Outside In: London Past

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15 August – 9 September 2012

Outside In: London was held at CGP London, Southwark Park from 15 August – 9 September 2012. Artists meeting the Outside In criteria living within Greater London submitted work to the Outside In website until 31st May 2012 to be considered for inclusion in this exhibition. There were over 790 submissions from 190 artists and a panel of four selectors shortlisted this number to eight artists. The four selectors were: Director of CGP London Ron Henocq, Art Dealer Henry Boxer, Artist Frances Coleman and Outside In Coordinator Jennifer Gilbert.

Below are the eight selected artists who were able to show several pieces of their work:

Alan Ramdhan is a student of the City Lit College in Covent Garden where he studies drawing, etching and painting. Alan’s work often depicts places that he has been to, and they contain a huge amount of detail in a very small space, often in graphite pencil.

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21cm x 30cm

Alan Streets was a Plein Air artist in New York City for 10 years. While in America a documentary was made about Alan titled, ‘My name’s Alan and I paint pictures.’ After struggling to make it into the art world, Alan is now based in the UK, where he paints landscapes and imaginary scenes.

Albert began to draw during his years spent in hospital, working mainly in simple accessible mediums such as pen and pencil. He has said that these drawings act as a kind of meditation and a means of escaping boredom. Albert feels ‘connected’ and ‘whole’ when he works on the drawings, repeating hundreds of pencil strokes with a focused obsessive precision.

David Byrne creates multi-layered artworks by writing and rewriting his thoughts, often combining collage with pen and paint. He uses text from song lyrics, T.V programme titles, names of sitcom characters and pop stars within his works. Recently David has developed an approach of combining projections with his own art work.

Kate Bradbury has received little acclaim from the mainstream art world, although generally she has become a little well known as an artist maker. Some years ago, Kate began intuitively making pictures and assemblages from the abandoned belongings of previous unknown tenants and continues to this day.

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Kim Noble feels, as an untrained artist, that her work comes from her heart not her head, and that she has learnt a lot about her other personalities through their artistic styles. Kim’s autobiography ‘All of Me’ was published in October 2011 about her life with a personality disorder.

Linda Bell makes interactive artwork and she mainly works in sculpture and installation. She explores a wide range of materials and processes, all with a strong tactile quality. She frequently makes work which can be played with and whilst making she will experiment with ways of moving and engaging with a piece.

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Phil Baird’s art career started when he first entered art school 40 years ago, and he has dedicated much of his life to making things. He has exhibited and worked at art whenever he could inter spaced by hospital admissions. Phil has focused on drawing for three years now, recently publishing the book ‘Simple Complex Drawings.’

More information on the selectors:

Frances Coleman – After studying in Newcastle and Bath, Frances completed an MFA at the Slade School of Art in London. Since then, Frances has worked in various schools and colleges over the years. Frances has continued her own studio based practice too, exhibiting both in the UK and abroad. Nine years ago Frances set up the ‘Coleman Project Space,’ working with independent curators, artists, the general public and various other art organisations, commissioning new work from individuals and groups both UK based and International.

Henry Boxer – Henry began his career as a professional photographer, however, after travelling extensively in India and South America, he decided to follow his true passion and open an art gallery in his home town of Richmond. Originally specialising in Modern British Art, he then turned his attention to self-taught and visionary art. Henry Boxer is the leading outsider art dealer in the UK and is considered one of the foremost experts in the field today.

Jennifer Gilbert – Jennifer has been the Outside In Coordinator since September 2011. She studied as a Graphic Designer and Textile Artist in London and went on to complete a Masters in Art, Health and Wellbeing in Birmingham.

Ron Henocq – Ron Henocq is a graduate of the Slade School of Art, who went on to study at the Escuela de Balles Arts in Mexico City on a British Council Scholarship. Following this he travelled extensively in the sixties and seventies through Latin America and the Caribbean. On returning to England Ron, along with others, established the Bermondsey Artists Group and opened the Cafe Gallery in 1984.

Outside In: Bethlem

Outside In: Bethlem was an exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery running alongside Outside In: London.

