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Outside In: Exploring the Margins of Art

£15 (£13.50 for Friends)

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Join us for a thought-provoking talk by Marc Steene, founder of the charity, Outside In and author of Outside In: Exploring the Margins of Art.

Marc Steene will share his insights, including the compelling work of ‘outsider’ artists and contemporary talents, highlighting the significance of inclusivity and change in the art world.

Through the lens of art rescued from European asylums, Madge Gill’s spirit-guided creations, Rakibul Chowdhury’s fascination with popular culture, and Drew Fox’s ethereal pieces born from near-death experiences, this talk explores the necessity of creativity by people on the periphery.

The exclusive global art market is one which few aspiring artists manage to penetrate. How, then, can a creative person with virtually no arts engagement or formal training, perhaps with mental or other significant health issues, disability, or experiencing difficult social circumstances, find a way in?

Don’t miss this enlightening discussion on providing opportunities for artists facing significant barriers in the art world, as inspired by Steene’s journey to establish the groundbreaking charity, Outside In (Find out more below).

Book your tickets

Tickets cost £15 (13.50 for Friends) and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Our galleries, including the John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey and Jake Grewal: Some days I feel more alive exhibitions will be open until 8pm. If you would also like to visit the exhibitions, you can book your a half-price ticket here. (Entry to the galleries is not included in event ticket).

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Speaker bio - Marc Steene

Marc Steene is the Founder and Director of Outside In, the award-winning charity that seeks to create a fairer art world and to celebrate the diversity of creators in our community. He was formerly Executive Director at Pallant House Gallery.

Marc Steene is a leading figure in the world of arts and inclusion. Through his work he seeks to challenge concepts as to who is an artist and what constitutes art. He champions an inclusive approach to working with communities, enabling creativity, and examining how we define and talk about culture more widely.  As founder of award-winning arts charity Outside In and as a writer, curator, and campaigner, he seeks to create a fairer art world where a wider body of artists are recognised and have the opportunity to have their work seen and their voices heard.

Marc is Vice President of the European Outsider Art Association and has delivered papers at conferences across the globe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded the Adapt Award for Access and the Civic Award for Services to the people of Chichester.

Marc has three daughters and lives with his partner in Brighton. He is an enthusiastic biker and marathon runner and also continues to paint for his own pleasure.


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Outside In

Outside In provides a platform for artists who encounter significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance, or isolation.

It is an important and rare example of an organisation with national reach championing the work of artists excluded from the art world. It was formed in 2006 at Pallant House Gallery and won the Charity Award for Arts and Heritage in 2013 and the Queens Award for Voluntary Services in 2022. Outside In became an independent charity in 2017 and gained National Portfolio Organisation status with the Arts Council England in 2018.

Outside In provides a digital platform for its artists to show their work and three programmes of activity: artist development, exhibitions, and training. These activities, supported by fundraising and communications, all aim to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities, and influencing organisations.

The charity has developed its regional presence and now has hubs in the South of England, the Midlands and the North West with plans to develop a hub in the South West.

Find out more