Outside In: Step Up

Outside In: Step Up is the training and professional development programme of Outside In, designed to support those facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. It offers two courses - Leading Workshops and Exploring Collections.  


Since its inception in 2007, over 70 artists have been trained through the two Step Up courses. For many of these artists Step Up has provided further opportunities beyond the programme, including volunteering opportunities with Step Up or Outside In; the chance to participate in Pallant House Gallery's Learning and Community Programme; running workshops either through Outside In or at other venues; and embarking upon further education courses.

Our evaluation data has shown that once artists have taken part in the Step Up programme, they feel less isolated and notice an improvement in their mental health and wellbeing. 

The two courses are:

Leading Workshops which provides participants with the skills needed to run workshops, both organised by the Gallery and workshops that they seek to organise. 

Exploring Collections gives participants the skills to research and interpret works of art.