An artist, cultural strategist and creator of festivals and events. In the 80¹s he founded the Brighton Zap Club, curated programmes at the ICA and directed shows for the South Bank in London. He worked as an artist and performer in several performance and music groups and toured with them around the Europe. In 1988 he was invited to Glasgow to create festivals and events as part of a programme to prepare the city for being European City of Culture in 1990. In 1994 he founded UZ Events with directors from Unique Events and Zap Productions and became a specialist in closing down cities to create venues. In 1999 he created signature events for Glasgow when it was UK City of Architecture and Design. Butler was Event director of the STUC Centennial celebrations and Glasgow¹s Millennium Hogmanay. Neil has always explored the line between art and entertainment and the tension between the instrumental use of art and ‘art for art’s’ sake.