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 is free and is open to artists across the United Kingdom.
'Musicians' by Michelle Roberts, 'The ones that I've been saving to make a feather bed' by Kate Bradbury, 'Fukushima Conjuration' by Matthew Sergison-Main, 'Woman' by Nigel Kingsbury, 'Cosmic Hat' by Phil Baird and 'Mermaid' by Manuel Lanca Bonifacio have been named as the winning entries to the competition for artists from the margins at a prize-giving ceremony at the Gallery on Thursday 25 October.Each award-winner will be offered the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in 2013 and 2014.
Click here to view an image gallery of the winning works.
All of the judges were impressed by the quality and range of the works on show and agreed on the difficulty of making a selection. Director of Pallant House Gallery Stefan van Raay said: "I am really excited that Outside In has now gone national for the first time. As a judge I was dreading the fact that I had to pick out a few though actually we reached a consensus quite quickly. I know it is a cliché but everyone in this show is a winner and I am proud that we show this wealth of talent in the main exhibition spaces of the Gallery."
Roger Cardinal agreed: "It is not really about finding the top six, it is more about showing the public that ordinary people without training can produce great work. Art can happen anywhere in all sorts of places, not just in art centres and galleries but where you are. The works in this exhibition are expressions of individuality, pledges of intent, claims upon our time." For Bobby Baker, "The most powerful thing was seeing all the works together in this beautifully mounted and curated exhibition. I feel very privileged to be part of the process and completely bowled over by the exhibition."