Professor John Butler
Professor John Butler is Head of Birmingham School of Art within Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, a faculty of Birmingham City University. The School is one of the largest in Europe offering courses from Foundation to PhD as well as research Fellowships and in the last RAE it was acknowledged as being in the top five visual arts research institutions in the country.
As Head of School a major driver has been to expand the role and position of the School within the societies and communities it operates within locally, nationally and internationally. Internationally he has been a Board and Executive member of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) from 1994, becoming their President between 2000 and 2004; representing European arts education worldwide. He has since advised European Ministers of the Education on the implementation of the Bologna Agreement for higher arts education, co-writing 3 position papers for the Arts in Europe. He was recognised for his contribution to European Higher Arts Education with a Doctorate by the University of Art & Design Cluj-Napoca, Rumania in 2004 and an Honorary Doctorate by the Plymouth University in 2007.
As an artist he has curated numerous exhibitions in Belgium, Norway, Germany and USA. On a more local he has been responsible for initiating and establishing two nationally renowned independent artist-led galleries; in 1978 Spacex (gallery and studios) in Exeter and more recently Eastside Projects in 2007 in Birmingham.
Abstract: Draft extract JB Rotterdam paper March11