Sally Butcher is an artist, lecturer and researcher based in Birmingham, UK. Her work engages with feminist discourse on female subjectivity across intersections of identity, spaces, body and image. She explores these as "gendered surfaces", between binaries of natural/cultural, desired/desiring and inside/outside, working mostly through the mediums of drawing, printmaking and photography. Blending her Fine Art (BA) and Cultural Studies (MA) background, her practice is underpinned by an academic framework of female embodiment, used to question conventional representations within spheres of the domestic, maternal and erotic. This focus on the theoretical and critical terrains as the bedrock of Fine Art making also fuels her teaching; working part-time as Course Director for a Foundation Diploma, and Lead Tutor for the upcoming British Arts Show 9.

Her work has been exhibited in group shows nationally and internationally and is held in public and private collections. She is currently undertaking her research practice project, awarded DYCP funding from the Arts Council England: ‘Re.conceive: Investigating the Invisibility of Infertility in the Visual Arts’, which seeks to challenge naturalised reproduction and reframe the narrative of normative motherhood with representations of the sub-maternal. Through this project, she has been featured in Elephant magazine, Maternal Art, Mothers Who Make, Artist Mother Podcast, Female Photographers, M.A.M.A. with Procreate Project (forthcoming), Coventry Biennial and shortlisted for the Jerwood Photoworks award. Her essay ‘Ma - Reframing the Representation of the Maternal Subject in the (Negative) Space of (M)otherhood’ is due to be published in the anthology ‘An Artist and A Mother’ (Demeter Press) next year.


2020-present Lead Teacher for British Art Show 9, Arts Connect / Wolverhampton University / Wolverhampton Gallery
2011-present Lecturer in Fine Art & Drawing, Birmingham Metropolitan College
      - Course leader for Foundation Diploma
      - Head of Fine Arts Practice; Printmaking; Lens Based Processes, HND Fine Art
2010-11 Lecturer in Art & Design, Cadbury College, Birmingham (part-time)
2010-11 Artist Tutor in Art & Design, mac, Birmingham (part-time)

2008-2009 PGCE Art & Design, Birmingham City University
2004-2005 MA Cultural Studies, University of Lancaster - Distinction
1999-2003 BA (Hons) in Fine Art, University of Leeds - Class 1:1
2001-2002 BA Studio Arts, University of California, Irvine, USA - GPA 4.0 (1 year EAP program)

2021 (Shortlisted) Jerwood Photoworks Award
2020 (Recipient) ACE Grant 'Develop Your Creative Practice' Award
2004 (Recipient) AHRC Award full scholarship for MA Cultural Studies

2022 Twenty Twenty Collection, Jan-Mar, The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK
2021 I Want Your Drawing! 3 of Obsessions, 5-12 September, Nuevo Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2021 Petri Dish Project, 17-22 July, Tebbs Gallery, London, UK
2021 Ikon for Artists, 17th-31st May, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2021 Maternochronics, Maternal Exhaustion in the time of the Pandemic, May, Indiana, USA (online)
2021 If Not Now, When? 8th March - 11th April, Spilt Milk Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (online)
2021 Healing Chaos, 20th January - 1st March, Ladies Drawing Club, St Petersburg, Russia (online)
2020 You are not wonderful just because you are a Mother, 14th Dec-14th Feb, Artist/Mother Podcast, Indiana, USA (online)
2020 Red, 5th October-9th November, Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby, UK (online)
2019 Summer Camp, 27th August-6th September, EOP, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK
2018 Insights, 26 May - 3 June, International New School Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2015 Game Over, 28 April-24 July, The Coffin Works, Birmingham, UK
2014 Beforma, 3 Oct -1 Nov, Stryx, Birmingham, UK
2014 Print Biennial, 16 July-23 August, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham, UK
2014 Pen, 15 May-15 June, The Pen Room, Birmingham, UK
2012 Invasion, 22-30 September, A.E. Harris, Birmingham, UK
2012 Outlined, 27 April-19 May, Minerva Works, Birmingham, UK
2010 Blacked Out, 19-28 Aug, Arch 897, London Bridge, London, UK
2010 North Worcestershire Open, 6 May-13 June, Artix, Bromsgrove, UK
2010 Worcester Works, 24 April-26 June, PITT/WAW, Worcester, UK
2009 Print Now (shortlisted), Jan 2010, Bearspace Gallery, London Art Fair, UK
2009 Arts Fest, 11-13 Sept, Birmingham, UK
2008 Electric Eclectic, 10-17 Feb, Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK
2007 Identity Parade, 20-25 Feb, Custard Factory, Birmingham, UK

2021 (lead) re.conceive: Investigating the Invisibility of Infertility in the Visual Arts
2021 (contrib) Pieced Together: celebrating community and identity with Artist/Mothers, Artist Mother Podcast, Indiana, USA
2019-21 (contrib) Remaking the Human Body, Dr Josie Hamper, Queen Mary, University of London
2019 (collab) Performing the Maternal: Bodies, Haptic Practices and Ethics, Maud Lannen PhD, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2022 "Ma - Reframing the Representation of the Maternal Subject in the (Negative) Space of (M)otherhood" in An Artist and A Mother,
Demeter Press (text/image)
2021 “Sub-maternal Visions” in M.A.M.A with Procreate Project, Museum of Motherhood, Mom Egg Review, September, UK (text/image)
2021 "Torn and Adorned" in Magazín iLeGaLiT, July, Slovakia (image)
2021 "Reconceive Invisibilities" in Maternal Art, June, UK (text)
2021 "Concealed and Revealed" in Square Magazine, April, France (image)
2020 "Silent Maternal" in Mothers Who Make Zine, February, Coventry (image)
2010 "Skin Tight", essay in Haptic Visions, Tangible Images by Isil Onol PhD, University of Huddersfield (text)

2021 "Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Fertility?", Elephant magazine by Hettie Judah
2021 Mothers in Residence interview
2021 Artist / Mother Podcast Instagram Takeover
2020 FemalePhotographers.org featured artist, selected by Qiana Mestrich

2021 The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK, Twenty, Twenty Capsule Collection ("Lockdown Hair, Who Cares?" triptych)

2021 Spilt Milk Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2021 'Infertile Visions", November, Mothers Who Make, part of Coventry Biennial, UK

2021 Mothers, A Very Special Place, IKON in the 1990s, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2013 Draw Your Story - City of 1000 Stories, Children’s Hospital, Birmingham
2012 Explore Drawing - City of 1000 Stories, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham
2012 Exploration of Drawing Narrative - Birmingham Book Festival, Birmingham Central Library
2012 Project in a Night - Alternative Drawing, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Birmingham
2011 Inside/Out/In-Betweeness - Digital Art, Cadbury College, Birmingham
2011 Expressive Image Transfer - Printmaking for The Woods, Jane Packman, mac, Birmingham
2010 Lost Happy Endings - Shadow Puppet Workshop, Carol-Ann Duffy production, mac, Bham
2010 Surrealist Juxtapositions – Ordinary Extraordinary - Printmaking, Cadbury College, Birmingham
2010 Inside/Outside/Back to Front - Drawing, Cadbury College, Birmingham
2010 Picturing Community – Experimental Drawing, mac, Birmingham

2018- present Extra Ordinary People, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
2011-17 Transient Art (Co-Founder)- West Midlands collective, creating dialogue between art & audience in
non-traditional spaces
2009-10 BCU Academic Research Group - creating cohesion between Education & Contemporary Art

For further information, please email:  info@sallybutcher.com