Workman Arts Collage Party

Saturday October 29 : 12:00pm-8:00pm
Workman Arts – 651 Dufferin Street

Workman Arts is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction.

The Collage Party is a nomadic studio made open to the public where participants come together to make art in a social setting. Since 1997, The Collage Party has been staged throughout North America and Europe in museums, private residences, public schools, universities, hospitals, department stores, and community centres.

Winnipeg artist Paul Butler’s multidisciplinary practice hinges on the logic of collage, from the traditional approach of combining collected-paper source materials to staging events focused on combining participants and establishing collaboration and community, always with a canny intuition for proximity and balance. Butler has exhibited at venues including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, White Columns in New York, Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland and La Maison Rouge in Paris.

The Long Weekend – Art Toronto

Coming Attractions
Presented by: Art Toronto and Lisa Kehler Art + Projects
Location: South Café (P01)

Using the concept and infrastructure of Paul Butler’s beloved Collage Party, The Long Weekend is a collective of Winnipeg artists, filmmakers and designers who, over the course of a month, produced a series of fantastical collage-based movie posters in an effort to produce a Utopian alternate history of 20th century cinema.

This re-imagined hundred years of movie-making responds not to the commercial concerns typically associated with moviemaking, but to a purity of intention untroubled by material ambition and the established patriarchy. The Long Weekend collective knows that this virtually inconceivable scenario could only have arisen from extraordinary circumstances, possibly a brain parasite afflicting a generation of studio executives, leading to production choices wildly at odds with reality.

The Long Weekend project, to which collage is central, is itself a collage made from Butler’s Collage Party; Guy Maddin’s lost-film resuscitation projects Hauntings and Seances; Galen Johnson’s wizardly digital image remediations; and the talent for montage shared by the entire group. The movie posters produced by this collective are flashbulb glimpses into a cinematic history that might never have been (and indeed, never might have been), but would have made the world a jollier place if it had.


pizza tree

Division Gallery is pleased to present our first exhibition in Los Angeles, under the auspices of Four Six One Nine (LA).  Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth features new work by Canadian artists Brad Phillips, Chloe Wise, Michel de Broin, An Te Liu, Sarah Anne Johnson, Paul Butler, Jillian Kay Ross and Simon Hughes as well as works by LA-based Bjorn Copeland (China Art Objects), New York-based Rose Marcus and LA-based Sojourner Truth Parsons (both represented by Night Gallery). 

The works in this exhibition retool the everyday, imbuing it with imagined purpose through new aesthetic or conceptual models. While some artists focus on a renewal of detritus, others rehash forgotten histories, and some point to peripheral sites in order to cast attention on what is often missed.  In line with a Duchampian tradition, ordering and disordering principles used by these artists compel us to find value in the discredited, underrated, and trivialized.

July 6  – August 6, 2016

Opening Wednesday, July 6, 6-9pm 

with a live musical performance by Tasseomancy in the garden at 8pm 

4619 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Opening Hours 11am – 7pm Tues – Sat and by appointment

Contact: Sarah Belden 647-539-8104,

The Collage Party / Semiotics Aside

In this two-part exhibition, The Collage Party / Semiotics Aside, Paul Butler takes visitors inside his unique studio to share the process behind this new body of collage-based photography. The Collage Party is a touring studio open to the public, where people come together and make art in a social setting. Over the past two decades, Butler has staged The Collage Party throughout North America and Europe, in museums, private residences, public schools, universities, hospitals, department stores, and community centres. Butler considers The Collage Party as his studio, where he is able to draw from participants’ ideas, energies, and more specifically, the scraps they produce.

For Semiotics Aside, Butler has created a body of collage-based Diasec monoprints using the detritus generated from collage-making sessions with guests held in his nomadic studio. Trusting and relying on his instincts, Butler tapped into a meditative state of mind where he focused on creating collages that simply worked visually—semiotics aside.

The Long Weekend – Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions
The Long Weekend: Paul Butler, Galen Johnson, Julia Anne Leach, Guy Maddin, Caelum Vatnsdal, with special guests Jonah Corne, Simon Hughes, Alicia Smith

The Long Weekend is a collective of Winnipeg artists, filmmakers,and designers who, working under the aegis of Paul Butler’s enduring Collage Party practice, have produced movie posters that imagine an alternate history of cinema. The Collage Party, started by Butler in 1998, is an experimental studio where artists are invited to work alongside each other in a social setting, often for days on end. The posters that comprise Coming Attractions depict a fanciful Hollywood realm, one presided over by movie moguls who never quite finalized their plans for global domination, never quite mastered their formulas for churning out blockbusters, never once dreamed of rewiring and homogenizing the public’s perception of itself.

