Monday (July 23) saw Outside In host its first Artist Support Day at Fabrica, Brighton.
Artist Development Coordinator Hannah Whitlock, who led the event, said: “Since Outside In’s move to Brighton and our partnership with Fabrica, it means that we will be running our Artist Development Programme, which includes the Artist Support Days, Share Art and various training here.
“This means we able to support artists with creating online galleries, updating their existing page and one-to-one advice.”
Artists Support Days are a unique experience that Outside In can provide for artists who feel they face barriers to the art world due to health disability, social circumstance or isolation.
Artists can book an hour-long session to meet with one of the team and get support to create or update their own online gallery.
Hannah said: “Some artists may not have access to a camera or a computer so we provide the necessary equipment. We help artists to photograph their work and write an artist statement. This one-to-one artist support is such a vital part of the charity. “Sometimes it is the first time an artist has shown their work to someone, we create a safe space to speak about something so personal.”
The latest offering saw the team support Ailish Doyle to create an online gallery, as part of this Ailish wrote her artist statement which explains how her art is important to her: “Art opens the world in different ways. Art expresses my feelings and emotions how I see the world and how I feel.
“The beautiful grass, air and sea inspired men and being able to capture what inspires me through my eyes. I find my own drawing is the way your brain sees it rather than a cameras. it shows your thoughts, images and dreams. I am a person who is very positive, no matter what, you will always find ways to de-stress yourself through art.”
To find out more about Ailish’s work, click HERE
Artist Stephen Humphrey also attended the event to add his latest piece of work, ‘A Mirror Image of Mary Rose’ and more of his drawings inspired by song titles – such as Words don’t come easy (main image) – to his gallery.
To see more of Stephen’s work, click HERE
Hannah Roger’s and Sally van der Westhuizen were also supported to update their existing gallery pages, this involved recording artist statements and taking new pictures of their work, some of which can be seen here:
Monday’s event also saw Katya Solyanko and Richard Fletcher create online galleries. Katya’s work has a strong message as her pictures illustrates the world she sees.
While Richard, who has drawn for most of his life using biros on paper, creates very intricate work. Some of which were recently sold through exhibitions at St Luke’s Church in Brighton and Café Art in London.
Both online galleries will be live shortly on the Outside In website, click HERE for more.
Artists can also create online galleries from home by clicking the ‘sign up’ tab on the Outside In website. If any artist needs support in doing this, please contact Hannah Whitlock, Artist Development Coordinator on Hannah.Whitlock@outsidein.org.uk or call 01273 381311.