Outside In: London

CGP London

16th August – 9th September 2012

A group show of work by eight London-based artists, selected from submissions to the Outside In: London competition, timed to coincide with the 2012 Paralympic Games

Outside In: London has been organised by the ground-breaking project Outside In, in collaboration with CGP London. Outside In was set up by Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, to provide a platform to artists who find it difficult to access the art world either because of mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance. The goal of the project is to create a level playing field where access to the mainstream art world is possible for all who create.

Alan Ramdhan is a student of the City Lit College in Covent Garden where he studies drawing, etching and painting. Alan’s work often depicts places that he has been to, and they contain a huge amount of detail in a very small space, often in graphite pencil.

Alan Streets was a Plein Air artist in New York City for 10 years. While in America a documentary was made about Alan titled, ‘My name’s Alan and I paint pictures.’ After struggling to make it into the art world, Alan is now based in the UK, where he paints landscapes and imaginary scenes.

Albert began to draw during his years spent in hospital, working mainly in simple accessible mediums such as pen and pencil. He has said that these drawings act as a kind of meditation and a means of escaping boredom. Albert feels ‘connected’ and ‘whole’ when he works on the drawings, repeating hundreds of pencil strokes with a focused obsessive precision.

David Byrne creates multi-layered artworks by writing and rewriting his thoughts, often combining collage with pen and paint. He uses text from song lyrics, T.V programme titles, names of sitcom characters and pop stars within his works. Recently David has developed an approach of combining projections with his own art work.

Kate Bradbury has received little acclaim from the mainstream art world, although generally she has become a little well known as an artist maker. Some years ago, Kate began intuitively making pictures and assemblages from the abandoned belongings of previous unknown tenants and continues to this day.

Kim Noble feels, as an untrained artist, that her work comes from her heart not her head, and that she has learnt a lot about her other personalities through their artistic styles. Kim’s autobiography ‘All of Me’ was published in October 2011 about her life with a personality disorder.

Linda Bell makes interactive artwork and she mainly works in sculpture and installation. She explores a wide range of materials and processes, all with a strong tactile quality. She frequently makes work which can be played with and whilst making she will experiment with ways of moving and engaging with a piece.

Phil Baird’s art career started when he first entered art school 40 years ago, and he has dedicated much of his life to making things. He has exhibited and worked at art whenever he could inter spaced by hospital admissions. Phil has focused on drawing for three years now, recently publishing the book ‘Simple Complex Drawings.’

The award-winning Pallant House Gallery is home to one of the best Collections of modern British art in the country and is widely recognised for its exemplary learning and community programme which has inclusion at its heart. The Gallery is host to the innovative project Outside In which provides a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world because of mental health or other health issues, disability, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to traditional art norms. There are no set creative criteria for the artists that choose to align themselves with the project.

The main vehicle for the project is the Outside In: National, an open entry exhibition which will take place at Pallant House Gallery (27 October 2012-3 February 2013).Since launching in 2006, Outside In has developed a number of exhibition and training opportunities including Step Up – which provides sector-based training through its Workshop Leaders, Research and Curating Programmes and a dedicated website which houses thousands of artworks by excluded artists.

For more information about Pallant House Gallery go to www.pallant.org.uk. For more information about Outside In go to www.outsidein.org.uk.

Outside In: London will be shown alongside a sculptural installation by Outside In artistJames Lake, Gold Run: Remix (3-9 September 2012) at the neighbouring Dilston Grove inspired by the history of the Paralympic Games. James is being mentored bySculptor Richard Wilson and Director, CGP London, Ron Henocq to create his installation. For more information please visit: www.goldrun.org.uk

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