About the Award
The late Grace Adams set up the Grace Butler Memorial Foundation in recognition of her mother and to give financial assistance to artists or students of art.
Grace Adams wished to perpetuate the memory of Grace Butler by providing this award for artists who have an association with Canterbury and whose practice gives consideration to place and environment through the establishment of a
The award is for a period of three months to commence at a date to be agreed upon with the recipient on the year it is conferred. The Award is granted on a bi-annual basis. The amount of the Award is determined by the Trustees of the Grace Butler Memorial Foundation and is intended to be sufficient to enable the recipient to pursue his or her artistic
The purposes of the Foundation is to encourage artists or students of art with a proven ability in methods of painting, drawing, design, 3-D work, photography, film and/or other means of visual communication and who have concerns for place and environment; natural and built. The intention is to assist such artists to enable them to concentrate on their work free from the need to seek outside employment.
About Grace Butler
Grace Butler (1886 – 1962) was known for her work as a
For more than forty years, Grace Butler pursued a commitment to impressionism, or ‘
Butler was born in Invercargill in 1886 and following the death of her father in 1889, her family moved to the North Island, where she attended the Napier Technical School (1903 – 1907). In 1911 she married law clerk, Guy Butler, and they moved to Christchurch where she attended the School of Art, initially tutored by expatriate impressionist painter, Sydney Thompson and later, Cecil Kelly and Leonard Booth.
In 1916, she began regularly visiting the Otira region between Canterbury and the West Coast, responding to the mountain ranges and its flora and fauna. In 1923 the Butlers purchased Jack’s Hut, a former road worker’s cabin, four kilometres North of Arthur's Pass, making annual and extended visits to the area, as Grace Butler strengthened her commitment to painting out of doors. Her interest in the Arthur's Pass landscape encompassed her attention to the detail of its flora and fauna, and its changing light and atmosphere, as a means to pursue ‘an inner vision.’
Butler’s dedication to the spectacular nature of the Canterbury landscape and the scale of her paintings in the 1920s and