A selection of works from ‘Outside In: National', the ground-breaking triennial open-entry exhibition which recently showcased around 80 works by artists from the margins, will embark on a national tour this year. Having been exhibited in the main spaces of Pallant House Gallery until February 2013, ‘Outside In: National' has inspired a tour showcasing 20 selected pieces from the show, including the six award winners, which will start in March 2013 in Stowmarket, and end in January 2014 in West Bromwich.
Outside In was initially set up in 2006 by Pallant House Gallery to provide opportunities for artists with a desire to create who see themselves as facing a barrier to the art world. The goal of the project is to create a fairer art world which rejects traditional values and institutional judgements about whose work can and should be displayed.
Described as offering a "radical perspective on Britain today" by Jonathan Jones of The Guardian, ‘Outside In: National' provided an opportunity for artists working on the edges of society to have their work displayed in the internationally renowned space of Pallant House Gallery via an open-entry competition. 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. Shown for the first time in the Gallery's main spaces, the exhibition headlined a season of exhibitions and events that celebrated non-traditional creativity.
As an extension of this success, the first stop on Outside In's national tour will be the Museum of East Anglian Life, located in Stowmarket, where it will be from 29 March - 31 May 2013. The second stop on the tour will be rb&hArts in London between 6 June and 15 August, followed by Salisbury Arts Centre from 22 August - 29 September. The final stop on Outside In's tour will be The Public in West Bromwich, which is an exciting creative, community and cultural space, where the exhibition will run from 7 October 2013 - 3 January 2014.
The touring show will comprise of 20 of the works from ‘Outside In: National', selected by the Outside In team, including all of the works by the Outside In award winners: ‘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. The Outside In award winners were selected by a panel of judges during ‘Outside In: National', comprising of renowned performance artist Bobby Baker, art historian Roger Cardinal and previous Director of Pallant House Gallery, Stefan van Raay.
The "biggest visual arts treat of the year," as described by Colin Hambrook of Disability Arts Online in 2012, is part of 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. Marc Steene, Deputy Director at Pallant House Gallery, states that "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 on Tour
Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket: 29 March - 31 May
Royal Brompton Hospital, London: 6 June - 15 August
Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury: 22 August - 29 September
The Public, West Bromwich: 7 October - 3 January 2014