Covering the street-level windows of TIFF Bell Lightbox—the epicentre of the Toronto International Film Festival—Coming Attractions creates the appearance of a welter of one-sheets plastered in the style of advertisements found on construction site hoarding. The montage of posters creates a direct confrontation between The Long Weekend’s specifically contrived film world and the corporate hegemonies of the real film world. These movie-industry détournements, fashioned from advertisements and illustrations cut and recontexualized from old books and magazines, were created in the convivial freedom of near-utopian Collage Party environments. But The Long Weekend has no utopian vision, no illusions about their political impact, no nostalgia for avant-garde movements of the past. The simple act of artmaking in the present is its way of engaging with questions that preoccupy its members, both individually and collectively.

Presented in partnership with TIFF 

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein

Collage Party at Winnipeg New Music Festival


Paul Butler
Centennial Concert Hall Lobby

The Collage Party Pavilion is an interactive, sculpture designed to accommodate The Collage Party – a nomadic, collective studio where Winnipeg artist Paul Butler invites the public to collage along side each other in a social setting. Since 1997, The Collage Party has travelled all over Canada, the United States and Europe and has been staged in a range of venues including museums, universities, elementary schools, galleries, department stores and centres for artists with mental and physical disabilities. Conceived by Butler and designed by Craig Alun Smith, the Collage Party Pavilion is equipped with everything required for the production and exhibition of collage. For the New Music Festival, Butler will provide vintage record sleeves along with a spectrum of magazines for participants to create fantasy album covers from. Considered multi-disciplinary, Paul Butler’s practice is focused around community, collaboration and artist-run activity. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; White Columns, New York City; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland; and La Maison Rouge, Paris.


(Re)Imagining Regionalism

REimagining Regionalism

Contribution to (Re)Imagining Regionalism

(Re)imaging Regionalism seeks to examine the Regionalist movement in London during the 1960s – which was predominantly characterized by Greg Curnoe and Jack Chambers – in a new light. As a major event in London’s cultural history, Regionalism is often celebrated as a galvanizing force for the city’s creative sector. It focused attention on what it means to make art in a specific time and place.

A full list of contributors to (Re)imagining Regionalism is as follows: D. M. R. Bentley, Paul Butler, Joel Faflak, Robert Fones, Sky Glabush, Sky Goodden, Jason Hallows, Patrick Howlett, Madeline Lennon, Lucy Lippard, Patrick Mahon, Jason McLean, Robert McKaskell, Kim Neudorf, Judith Rodger and Ross Woodman.

Artist Paul Butler Steps Down as WAG Curator


POSTED: JULY 22, 2014

Paul Butler, curator of contemporary art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, has decided to step down from his post after 16 months on the job.

“I realized that I’m an artist who sometimes curates, and not an institutional curator,” Butler tells Canadian Art. He took up the position in April 2013 and his last day there will be August 22, 2014.

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Collage Party 2: Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA

The Collage Party 2
with Artist and Curator Paul Butler

September 5 – October 4, 2014

Close out your summer with Creative Growth and join us for a reprisal of 2007’s The Collage PartyThe Collage Party 2! In the spirit of creative exchange and community, the very event that brought together practicing artists, non-professionals, and everyone in between makes an encore performance as the finale to our 40th anniversary exhibition series.

Orchestrating this creative ‘sanctuary’ for the second time at Creative Growth, Winnipeg artist and curator Paul Butler returns for a weeklong event featuring a constantly rotating group of artists. Come partake in this collective ‘cut-and-paste’ that not only brings elements together in a physical sense, but also blends people—untrained, self-taught, and contemporary artists alike—in one big social mesh of creativity.

For more information, visit here.

Publication: Fantasy Art Now


Fantasy Art Now

Swimmers Group Toronto Canada
74 pp.
21.59 x 13.97 x .635 cm.
.08 Kg

Utopia is unsettling. Equality will never exist but, as great humans, we can try sometimes, or think about occasionally it after work. Are ideas a commodity? We think so. What if ideas were free? Letting go of authorship is renewing a sense of freedom, encouraged by spiritual practitioners. It feels good.

This anthology gives away ideas that aren’t being used by people who think of ideas all the time. Everything within this book is public domain. You are encouraged, if you have the desire and resources, to pursue any of the ideas presented here.

Edited by Sebastian Frye and Jay Issac.


Abby McGuane
Olivia Dunbar
Julian Hou & Tiziana La Melia
Brad Phillips
Brad Tinmouth
Patrick Howlett
Robin Fry
CN Tower Liquidation
Deirde McAdams
Jessica Groome
Eli Langer
Geoffrey Farmer
Lex Vaughn
Jason McLean
Lili Huston-Herterich
Life of a Craphead
Corwyn Lund
Mark Soo
Sandra Meigs
Sojourner Truth-Parsons
Paul Butler
Jessica Williams
Robert Dayton
Zeesy Powers
Parker Branch
Zoe Barcza