Providing a platform for those facing barriers to the art world

About Outside In

Founded by Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, in 2006 (and still based at the Gallery), Outside In provides a platform for artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. The goal of the project is to create a fairer art world which rejects traditional values and institutional judgements about whose work can and should be displayed.

Outside In’s main vehicle is a triennial open art exhibition, first held in 2007. In 2013, we won the prestigious Charity Award in the Arts, Culture, and Heritage category.

Outside In Booklet

Since its inception, Outside In has engaged more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, over a quarter million audience members and over 80 partner organisations nationally. We have held over 40 exhibitions and currently support 2,400 artists.

Additionally, Outside In is now able to offer an increasingly international platform for the artists it supports, having taken part in the Paris Outsider Art Fair for the last three years, and being on the board of the European Outsider Art Association.

The project also runs Outside In: Step Up; a professional development programme providing training for artists who align themselves with the project. Artists on the programme have the opportunity to be trained to lead workshops and to carry out research (which currently happens with the collections at Pallant House Gallery).

Additionally, Outside In provides training for organisations on best practice when working with individuals and groups facing barriers to the mainstream art world. This includes equipping participants with skills relating to disability and equality awareness. If you are interested in finding out more about this kind of training, please contact us

What do you get when you sign up to Outside In?

- The chance to showcase your work alongside almost 2,000 other artists

- The opportunity to submit your work for possible inclusion in our many regional and national exhibitions

- A comments section on your page so that you can receive feedback on your work from website visitors

- A unique web address to give to friends and family so they can see your work online

- Support and advice from the Outside In team regarding your art work and artistic practice

Click here to sign up and for help on how to sign up

If you would like to keep up to date with what Outside In is doing, you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletter here.

2009 Award Winner Carlo Keshishian believes that "Outside In can function as a mouthpiece to project the voices of quieter people."

*Although Outside In does not explicitly focus on outsider art or work with outsider artists, the process and dedication of many of the artists represented on the project’s website has an affinity with that of ‘traditional’ outsider artists (as defined by Roger Cardinal in1972 and Jean Dubuffet in the 1940s). Click here for more information on outsider art.

Images from top: Claudia Benassai, David Bradley, Albert