Outside In is incredibly pleased to have received funding from Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme to support 'Outside In South West'; a collaboration with Arts & Health South West, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, Poole Museum and The Wilson in Cheltenham.
The funding will enable the organisation and production of a touring exhibition of work by artists who feel excluded from the mainstream art world due to ill-health or disability in the four partner museums in the South West with associated interpretation and educational activities, including a film, audio tour and additional interpretation from participants of Artists First; a group of disabled visual artists based in Bristol. We'll also be running Surgery Days in the region to support artists who don't have the skills or facilities to photograph their work, write an artist statement and create their own online gallery.
Alex Coulter, Director of Arts & Health South West says:
"Arts & Health South West is absolutely delighted to be receiving a strategic toruing award for the project 'Outside In South West.' This partnership project brings together four venues, supporting them in developing networks with local health and social care providers and charities. The touring exhibition of work by artists who feel themselves excluded will develop their working practice and networks as well as encourage new audiences to the region."
Jennifer Gilbert, Outside In Manager says:
"The news of this funding is a real boost to Outside In and the artists the project works with in South West England who feel they face barriers to the art world. It will enable so many more artists living in this area to engage with the project, including those working in isolation and those who may never have worked with galleries or other artists before. It will also mean we can make the exhibition really accessible, with the production of audio tours and films, and will allow us to incorporate the voice and perspective of learning disabled artists in the interpretation of the show."
The image is by Bristol based artist Stacey Fish, and is entitled 'Elephant Bird Man.' Stacey is part of the Artists First collective.