Co-commission opportunity in response to Scottie Wilson's work

Outside In and Pallant House Gallery are pleased to announce their Co-commission opportunity

Outside In and Pallant House Gallery are offering an exciting opportunity for Outside In’s artists to submit proposals for a commission responding to the work of artist Scottie Wilson*. The Co-commission offers £4,000 to the successful artist or artists.

Working in partnership, we will commission the successful artist to create artwork which will be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery in May 2018.

About Scottie Wilson

Scottie Wilson (1891-1972) was a Scottish artist known for his highly detailed drawing style.

His drawings are incredibly imaginative and often include birds, fish, trees and flowers which sometimes have heads and faces in them. Scottie calls these characters ‘Evils and Greedies’, he believed these were symbols for goodness and truth.

Scottie spent his childhood in poverty which led to him leaving school at an early age and taking up work as a market trader. Scottie also spent time as solider during the First World War.

Once Scottie left the army he moved to Canada where he opened a small junk shop. It was in the back of this shop, on a table covered in cardboard, that Wilson discovered his compulsion for drawing. 

Throughout his career as an artist Wilson used pen and ink as a basis for his drawings, along with coloured crayons, watercolour and coloured inks on paper or card.   He enjoyed telling stories and often gave different accounts of events in his life. 

You can see more of his work here.

About the commission

This commission is open to all Outside In artists based in the UK and create work in any form. The final work should be primarily new work or it can be existing work which can be displayed in a new way.

We are also open to proposals from artists wishing to work collaboratively on the commission.

We encourage artists to explore Scottie Wilsons work in whatever way means that something to them. This could be the way he creates his work compulsively, themes of ‘goodness’ or ‘evils’, or his imaginative worlds including different animals, nature and faces. We encourage all art forms for the proposal, including 2d and 3d works.

The commission will be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester in Room 6 alongside work by Scottie Wilson, which are part of Pallant House Gallery’s Collection. To view works by Scottie Wilson, you can look at this website:

There is a budget available of up to £4,000 for the commission which will allow to cover materials, travel, exhibition prep and the artists time. Outside In are able support with managing the budget if needed.

There will be up to 8 weeks available for the successful artist to create the commission. The successful artists will also be appointed a mentor who can provide support during the making time. 


Outside In are offering Artist Support Days to help artists who wish to apply for this opportunity and to find out more about the co-commission.

Our Artists Support Days are made up of individual one hour 1-1 sessions. Artists receive support to create their own online gallery on the Outside In website which includes taking photos and writing an artist statement. There will also be sessions for support to submit their application for the commission.

To find out more about when and where the artists support days will be please contact Hannah Whitlock. 

Find out more and how to apply

To receive an application form and information pack, or to book a place on an Artists Support Days, or to find out more, please contact Hannah Whitlock, Outside In Artist Coordinator, either by email or by calling 01243 770845

Deadline: Friday February 9th  2018 at 5pm

Gallery visits for shortlisted artists: week commencing 19th February 2018

Exhibition opening date: 2nd May – 29th July 2018, opening night to be confirmed.

Images by Scottie Wilson from the Pallant House Gallery Collection, n.d.