movement.

  • This project is a regional touring exhibition of the western Queensland artist, Peta Warner. Her work is part of the renewed interest in graphite drawing and explores the minituae of a rural life in migratory beekeeping and sheep farming. The three series of works include graphite on gesso and mixed media assemblage.

  • This project examines how contemporary photomedia art communicates in modes of synaesthesia that are best understood through new neuroscience and the relationship between multi-sensory stimuli, brain function, and human response.