Artists wanted for Vawdrey archive project

Outside In is soon set to begin work with the West Sussex Records Office on the cataloguing, preserving, and digitisation of the The Vawdrey Archive.

This archive comprises of approximately 194 paintings produced by patients in art therapy sessions run by Dr Brian Vawdrey (pictured) between 1951 to 1971 – some at the former West Sussex County Asylum, Graylingwell, Chichester – along with a copy of Vawdrey’s illustrated thesis, ‘Art in Analysis’.

Applications for artists to be involved are now open. The project, which starts on 19 November and runs until the end of June, will see participants need to be able to commit to 15 days which will include; an initial series of bi-weekly sessions – some at West Sussex Records Office in Chichester, creating artwork and visual responses to the archive, self-directed study and attending site visits.

There are a maximum of ten spaces available for the project which will aim to help archivists shape the recording of the artwork thanks to the artists’ lived mental health experience. The role also demands good communication and teamwork skills, travels expenses and refreshments will be included. 

To apply please fill out the application form (below) and send it to Hannah at or via post to: Outside In, Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG by Monday 15 October at 10am, interviews will take place on Monday 29 October and Friday 2 November.


At the following events there is a change to find out more information about the project and get support:

Induction Day – Brighton Jubilee Library, Monday 24 September, 1:30-3:30pm

Induction drop in – Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Thursday 27 September, 6-8pm

Induction Day – The Hub, Portsmouth, Friday 28 September, 1:30-3:30pm

Artist Support day – Fabrica, Brighton, Monday 1 October, 10 – 4:30pm

Artist Support day – The Hub Portsmouth, Room 5, Tuesday 9 October, 10 – 4:30pm 

Organisations and artists are welcome to the induction days and drop in event which will offer an opportunity to hear more about the project, artist support days will provide support for artists regarding filling out the application form and signing up to Outside In.

If you have any further questions or would like this information in any other format, please contact / 01273 381311

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