Alice Butler is a writer based in London, and a PhD researcher in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester with a working thesis title of Close Writing: The Personal Performances of Kathy Acker, Dodie Bellamy, Chris Kraus, Cookie Mueller and Eileen Myles. Her work has been published widely in the art press, including Cabinet, Art Monthly, gorse and frieze. In 2012, she was the winner of the Frieze Writer’s Prize. She has written catalogue essays for artists such as Joanna Rajkowska, Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett, and Kate Lyddon, and given talks at a wide range of institutions, including Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Wysing Arts Centre near Cambridge, the Royal College of Art and Brighton University. In 2015, she was Jerwood Visual Arts Writer in Residence, and in 2016 she produced a series of miniature chapbooks for the 2016 Whitstable Biennale.

 

Awards

Arts and Humanities Research Council Award, University of Manchester, September 2015 – September 2018

President Doctoral Scholar Award, University of Manchester, September 2015 – September 2018

Critical Writing in Art and Design Prize, Royal College of Art, June 2013

Frieze Writer’s Prize, September 2012

Art History Prize, University of Sussex, June 2011


Publications

‘The Peach Slip’, Transition Transformation Transience (London: Wapping Project Commissions, September 2016)

‘Dóra Maurer, 6 out of 5’, frieze, June 2016

‘Autobiographical Bodies’, Cabinet Issue 58: Theft, Spring/Summer 2016

The Bark Babe, Zabludowicz Collection, December 2015 – exhibition text commissioned to coincide with Kate Lyddon’s ‘Zabludowicz Invites’ exhibition at Zabludowicz Collection, London.

‘scrolling the banal babe, in the work of Clunie Reid’, Photoworks Annual Issue 22: Women (Brighton: Photoworks, November 2015)

fiction as friendship, or writing with influence (London: Bow Arts, October 2015) – exhibition text commissioned to coincide with Willem Weissman’s show at Bow Arts in London, Alphabet Soup

‘The boys the girls and the political’, frieze, October 2015

‘To Ann, Finally…’, gorse no.4 (Dublin: Gorse, September 2015)

‘Killing Pain with Language’ (London: l’étrangère, September 2015) – exhibition text commissioned to coincide with Joanna Rajkowska’s show at l’étrangère gallery in London, Painkillers

‘Hannah Collins’, Art Monthly, September 2015

‘Andra Ursuta’, frieze, May 2015

Girls Modelled in Plaster or, Losing Your Head (London: Standpoint gallery, May 2015) – exhibition text commissioned to coincide with Kate Lyddon’s show at Standpoint gallery in London, Kate Lyddon – The Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

‘Rachel Maclean’, frieze, March 2015

Scrolling you, and the cold descriptors (London: APT gallery, March 2015) – exhibition text commissioned to coincide with the group exhibition at APT gallery, Strange Attraction

‘Jonathan Baldock’, frieze, online, June 2014

‘Luis Camnitzer, Sentences’, Tate Research, June 2014

‘Jim Lambie, Ska’s Not Dead’, Tate Research, June 2014

‘Said & Done’, frieze, Issue 163, May 2014

Artificial Hearts (London: Film and Video Umbrella/Jerwood Visual Arts, April 2014) – catalogue essay for What Will They See Of Me? Jerwood/FVU Awards 2014

‘Clunie Reid: In Pursuit of the Liquid’, frieze, January 2014

‘Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks’, TLS, December 2013

‘Unbound Unleashed Unforgiving: Kathy Acker’s Non-Fiction’, Eros Journal III, (London: Eros Press Ltd: London, 2013)

‘Aquatopia’, frieze, October 2013

‘Focus Interview: Caragh Thuring’, frieze, October 2013

‘Aggressively Colloquial: An Interview with Chris Kraus’, with Sarah Jury and Jamie Sutcliffe, Arc 17.2: Crossings Issue (London: Royal College of Art, 2013)

‘An Excess of Selves: Are We All Polymaths Now?’, with Sarah Jury and Jamie Sutcliffe, Arc 17.2: Crossings Issue (London: Royal College of Art, 2013)

‘The Thousand and Third Night: Alternative Miss World, 1975’, After Butler’s Wharf: Essays on a Working Building (London: Royal College of Art, 2013)

‘Poet’s Corner or, An Empty Grave’, Arc 17.1: Rural Issue (London: Royal College of Art, 2013)

‘The Vivisector’, frieze, April 2013

‘Cally Spooner’, frieze, January 2013

‘Crashing into Someword New’, The Coelacanth Journal (London: The Coelacanth Press, 2012)

‘The Historical Box’, frieze, October 2012: winning review of Frieze Writer’s Prize 2012


Talks

Writing at Large, Royal College of Art, London, February 2017: roundtable discussion

‘Last Letters and Love Letters: Getting Closer to Cookie Mueller’, New York University, November 2016: lecture

‘The Peach Slip’, Transition, Transformation, Transience: Wapping Project Commissions Launch, Regent Street Cinema, September 2016: performance reading

‘Fan Letters of Love’, Feminist Readings 2, University of Leeds, April 2016: speaker at a conference on the politics and practice of feminist reading

‘Barf! From weakness to writing’, Unmentionables: Conversations about the Obscene, University of Manchester, February 2016: speaker at an interdisciplinary workshop on approaches to obscenity

Barf Talk, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, February 2016: performance lecture

Zabludowicz Invites Presentation, with Kate Lyddon, Zabludowicz Collection, London, December 2015: live reading of exhibition text with film screening

What Will They See of Me? Conference, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, May 2015: speaker and chair of in-conversation with artists Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett

Artist Talk and Publication Launch, Standpoint Gallery, London, May 2015: reading of exhibition text

Strange Attraction Curator’s Panel, APT Gallery, London, March 2015: panel speaker

What Will They See of Me?, Jerwood Space, March 2015: gallery tour and presentation

‘To Ann, Finally: Barf, Body, Writing’, Legacies of the Avant Garde: Experimental Writings 1960-2014, University of Brighton, November 2014: symposium speaker

‘Ann Quin’s Night-time Ink, A Postscript’, Critical Writing in Art and Design Symposium, Royal College of Art, June 2013: symposium speaker

Christine Brooke-Rose Re-made, Royal College of Art, April 2013: performance reading of Brooke-Rose’s work

‘1970s Experimental Writing: Discovering Sparraws Kneecaps’, Relatively Absolute Symposium, Wysing Arts Centre, March 2013: speaker and Q&A with Elizabeth Price and Stewart Home

Arc 17: Death, ICA, 2012: performance reading


Residencies & Exhibitions  

Whitstable Biennale 2016, Whitstable, June 2016

POSTmatter, Fig-2, ICA Studio, London, July 2015: live writing event

Jerwood Visual Arts Writer in Residence, Spring 2015