Funds will help support artists and tackle digital divide
A new grant could be set to see award-winning arts charity Outside In support 120 artists.
The funding of nearly £5,000 comes from The Worshipful Company of Grocers and will be used to deliver the charity’s programme of 20 Artist Support Days and training events.
Director and founder Marc Steene said: “This grant will make a tangible difference to the lives of many people who face significant barriers to the art world, whether due to disability, mental health, social circumstance or isolation.
“These activities are a fundamental part of Outside In’s work, not only as they are the primary outreach means by which artists join the charity, but they provide an important platform to help artists realise their ambitions and potential.”
Planned carefully, often in tandem with a gallery, museum, community arts organisations or health settings, Artist Support Days offer one-to-one support so artists can create their own online galleries – from photographing their art work to writing an artist statement.
Marc added: “Many of our artists lack the means, skills and support to access the internet. In a world where your online presence is becoming more and more important, for both professional and personal reasons, the exclusion of so many disadvantaged and disabled people needs addressing if we are not to create a two tier society.”
The programme will take place across the UK at partner venues in the London, Midlands and the North East and West and other areas of need. The grant will also allow training events so artists can find out more about Outside In’s new website and app.
More details will be shared on the Outside In website nearer the time