Insight – A Collaborative Project Past

Photograph of artists at the exhibition
Gemma and Paul at the Private View of the Insight exhibition in March 2015. Image courtesy of Andy Hood

A collaboration between Outside In and the University of Chichester

‘Insight’; an exhibition taking place at ArtOne at the University of Chichester from 23 – 26 March will celebrate a unique partnership between MA Fine Art student Gemma Green and Outside In artist Paul Bellingham.

In 2014, MA Fine Art graduate Tanya Wood (University of Chichester) was given a Graduate On placement with a remit to build on existing links between the University and Pallant House Gallery with a project entitled Insight. Tanya has worked on the design and development of the concept, which involved building and supporting the first artist partnership between Gemma and Paul.

Together, the artist partnership have refined a series of works through a meticulous process of discussion and visual response, creating collaborative works as equal partners, whilst exploring drawings, printmaking and painting and making gallery visits together. 

The outcomes highlight the collaborative nature of the project, giving each of the artists an insight into their partner’s working methods, aims and creative ambitions; showing how potential can be nurtured by sharing ideas and skills.

The exhibition at ArtOne will showcase the documentation of their experience, including sound recordings of their conversations and videos of the work in progress alongside collaborative canvases and a concertina book. Additionally there will be works by Paul and Gemma created individually before the project and then examples of their individual work after the project to highlight the impact of the partnership on their respective creative practices.

Gemma and Paul say of their partnership: “A collaboration such as this presented space to discover, learn and develop as artists and within our individual professional practices. In addition, the variation in our backgrounds and education has been incredibly informative; the conversations that supplemented the working process have reaffirmed to us that every artist has a voice, regardless of their situation or credentials. In this way, it also challenged both of our naiveties and preconceptions about other practitioners from formal and informal education.” 

Tanya Wood, Insight Liaison and Development Assistant says of the project: “Gemma and Paul worked collaboratively for three months with the common passion for art, building on similarities to achieve more than they could individually, their shared experience proving beneficial to both. It has been a privilege to witness the growth in both of them, achieved through their commitment, goodwill, honesty, great communication, respect and trust.”

Jennifer Gilbert, Outside In Manager, says: “The project has enabled an interesting and broader experience for the artists involved; bringing together art worlds whilst strengthening the bonds between establishments, their communities, and the wider community.” 

‘Insight’ will be at ArtOne at the University of Chichester from 23 – 26 March 2015, open Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm. Alongside the exhibition, there will be scheduled workshops, seminars and discussions.

An account of the creative endeavours of the partnership on Gemma and Paul’s blog

Insight exhibition photos