Call out for artists in south west england


Outside In, Arts & Health South West (AHSW) and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery are working in partnership on a new touring exhibition, ‘Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art from the South West.’ Submissions are NOW OPEN for artists, who align themselves with Outside In’s ethos, to enter work for possible inclusion in the show. 


The project is happening thanks to a successful Arts Council England Strategic Touring Programme bid, which will enable the organisation and production of a touring exhibition of work by artists who feel excluded from the mainstream art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. The exhibition will tour to four partner museums in the South West: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, Poole Museum, and The Wilson in Cheltenham.


Artists who live in south west england who have an online gallery on the Outside In website will be able to submit two pieces of work for possible inclusion in the show. If you don't have a page, and you feel you meet the Outside In criteria, you can create an online gallery easily by going to the 'sign up' tab on the website. Artists who need extra support to submit their work are encouraged to attend one of the scheduled Surgery Days taking place at eight venues across the South West, where you will get help to create an online gallery. 


Areas in the South West include: Bath & NE Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isles of Scilly, Isle of Wight, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay, Wiltshire. 



TO SUBMIT WORK, log in to your online gallery and go to the image you would like to submit. Underneath the image it will have an 'edit' button, so click on this. On the page that opens you can scroll to the bottom where it says 'would you like to submit your work for the 2016 south west exhibition' – click the button for yes and press 'save'. You can choose two images in total to submit for selection. You can change your image selection easily if you want to. You can just unselect the one you have chosen and select a different one instead – remember to press 'save'. If you have any trouble with this please contact Hannah Whitlock, Outside In Artist Coordinator, on 01243 770 845 or email


The DEADLINE for submissions is 5pm on Friday 4 November 2016.


The touring exhibition will be accompanied by interpretation and educational activities, including a film, audio tour and additional interpretation from participants of Artists First; a group of learning disabled visual artists based in Bristol. 


Image credit: Stacey Fish – Elephant, Bird, Man

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