Founded in 2006 by Marc Steene, Deputy Director of Pallant House Gallery, Outside In provides a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world due to disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art.

With its main vehicle being a triennial open exhibition, Outside In has grown significantly since its inception, with 2012's exhibition engaging more than 1,500 artists nationally and 10,000 audience members. Additionally, through the project's website more than 1,600 artists have been able to create an online gallery, with more than 6,000 people visiting the site each month.

Outside In provides a community of like-minded artists and opportunities to have an online presence as well as the chance to take part in art competitions and exhibitions. The project also offers more general information, advice and support to develop as an artist.

Outside In now works with 54 partner organisations ranging from national galleries to community groups to deliver training and workshops. The Outside In: Step Up programme is a subsidiary of the charity, and trains artists facing barriers to research and deliver workshops, equipping them with numerous transferable skills.

The shortlisted entries for the Museum and Heritage Awards are judged by a panel of experts from a range of industry sectors and specialisms who will look for evidence of 'outcome, creativity, relation to objective and cost effectiveness,' with the winners being announced tonight; 15 May.

Outside In is part of Pallant House Gallery's exemplary Learning and Community Programme, which has been recognised by The Adapt Award for Excellence in Access and has previously been commended in the Museums and Heritage Awards for its innovative Partners in Art scheme.

Winners of the Museum and Heritage Awards will be announced tonight; 15 May.