Outside In began in 2006 as a project founded and delivered by Marc Steene as part of the Learning and Community programme at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

Outside In’s first open art exhibition was held in 2007 and featured 100 artists from across Sussex. By 2012, the project had gone national, growing significantly to engage more than 1,500 artists and 13,000 audience members.

In 2014 the project expanded its reach into the international art world; Outside In joined the European Outsider Art Association and presented work for the first time at the Paris outsider Art Fair.

In 2016, following celebrations to mark the project’s highly successful first decade, it was agreed by Pallant House Gallery's Board of Trustees that Outside In should become an independent charity. In 2017 Outside In joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.


Outside In founded by Marc Steene with seed funding from Jackie and Steve Street.

The first call-out and exhibition in the Studio at Pallant House gallery, featuring 100 artists from across Sussex.

Funding received from Paul Hamlyn Foundation who supported the project for six years.

The second call-out and exhibition is held in the main gallery spaces at Pallant House Gallery featuring 170 artists from across the South of England, selected from 800 submissions.

The third call-out and the first national exhibition is held at Pallant House Gallery, the Outside In: National. 80 works were exhibited from 2,300 submissions nationally and internationally.

Outside In wins the Charity Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Outside In attends the Paris Outsider Art Fair and joins the Board of the European Outsider Art Association.

First funding received from the Esmee Fairburn Foundation.

Outside In attends the Paris Outsider Art fair for the second time and receives funding from The Roddick Foundation and The George Dannatt Trust.

The fourth call-out and national exhibition is held in collaboration with Craftspace, Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making. Included in the exhibition were 21 Outside In artists selected from over 600 submissions. This exhibition is currently touring the UK until late 2017.

Outside in is established as an independent charity.

Outside In became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.