Phillipa Butters’ contemporary art practice is intensively varied as she experiences the diverse joy and therapeutic nature of the creative process in various mediums. For Butters, branching into Art Therapy, the amalgamation of art and therapy, was inevitable. Her role at an Art Psychotherapy private practice facilitates Art Therapy groups and enriches her art practice. It intensifies a crucial dimension that empowers Butters in ‘seeing things differently’. This dimension is strikingly depicted in her art work that shows in her latest exhibition, Otherness. Butters has enjoyed a fruitful artistic career and has been a finalist in numerous Art Prizes.
1979 – 1981 Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
1981 – 1983 Bachelor of Social Studies, University of Sydney
1990 – 1993 Ceramics – Certificate course, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE
1990 – 1992 Drawing – Certificate course, TAFE NSW
2001 – 2003 Sculpture – Tom Bass Sculpture School
2007 – 2010 Graduate Diploma in Art – Major in Painting, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
2010 – 2014 Master of Art Therapy, University of Western Sydney.
2000 – Current – Ongoing art classes at Willoughby Art Centre
2018 Otherness (with Paul Williams), Thienny Lee Gallery, Edgecliff.
2015 One Thing Leads to Another, Ewart Gallery – Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby
2009 Big Paintings- Small Paintings, Ewart Gallery – Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby
2009 Big Wednesday, Ewart Gallery – Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby
2008 1200K West Fowlers Gap – student group exhibition, COFA Space Gallery
2007 8 Artists, Gallery 307, Northbridge
2006 The Big Picture, Recent works (3 artists), Gallery 307, Northbridge
2005 Found, Ewart Gallery – Workshop Art Centre, Willoughby
2005 Colours, Recent Works (3 artists), Gallery 307, Northbridge.
2016 Little Things Art Prize – Finalist, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington
2016 Hunters Hill Art Prize – Finalist, Hunters Hill Exhibition, Hunter Hill
2017 Ewart Art Prize 2017 – Finalist, Willoughby Art Centre and Ewart gallery, Willoughby
2017 Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize – Finalist, Ravenswood School for Girls, Gordon
Other Work experience
Worked as a social worker, volunteered and later as an Art Therapist for over 25 years within the welfare, education and health sectors both government and non-government in local, state and national organisations.
2014-2017 Art Therapist at KidsXpress, KidsLink