Why Step Up training?

Image (c) Andy Hood

Step Up training is Outside In’s training and professional development programme, offering those facing barriers to the art world the opportunity to gain new arts-sector skills. These skills include researching, interpretation, devising and delivering creative workshops, writing in response to art work, curating exhibitions and speaking confidently about art.

After participating in a course, people have gone on to take up paid and voluntary opportunities running their own creative workshops, giving talks about their research interests and delivering guided tours about a specific artist or theme.

What do other people say about Step Up training courses?

“I would definitely recommend Step Up to other people. The first thing I would say is that it’s great for your confidence, and it really helps you to collate and build a portfolio. It also gives you the confidence to work in other areas. Participants start defining themselves as artists, not just a ‘person that does art.’ It’s very inspiring and it has really informed my work. The academic side really excited me too – interpreting the collections at Pallant House Gallery and researching the archives, which I love”


LWG, artist and Step Up: Exploring Collections participant