Pallant House Gallery is delighted to announce that Outside In, its pioneering project aimed at those facing barriers to the art world, has won the Charity Awards 2013, the highest profile event in the charity calendar. The winners were announced in a ceremony last night.
Outside In was shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category, beating stiff competition from The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts and The Reading Agency to become the overall winner of the category.
The award was presented to Gregory Perry, Director of Pallant House Gallery and Marc Steene, Deputy Director of Pallant House Gallery, and founder of Outside In, by actress, writer and comedian, Sharon Horgan in front of a 700 strong audience at the Grosvenor House Hotel last night.
Outside In was established in 2006 to provide a platform for artists who are traditionally excluded from the art world due to health, disability, social circumstances or because their art does not conform to what is considered art. Its main vehicle is a triennial open art exhibition which was first held in 2007 and featured 100 artists from across Sussex. By 2012 the project had grown significantly and engaged more than 1,500 artists and 10,000 audience members.
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. In addition to promoting the artists' work to a larger audience, sharing their work online boosts their confidence and self-esteem. So far 34 'Surgery Days' have been held for free at partner venues across the country, and the project has helped 338 artists build online galleries as a result of these days. Outside In now works with 54 partner organisations ranging from national galleries to community groups to deliver training and workshops.
Marc Steene, Deputy Director at Pallant House Gallery, and founder of Outside In, is thrilled with the news. He says: "Winning the Charity Awards is a massive endorsement for the Gallery, Outside In and all the artists and organisations that have worked with us, a huge thank you to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation who had the vision and faith to support Outside In from its small beginnings to where it is today."
Daniel Phelan, organiser of The Charity Awards comments: "The Charity Awards programme recognises the exceptional work that takes place within the voluntary sector and the dramatic effects that charities have on a wide spectrum of social needs. It's vital that we acknowledge the work these organisations do, which is why I'm delighted Pallant House Gallery won their category. They beat off very stiff competition for this prestigious prize and should be enormously proud. I congratulate everyone involved."
Outside In is part of Pallant House Gallery's exemplary Learning and Community Programme, which has also been recognised by The Adapt Award for Excellence in Access and the Museums and Heritage Awards for its innovative Partners in Art scheme.