Marc Steene, the Head of Learning and Community at Pallant House Gallery, selected one artist that creates art through SLAM (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). This artist was Ronald Henry and the exhibition ran from the 29 August – 21 September 2012. Please take a look at his Outside In page: www.outsidein.org.uk/ronald

Ronald is 73 years old and was a resident of both Maudsley and Bethlem hospitals for approximately 2 years. He now lives in a low and medium secure unit in Berkshire. He began drawing when he arrived at Maudsley, honing his central motifs of planes and boats.

The work is saturated with meaning and symbolism specific to Ronald’s thoughts and belief systems. His style is naïve and he often includes text and messages to his intended recipients and audiences. Many of the messages are addressed to prominent heads of state, both in Britain and America. He chooses basic, easily available materials, to work with such as pen, wax crayons, pencil and paper.

Ronald’s unique style sheds an x-ray vision onto the world he sees. Whether he is drawing animals, planes, boats or people he will draw them from the inside out. Starting with the inner workings of internal organs (in the living subjects) or furniture and fixings (in the manufactured ones) continuing, layer by layer, until the 2 dimensions of his paper exploration manage to depict all 3 of the person, being or object of interest.

British Outsider Art at Bethlem Museum

Running alongside the Bethlem Gallery show was an exhibition about British Outsider Art at The Bethlem Museum from 7 July – 3 November 2012. This exhibition included artists such as Madge Gill, Scottie Wilson and Vonn Stropp. 

Address: Archives and Museum, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

CGP London Gallery

Royal Academy of Art: Teachers and Schools

Studio Upstairs

Here are a selection of photographs from the Outside In: London exhibition that was exhibited in CGP London in Southwark Park.

Exhibition review by Kate Davey

“Outside In: London is the creation of Outside In; an organisation based at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, which aims to provide a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world. The competition received submissions from 190 artists living within Greater London which were then narrowed down to eight finalists whose works were on display at CGP London in Southwark Park.

The finalists included Alan Ramdhan, whose intricate drawings and etchings offer almost photographic recollections of places he has been to; Alan Streets, painter of imaginary scenes and whimsical landscapes and Bethlem artist Albert, whose semi-technical architectural drawings depict houses in which he’d like to live. Also selected was Kate Bradbury’s sculpture Admiral Jolly Bob Storm the Third and her infinitely fascinating monochrome drawings, as well as Kim Noble’s multi- figural reflections on living with Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Outside In: London has encouragingly shown that works created by those who have faced or do face barriers to the art world, can undoubtedly hold its own in the stark environment of the contemporary ‘white cube’ space. This autumn, Outside In will launch their National exhibition at Pallant House Gallery; filling the main spaces of a gallery predominantly renowned for its modern
British works with selected pieces from the competition in an attempt to encourage inclusivity within the mainstream art world.”

In this exhibition:
Alan Ramdhan

My name is Alan Ramdhan and I am a 32 year old artist with autism based in South London. I started drawing when I was 12 years old, it felt very comfortable and the right …

Alan Streets

Alan Streets has painted as a Plein Air artist in New York City for 10 years with his acrylic canvases becoming popular and well known. While in America Alan Streets stars in the award winning …


“I like to work with my hands. I’ve drawn for years, on and off, even as a child I was always scribbling something but I didn’t take it seriously until I came to Bethlem where …

David Byrne

Using text from song lyrics, T.V programme titles and names of sitcom characters and pop stars David creates multi-layered artworks, writing and rewriting his thoughts, often combining collage with paint and pen. Recently David has …

Kate Bradbury

When I wake up in the morning it's like getting dressed. I pick up my powerdrill and hacksaw and with hands still inky from late night scribblings, I set the house to singing and shaking. …

Linda Bell

Linda makes interactive artwork. She mainly works in sculpture and installation, exploring a wide range of materials and processes, all with a strong tactile quality. The process of making is crucial to Linda's own relationship …

Phil Baird

I have been selected from 190 Artists for the Outside in London competion. To show at least 4 works at The Cafe Gallery project gallery in Southwark park Bermondsey South Docklands! so you can see …