Looking back at 2014

As this will be our last blog post of 2014, we thought we’d look back at what we’ve done over the past year. The blog, of course, is one of our new endeavours this year, and has been extremely successful. It has showcased some of our artists’ stories, focused on events and conferences we have attended and has enabled us to provide another platform for the 2,000 artists we represent. Some of the highlights from the blog this year include the Outside In team’s trip to Jim Sanders’ house back in July, artist Carlo Keshishian’s review of the New York Outsider Art Fair, and Steve Berridge’s experience of living with the symptoms of Schizophrenia to mark World Mental Health Day. We’re looking forward to bringing you some fabulous new posts in 2015 – so watch this space!

Jim Sanders' house

Jim Sanders’ house

Additionally, we’ve gone international this year – what with heading to the European Outsider Art Association conference at the Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, and experiencing great success at the Paris Outsider Art Fair at the end of October. We’ve also been very busy showcasing the work of some fantastic artists through a range of exhibitions. We’ve seen the final four solo exhibitions focusing on the work of the six 2012 Outside In Award Winners in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery; Nigel Kingsbury, Manuel Bonifacio, Matthew Sergison-Main and Michelle Roberts, and had great feedback from ‘The Inner Self: Drawings from the Subconscious‘ at CGP London in September. We also took part in the Brighton Art Fair at the end of September, which enabled us to reach out to a whole new audience.

Kate Bradbury, Ill Fitting Skin (from the Paris Outsider Art Fair)

Kate Bradbury, Ill Fitting Skin (from the Paris Outsider Art Fair)

We’ve had articles published online on Arts Professional, Frame & Reference, Apollo Magazine, and have had a feature on artists Chaz Waldren and Manuel Bonifacio published in Raw Vision Magazine. We’ve also had two new members of staff join the team this year – Kate Davey, our Communications Officer, and Hannah Whitlock, our Artist Coordinator, and were Toovey’s nominated charity for their Christmas Private View and Charity Auction which enabled us to raise vital funds to support the important work of the project. And alongside all of this, we have continued to promote and support the work of the 2,000 artists with galleries on our website.

Manuel Bonifacio, Horse and Rider

Manuel Bonifacio, Horse and Rider

Looking ahead to 2015, we are very excited to be launching our new online shop, which will feature original works hand-picked by the Outside In team, as well as numerous pieces by artists with galleries on the website. Watch this space for more news on this! Additionally, we will be calling for submissions for our next national exhibition (to take place in 2016) early on in 2015, so keep an eye out on our website for further information about this in the new year.

Jan Arden, Wrestling with the Bull (from The Inner Self exhibition)

Jan Arden, Wrestling with the Bull (from The Inner Self exhibition)

A big thank you to everyone for all of your support over the past year, we are very much looking forward to working with you all again in 2015. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Outside In team!

Rachel Best, Reindeer and a Christmas Tree

Rachel Best, Reindeer and a Christmas Tree

If you would like to set up your own Outside In online gallery, please email Hannah Whitlock: h.whitlock@pallant.org.uk. If you have any news or events you would like to promote through the Outside In website, blog or social media channels, please email Kate Davey: k.davey@pallant.org.uk.

You can visit the Outside In website (by clicking here) for more information on our work over the past year, and to find out about future opportunities.

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