This week, we are very pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition that is the result of a collaboration between Outside In and Not Shut Up magazine. Not Shut Up is 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. In celebration of the publication of the latest issue – which features an article on Outside In – there will be an exhibition at the Garden Court Chambers in London.
The exhibition will showcase the work of Outside In Award Winners Manuel Bonifacio and Nigel Kingsbury, and opens this Wednesday (17 June) 6 – 8.30pm at Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LS.
Manuel Bonifacio has achieved unprecedented success in the outsider art world since his Outside In Award Win in 2012. 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.
Similarly, Nigel Kingsbury has developed a successful artistic career since he was 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.
We are very pleased to be working with Matthew Meadows, Art Editor of Not Shut Up. Matthew has been curating Freeflow Arts exhibitions at Garden Court Chambers since 2010:
“My book Insider Art – a survey of visual arts in the UK’s criminal justice system commissioned by the Koestler Trust – was launched at Garden Court Chambers in 2010, with an exhibition of art by artists featured in the book. This central London chambers is truly a front line for the defence of human rights and civil liberties, and I was very pleased then to be able to continue this exhibition with an ongoing programme called Freeflow Arts, mostly showing art by prisoners and ex-prisoners. As Art Editor I am able to feature these exhibitions in concurrent issues of Not Shut Up and when possible, the magazine is launched at opening receptions. Working with the wonderful Outside In programme has felt very appropriate; they have several prisoners represented on their website!
Following its opening on Wednesday 17 June, the exhibition will continue until 31 August 2015 by appointment. To book a visit, please call 020 7993 7600 for information about opening times.