On the evening of Wednesday 17 June, we held the opening of an exhibition in collaboration with Not Shut Up magazine; a national arts magazine supporting and celebrating the creativity of those held in secure hospitals, refugee centres, prisons, children's homes and other custodial settings.
The exhibition is at Garden Court Chambers, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LS until 31 August 2015 (visit by appointment only – please call 020 7993 7600 to arrange a time).
Nigel Kingsbury has developed a successful artistic career since being crowned an Outside In Award Winner in 2012. Born in 1949, Nigel has been a key member of Action Space; a London based visual arts organisation supporting the development of artists with learning disabilities, for over 10 years. He creates fine, delicate portraits depicting women as mystical goddesses attired in glamorous ball gowns, decadent outfits and floating dresses. Each picture is unique, sometimes drawn from memory, sometimes of those in close proximity, but always of women he likes and is inspired by.
Manuel Bonifacio, another Outside In Award Winner in 2012, has also achieved unprecedented success in the outsider art world. Born in Portugal in 1947, Manuel currently spends his Wednesdays and Fridays at ArtVenture – a creative day centre for adults with learning difficulties in Guildford. Many of Manuel’s works reflect his childhood ambition of joining the army; depicting helicopters, aeroplanes, motorbikes and boats. It also helps him expose his unique view to the world. He is continuously creating one piece after another; a drawing, a ceramic, a painting, and his experimentation is equally as admirable as his obvious inquisitiveness.
Image: Manuel Bonifacio, Parachutes