Outside In: East Past

20 March – 4 April 2013

Outside In: East was held at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, which is located inside the Anglia Ruskin University from 20 March – 4 April 2013.

It showcased art work selected from artists living in the East of England who chose to align themselves with Outside In.

From intuitive artists to self-taught visionaries, Outside In: East provided a unique insight into the extraordinary breadth of work produced by individuals from outside the mainstream art world. The many different processes and stories on show challenged the accepted norm around what art is, enabling audiences to discover powerful new dimensions to the art world.
 

The works in the exhibition were selected by a panel including: Marc Steene, Deputy Director of Pallant House Gallery; Sarah Campbell, Education Officer at Kettle’s Yard; and Kwei Eden, Artist and 2009 Outside In Award Winner. The exhibition was curated with the help of Elizabeth Fisher, Curator of Exhibitions at Kettle’s Yard.

The selected artists were: Mari Kidd, Bettysblues, Michael Lester, Hazel, Neil Milton, Elfmonkey, Barbara Symmons, Vince Laws, Antony Cullop, Uani73, Harli Tree, Roger Hardy, David Alexander Richardson, Charlotte Mckeggie, Birdie, Chuck Orbit, Alison Baker, Jeremy Cornish, James Cook, Christopher, Val, Chris Angell, John Perry, Tracey Yates, Mary Allen, Mystery and Brett Hidden. 

Kettle’s Yard organised two tours of their house and gave talks about key artists in their collections in relation to ‘Outsider Art’ including Alfred Wallis. These happened on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March 2013.

On Wednesday 20 March Outside In and two partner organisations, Arts and Minds and Barrington Farm, all came together to give a talk in the University on the work they do as organisations and how they work together.

Outside In: East Partners: Kettles Yard, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Art and Minds, Barrington Farm and The Ruskin Gallery.


In this exhibition:
Mari Kidd

My work concentrates on the relationships between objects and the space they occupy. The rudimentary interiors are populated by only a few everyday objects. The recurring motif of the latest series of prints …

BettysBlues

At first glance the paintings look like abstract patterns, but they all feature hidden figures. By superimposing line drawings of natural features over line drawings of figures (usually my life drawings) I create a set …

Michael Lester

My work has gone through many changes over the years; from collage to portraits to narrative paintings. Recently, I have been exploring abstract works and scultpuire, mainly using everyday materials such as bread and newspaper. …

Neil Milton

I'm an English Lecturer at an FE college, but I've always had a flare for the visual arts. I'm interested in alterity and the absurd. My drawings have always been quite mimetic, but I'm moving …

Barbara Symmons

I like making pretty things. I like animals and places I remember from childhood. I like making work with cotton but also enjoy drawing and painting. I hope that I can make everybody happy with …

John Pipere

I am a self taught painter who continues to paint so that I can one day exhibit my work. I enjoy overcoming the challenges and obstacles i have to deal with in my life with …

David Alexander Richardson

My name is David Richardson (born 1970), and I live and paint in Cambridge UK. I originally arrived at Cambridge in 2000 to conduct some Ph.D research at the Plant Science Department, Cambridge University in …

Charlotte McKeggie

I studied A-level ceramics and went on to do foundation at Cambridge Arts and Sciences. I got a place at Falmouth College of Arts but due to my anxiety problems never made it to degree …

Birdie

I paint and draw. I also suffer fom an abundance of acronyms: CFS, PTSD, EIPD... painting keeps me on a relatively even keel. Artist Statement Colour is my inspiration: from the intensity of a rich violet to …

Chuck Orbit

I was born in Romania, raised in Pakistan and then came to the UK when I was 10. I dabbled in the TV world and started drawing when I was 15. I developed the 'ant' …

jeremy ‘cornish’

James Cook

I like to use pens and felt tips in my artwork. My ideas come from my head and I like drawing electrical items.

Chris Angell

I'm a troubled artist from childhood and I picked up my skills naturally along the way in life. I like using pastels, oil paints, ink and acrylic. I like drawing people, animals and landscapes. I …

John Perry

That's the best. It's alright isn't it? It's mine, not bad eh? It's heavy, it's wood isn't it? That's mine that is.

Tracy Yates

I really like sewing it, doing it different colours. With beads I use the little ones, the bigger ones as well, sometimes I sew sequins, I choose them by the colours. I like doing my …

Brett Hidden

When I came to live in England 3 years ago I fell in love with the shapes I saw in the buildings - particularly churches - and enjoy interpreting those shapes in drawings. Taking photographs of …