The Dizziness of Freedom

This year, two Outside In artists will be taking part in Anxiety Festival 2014. The exhibition; entitled ‘The Dizziness of Freedom,’ runs from 26 June – 13 July 2014 at The Bermondsey Project in London and features the work of Tess Springall and David Bradley.

The group exhibition will explore the notion of choice in a contemporary society defined by consumerism, an excess of information and endless possibilities. Bringing philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety to present times, the artists approach choice as an act of freedom as well as an ever-present strain.

Through installation, sculpture, film, performance, painting and photography, the works hint at moments of decision-making – both in artistic processes and daily life – often infused with feelings of aspiration, self-consciousness and playfulness.

Here, Kate Davey introduces both artists and a selection of their work taken from their Outside In online galleries.


Tess Springall


Tess worked as a potter at Amberley Chalkpits Museum and as a silversmith at R.L.S Silversmiths before studying for a National Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration at Northbrook College. This paved the way for a Degree at Portsmouth University, from which Tess graduated in 2001. Amongst Tess’ diverse oeuvre are 3D models based on her experience of being sectioned. Of her piece in the show; ‘Bust with two objects for company,’ she says:

“I had been to a clay workshop at Pallant House Gallery with Ben Barker. It inspired me to get some clay and make this piece. I love working with clay.”

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A selection of Tess’ work taken from her Outside In gallery


David Bradley


Inspired by people, situations, everyday things in life, and frustrations, David started making art when he was experiencing a difficult period in his life. Predominantly portraits representing different emotions, David’s faces take influence from his own feelings; past and present. David creates his work at Project Ability; a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation that creates opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health issues.

David says of the creative process:

“It makes me feel as if I have accomplished something. I feel a bit of peace inside. It takes my mind off of other things and I feel like I am getting rid of something within. These feelings are always there but it’s about digging and getting them out. I am still getting those feelings, it is OK to accept them, and it makes me feel good as well.”

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A selection of David’s work taken from his Outside In gallery

You can also see a Q&A with David by clicking here


For more information on the Anxiety Festival’s ‘The Dizziness of Freedom’, click here


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