South West Surgery Days

This year to coincide with our exhibition Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art from the South West, Outside In are running Surgery Days across the south west region to meet with artists and support them to create an online gallery on the Outside In website. Artists then have the opportunity to digitally submit two pieces of work to the exhibition. We asked Hannah Whitlock, Outside In Artist Coordinator, to share her Surgery Day experiences so far this summer.

Surgery Days are such a vital part of the project, reaching out to artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world. During a one hour one-to-one session, the artist meets with a member of the Outside In team to go through an online sign-up process. We ask each artist to bring five pieces of original work so the team can give advice on the best way to take high quality photographs. This is important when registering with us as most of our exhibition submissions are digital so a high-quality photograph could be the difference between selection and non-selection.

Over the last few months I have run Surgery Days in Bath, Cheltenham and Bristol, and in the coming months I will visit Poole, Falmouth, Plymouth and surrounding areas. If you are interested in booking a session, check the events page where the next few dates will be listed.

So far, there has been such a variety of work and I am already really looking forward to seeing who will be selected for the exhibition next year. It’s always such an honour to meet with artists and to see their artwork, we get time to talk about their work and I’ve heard a lot of incredible stories, from an artist living in a tent in the wilderness creating detailed artwork on a mobile phone, to an artist who has just started creating work 6 months ago and has blossomed since. It’s such a privilege to be a part of the artist’s journey.

Below are a few images of the work I’ve seen so far:

Ruth Harrisson - Queen Mum Has Eaten Too Much

Ruth Harrison, Queen Mum Has Eaten Too Much

Edward Wyatt - Frantic

Edward Wyatt, Frantic

Sam P - Untitled

Sam P, Untitled

Judy Reynolds - Florence and the Machine Odyssey

Judy Reynolds, Florence and the Machine Odyssey

If you are an artist based in the south west of England, click here for more information about submitting work for Alternative Visions: Undiscovered Art from the South West.


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