Outside In: A look back over 2016

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For our final blog post of 2016 we’re looking back over the last 12 months. It has been a very busy year for us, having provided more opportunities for artists to exhibit their work than ever before.

We celebrated our 10th anniversary this year with a special exhibition at Pallant House Gallery and invited many of our past Award Winners, Ambassadors and volunteers to the gallery for our 10th birthday party. Our £10 For 10 Years fundraising campaign helped secure further funding for our projects.

In March, our fourth triennial exhibition, in collaboration with Craftspace, Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making opened at Pallant House Gallery. The touring exhibition showcases work by historically renowned Outsider Artists, contemporary self-taught artists, and 21 Outside In artists selected through an open call-out. It is currently at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe and will continue to tour the UK until late 2017. Two Outside In artists who appear in the show, Kate Bradbury and Ian Sherman, both had work exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year. While at Pallant House Gallery, the Radical Craft exhibition was complimented by a yarn-bombing installation in the gallery’s courtyard garden. The work was produced during drop-in workshops in late 2015, with lead artist and Outside In Ambassador, Julia Oak.


Artwork by Xavier White and Lasmin Salmon in the Radical Craft exhibition

Partnerships continue to be key to the way we work and this year we teamed up with some inspiring organisations from across the country. At the start of the year we collaborated with Daily Life Ltd and Bethlem Gallery to deliver the Letting in the Light light box installation; we shared the work of mediumistic, automatic and visionary artists at the College of Psychic Studies for Encounters with the Spirit World; we worked with Central Saint Martins and the University of Chichester to deliver Insight Partnerships between Outside In artists and recent graduates; Outside In artists exhibited in Brighton’s Artist Open Houses and HOUSE festival in May; and we supported a creative partnership between Outside In artist William Hanekom and the National Trust in Croome during the development of a Sensory Experience Map.


Letting in the Light

Outside In continued to expand our international reach this year. We presented Nama Āto: Japanese Outsider Art in collaboration with Unlimited and Atelier Corners. The exhibition of work by three Japanese artists with learning disabilities toured from Chichester to London and Glasgow. It will have its final UK exhibition in Leicester from 20 January – 12 March 2017. In June Marc Steene represented Outside In at the European Outsider Art Conference in Poland and in October we presented the work of eight artists at the Outsider Art Fair in Paris for the third consecutive year.


Artists and staff from Atelier Corners at the Nama Ato exhibition at the Southbank Centre



Chris Neate with his work on display at the Outsider Art Fair in Paris

This year we changed the name of our successful series of one-to-one workshops from Surgery Days to Artist Support Days. We delivered Artist Support Days at 22 locations across the country, helping artists to photograph their work, write an artist statement and create an online gallery. Outside In now have over 2,400 artists sharing artwork on our website. We also supported a team of artists to develop their social media skills through the DigiBuddies course, which was run at Pallant House Gallery by SprungDigi.


Our DigiBuddies participants

We are very grateful for the gift of work by Outside In Ambassador Stephen White, which was auctioned this year to raise vital funds to support Outside In. Our Artist Coordinator Hannah also raised £600 for Outside In by running the Brighton Half Marathon. If you would like to donate to Outside In please visit our JustGiving page to help support our ongoing work.

As the year comes to a close we’re looking ahead to our next major exhibition, Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art in the South West, which will tour the south west of England from June next year. We have just completed the selection process and the mix of work that will go on show is breath-taking. We can’t wait to share it with you!

There will be lots more opportunities to get involved with Outside In next year and we hope to see many of you over the next 12 months. If you would like to set up your own Outside In online gallery, please email Artist Coordinator Hannah Whitlock: h.whitlock@pallant.org.uk or follow the step-by-step process on the website. For the latest updates, make sure you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you have any news or events you would like to promote through the Outside In website, blog or social media channels, please email Communications Officer Harry Scott: h.scott@pallant.org.uk.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and good health from the Outside In team!

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