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Part of Brighton HOUSE Festival, May 2015

Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins at Phoenix Brighton

Featuring works by Aradne, Blair McCormick, John Ackhurst, Jonathan Kenneth William Pettitt, Luc Raesmith, Martin Phillimore, Michelle Roberts, Paul Bellingham and Sally Ward and curated by Katy Norris, Curator at Pallant House Gallery.

From 3 – 31 May 2015, Outside In held an exhibition in partnership with HOUSE 2015 and Phoenix Brighton. Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins showcased work by nine Outside In artists based in East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove.

Over the past few years, Outside In and HOUSE have been building stronger links, developing the presence of Outside In and the artists they represent year by year. This year was the first as a partner project with HOUSE and Phoenix Brighton, bringing a new audience to the festival.

In January and February we called for Outside In artists based in East Sussex, including Brighton and Hove, to submit work for possible inclusion in our May show as part of the Festival.

After the submission deadline, five Brighton-based selectors chose the final works to be included in the exhibition, bearing in mind the overall theme of HOUSE 2015; edge and shift. The selectors included Karin Mori, Artistic Programme Manager at Phoenix Brighton; a Director from HOUSE Festival; David Jones, a Brighton-based Outside In Award Winning artist; Simon Powell, Director of Creative Future, a Brighton-based organisation nurturing marginalised artists and writers in their creative development; and Jim Sanders, a Brighton-based contemporary artist.

In the run up to the submissions deadline, Outside In held four Surgery Days across East Sussex including at Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, Hastings Museum, Grace Eyre Day Centre and Brighton and Hove Foyer. These one-to-one sessions helped artists who needed extra support to submit their work to the HOUSE Festival and create an online gallery on the Outside In website.

About HOUSE:

Conceived in 2008 by Directors Judy Stevens and Chris Lord, HOUSE is a curated, contemporary and dynamic visual arts strand running at the same time as Brighton Festival, and in part a response to the limited space in the city for presenting contemporary art. It commissions an internationally regarded Invited Artist and selects from Open Submission, the work of critically engaged artists based in South East England. Inherent to HOUSE is an interest in the threshold between private and public space, where there is potential to experience new ideas and different ways of thinking.

About Phoenix Brighton

Based in the heart of the city, Phoenix Brighton hosts a diverse and stimulating programme of contemporary art exhibitions, courses and events, and provides studios for over a hundred artists.

Accompanying events

Museums at Night
Intuitive Visions: Artists Round the Table

Thursday 14 May, 7 – 9 pm at Phoenix Brighton

As part of the UK-wide Museums at Night programme of late openings in May, Outside In held an informal evening of round-the-table artist talks delivered by a selection of artists represented in the exhibition, as well as live poetry accompanied by drinks and a buffet. Outside In, Phoenix Brighton and HOUSE 2015 invited people to book in, to come along to find out more about the project and the artists involved in the show. This was a free event.

Abstract Colour Workshop
Edge and Shift through Colour

Saturday 16 May, 2 – 4pm

Explore the ‘Intuitive Visions’ exhibition and overall HOUSE theme of ‘Edge, Shift and Marginality’ in a special hands-on workshop with John Jennings and Nigel Cranmer. Using drawing, painting, pastel and collage, we will generate our own personal responses to questions such as:  ‘What is Abstraction? What is its language? How is it expressed?’ Introducing two approaches called ‘Lyrical Abstraction’ and ‘Cold Abstraction’, the workshop will enable participants to better understand the ways in which many ‘Outsider’ artists employ abstraction as part of their practice. This workshop is suitable for adults (anyone age 16+) with any level of art experience.

Intuitive Visions: Shifting the Margins exhibition photos

Image: Martin Phillimore, Untitled Eight

In this exhibition:

I use machine embroidery techniques to create figures, birds, insects, flowers and text which come together in reticulate structures. I consider the way I work as 'Drawings in stitch'' and I assemble the figures in …

Blair McCormick

My influences are everything I see and feel and experience, other art forms --graffiti art , music, dance ,sculpture ect . I don't make it easy to see what my art is about, its hidden. …

John Ackhurst

I like drawing. I would like to do it more. It makes me happy. I look forward to my drawing session.

Luc(e) Raesmith

I am a dedicated street-comber, bin-reclaimer and charity shopper of urban flotsam: for creative recycling artworks in 2D and 3D forms that I define as 'eco-kitsch'.  (I also use the definitions #post_simplist, as belonging to …

Martin Phillimore

My art was an outlet to start with and a way to express how I was feeling at the time. I include themes of nature with an organic feel in my work. My art gave …

Michelle Roberts

Michelle has drawn and painted throughout her life. As a young girl, she accompanied her grandfather, a watercolour painter who often worked outdoors. She has maintained this drive to make art, spending much of her …


I use many layers of oil paint, applied with knives, and sometimes scraped through with a fork - A bit of a 'meal' of a painting. I love working in this way when the paint …

Sally Ward

I work intuitively, my work flows one into other. I like artists like Frank Stellar, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore. I like big things made up of little things. I don't like work to be …