27 October 2012 - 3 February 2013
Outside In: National at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, showcased 80 works by artists selected from pieces submitted to the Outside In: National competition from July 2011 - July 2012. From substance misusers to self-taught visionaries, the exhibition provided a unique insight into the extraordinary breadth and vitality of work produced by individuals from outside the mainstream art world.
As well as the works selected for inclusion in the exhibition, six Award Winners were chosen who will have the opportunity to have a solo exhibition in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery. The Award Winners were selected by previous Director of Pallant House Gallery Stefan van Raay, renowned performance artist Bobby Baker and art historian Roger Cardinal.
To see the selected Award Winners follow this link: http://www.outsidein.org.uk/news_and_events?item_id0=12348
Marc Steene, Deputy Director at Pallant House Gallery, has spearheaded the project, describing it as a ‘gentle revolution', designed to enable a fairer art world where all who create have an equal opportunity to sit at the table and have their work seen and valued. He says ‘The challenge we are embracing is to reconsider how we define who is and is not an artist and what is and is not art in order to change attitudes in the mainstream art world'.
Outside In: National was shown as part of a season of exhibitions at Pallant House Gallery celebrating non-traditional creativity including the first major solo show in a UK public Gallery for nearly 50 years of the father of Art Brut, Jean Dubuffet (20 October 2012 - 3 February 2013) and an exhibition of the self-taught artist Pat Douthwaite (23 October 2012 - 3 February 2013). During the exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, there was an audio trail throughout the Galleries by Outside In: Step Up artists, highlighting research into Galleries Collection.
Outside In: The competition
The Outside In: National competition was launched in July 2011. Submissions were invited from artists who find it difficult to access the art world for a variety of reasons such as health, disability, social circumstances or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as ‘art'. Entry to the competition was free and open to artists across the United Kingdom.
Outside In: The Selectors
80 works were selected to be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery from more than 2,300 submissions to the competition. The selectors were Tony Heaton, Director of Shape Arts; Collector of Outsider art, Rose Knox Peebles; Outside In Ambassador and former Outside In Award-Winner Carlo Keshishian; and Marc Steene, Deputy Director of Pallant House Gallery.
Outside In: The Judges
Stefan van Raay - Previous Director of Pallant House Gallery
Stefan van Raay studied Art History and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. In 1986 he was co-founder of the art historical consultancy D’Arts. He has been the Head of Exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and in October 1997, he became the Director of Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex. He stepped down in November 2012.
Roger Cardinal - Art Historian
Roger Cardinal is the author of the first book about Art Brut, Outsider Art (1972). His writings on self-taught art in Europe and America include Primitive Painters (1978) and the co-authored Marginalia. In 1979, he co-curated with Victor Musgrave the pioneering Outsiders exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London. He is now a regular adviser to the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne. He is Emeritus Professor of Literary & Visual Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.
Bobby Baker - Performance Artist
Bobby Baker lives in London, England. In her career of 35 odd years she has, amongst other things, danced with meringue ladies; made a life size edible and tasty cake version of her family to be eaten by visitors; opened her kitchen to the public and subsequently many kitchens around the world; and so on. In 2009 a major exhibition at Wellcome Collection shared her Diary Drawings with a wider public for the first time. These began in 1997 when she became a patient at a day centre.
To see a copy of the Outside In: National handlist please follow this link to download the PDF: http://www.outsidein.org.uk/Outside-In-National-handlist
To see pictures from the Outside In: National exhibition please follow this link: http://www.outsidein.org.uk/Outside-In-National-in-pictures