The Inner Self

Drawings from the Subconscious

All images courtesy of Andy Hood.

As many of you may know (either through being there, or through our Social Media channels), we celebrated the opening of our latest London exhibition on Wednesday 3 September at CGP London. The night was a huge success, with a great number of people enjoying talking to the artists and soaking up the work – we even sold four pieces! The artists with work in the show are Jan Arden, Nigel Kingsbury, Imma Maddox, Pat Mear, Hannah Swain, Billy Weston and Terence Wilde, with a display of works by renowned ‘outsider artist’ Nick Blinko. On the night, one of these seven artists was selected by Curator Vivienne Roberts to have a solo show at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery in Duke Street from 17 – 22 November. We are delighted to announce that Nigel Kingsbury was selected for this opportunity – he was very pleased to hear this! To honour Nigel’s selection, we have made him our September Artist of the Month, with a short profile on our website. Click here to read this. 

Image courtesy of Andy Hood

Image courtesy of Andy Hood


Vivienne Roberts was one of the selectors for the exhibition – along with Director of CGP London Ron Henocq, artist Nick Blinko and Outside In Manager Jennifer Gilbert. Here’s what Vivienne said about the process of selecting one of the artists for the solo show:

“Meeting the selected artists in the comfort of their own homes and studios where we could see their work in a relaxed atmosphere was an absolute delight. It was also a privilege to be a part of such a varied and thought provoking exhibition which highlights the difficulties surrounding the definitions of not only outsider art but drawing as well. I chose Nigel Kingsbury for a solo show as I want to share with others the mesmerising experience when looking at Nigel’s incredible drawings. He is an outstanding artist.”
Image courtesy of Andy Hood

Image courtesy of Andy Hood

We asked a couple of the exhibiting artists to let us know their thoughts about the opening night. Here’s what Terence Wilde said:

“Having my work selected for this show was a wonderful surprise. It has been a supportive and seamless experience, having the pieces selected and working with Outside In on all the elements that make up a show has been made easy. I’m sure all the artists involved feel that they have been treated sensitively and understood well, which is often not the case. The private view felt very special and magical,with a commaradery amongst the artists rather than competitiveness, which in my experience is a rare and beautiful thing. I will be holding on to this moment. I was so pleased to be part of something so well considered and displayed in such a highly professional way, in such a amazing gallery. This is a benchmark for me as an artist and has done wonders for my self esteem.”

Jan Arden added:

“Well where do I start? The experience of being invited and involved in the whole dynamic adventure is very hard to put into words but I will try. I was as the exhibition came into reality a bit apprehensive and uncertain about whether I had made the right choice, but as my fears gave way to joy and excitement I opened up my heart to the whole affair and was pleasantly overwhelmed with the love and gratitude that everybody shared on the opening night. A truly memorable time which I shall cherish for years to come. Thank you all at Outside In for all your love, time and understanding.”


On Saturday 6 September, we held a panel discussion focusing on drawing and the subconscious in the exhibition space. The panel included writer, lecturer and retired art therapist David Maclagan; artist, writer and curator Deanna Petherbridge; artist and Outside In Ambassador Carlo Keshishian; and artist Cathy Ward. The talk, entitled ‘Spontaneity, Introspection and the Medium of Drawing’ followed the stories of each of the panellists before we asked the floor for some questions. Interesting ideas about the definition of drawing, and the idea of it being the medium most appropriate for channelling the subconscious were raised.

Image courtesy of Andy Hood

Image courtesy of Andy Hood

Following the discussion, audience members had the chance to experience a tour of the show led by four of the participating artists, with the opportunity to ask questions.

The exhibition continues until 21 September at CGP London. Click here for more information.

You can watch a video focusing on the artists in the show in their own homes by clicking here.

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