European Outsider Art Association Conference 2018

'The Artist's Voice'

4th – 6th May

Bobby Baker’s Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me. 1997 – 2008. Day 579 Cathedral of the Mind. Image (c) Andrew Whittuck, 2009

About the Conference

Read our blog post about the conference.

From 4th – 6th May 2018, Outside In is hosting the European Outsider Art Association (EOA) Conference at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (UK). The conference is aimed at artists, curators and collectors as well as representatives from museums, galleries, collections, art projects and studio groups. This year’s conference focuses on ‘the Artist’s Voice,’ celebrating the work of excluded and non-traditional artists and sharing best practice in the field through a series of presentations, key note speeches, and workshops delivered by artists and practitioners. 

The keynote speech to open the conference on the Friday evening will be given by multi-disciplinary artist Bobby Baker, who created the touring exhibition Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me 1997 – 2008, and was commissioned as part of the London 2012 Unlimited project for the Cultural Olympiad. 

Presenters at the conference include the Living Museum (the Netherlands), Out By Art (Sweden), Venture Arts (UK), Joy of Sound (UK) and Look Kloser (UK). Panellists will include Garvald Artists (Scotland), Headway East London (UK), Arts Project Australia (Australia), Blue Circus (Finland), Creahm/MadMusee (Belgium), and Creative Minds (UK). 




In addition to all of this, there are dedicated slots for artist presentations that will be happening throughout the conference. (See more information about this below.)

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the work of Outside In through presentations from director Marc Steene, and by taking part in creative workshops and tours led by Outside In artists. The conference will run alongside a new exhibition of work by renowned outsider artist Scottie Wilson at Pallant House Gallery, which in turn will be accompanied by a special commissioned work by an Outside In artist in response to Wilson’s practice. 

In the run up to the conference (2nd-3rd May), you can join a VIP programme of activities that will include trips to Bethlem Museum of the Mind, ActionSpace, an outsider environment in Brighton, and a tour of a renowned collection of modern British and outsider art. 

Download the EOA Conference Schedule


Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are £150 for the weekend, with the option to add on £75 for the VIP programme and/or £25 for a dinner at Pallant House Gallery on Friday 4 May. It is also possible to just purchase a ticket to the opening Friday night with keynote speaker Bobby Baker for £15.

Buy tickets here.

We are offering travel bursaries of £50 for up to ten Outside In artists. Artists who receive a complimentary ticket will not be eligible for a travel bursary. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, please email with the location you would be travelling to Chichester from, and your reasons for wanting to attend the conference.