Outside In 2009, Pallant House Gallery Magazine

This August (2009) sees the return of Outside In. to Pallant House Gallery.  Throughout the month visitors will be able see the work of marginalised and outsider artists from across the South of England displayed prominently in three of the Gallery’s main spaces. While the previous exhibition (in 2007) focused solely on artists living in Sussex, this time the net has been cast much further, taking in the whole of the Southern region from Cornwall to Kent. Selected work will be judged and six awards will offer artists the opportunity to have either a residency or a solo exhibition at Pallant House Gallery.

Alongside the main exhibition Outside In has developed a number of additional strands of work that allows the project to reach out to a much larger audience.  A dedicated website was launched earlier this year and artists wishing to enter work can upload their work directly to the site. There is also an online gallery sharing research and showing and selling work by marginalised artists.  Partnerships have been developed with several high profile arts organisations in the region including the Arnolfini, Bristol, Dartington College, Newlyn Art Gallery, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Bethlem Gallery and Salisbury Arts Centre. A further part of the project has been the development of a series of workshops across the region led by marginalised artists who have been newly trained as workshop leaders under a scheme called Step Up. 

A series of events will also go some way to help challenge and raise debate regarding marginalised and outsider artists.  There is a film programme in partnership with the New Park Cinema Festival featuring films that have a focus on outsider art and artists. There are two scheduled talks one by renowned self-taught artist Chris Hipkiss in conversation with collector Rose Knox Peebles and another by French artist Gilles Ganachaud who will be looking at the work of Raymond Isidore the artist who created Picassiette in Chartres, France.

The Outside In exhibition will take place for three months between August and November 2009, and during this time Pallant House Gallery will take on a distinct outsider art focus. An exhibition profiling the work of famous outsider artist Scottie Wilson will take place in the Print Room and there will be a Gallery trail and tours focusing on five outsider and marginalised artists in the Gallery’s collection.