Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for our Step Up:

Only a few days left to apply to our Step Up: Interpreting Collections course

Step Up: Interpreting Collections is Outside In’s training and professional development programme that provides participants with the skills to research and interpret works of art. This year the course will take place at the prestigious Wellcome Collection again. In this email you will learn more about Step Up and what the programme offers.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, this Friday 2nd March.

To apply, you need to complete a short application form. For more information and to download a form, see here.

Outside In

The Artist’s Voice: the European Outsider Art Association Conference 2018

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 4th – 6th May 2018


From 4th – 6th May 2018, Outside In is hosting the European Outsider Art Association Conference at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. This year’s conference focuses on the Artist’s Voice, celebrating the work of excluded and non-traditional artists and sharing best practice in the field through a series of presentations, key note speeches, and workshops delivered by artists and practitioners. The key note speech to open the conference on the Friday evening will be given by multi-disciplinary artist Bobby Baker, who created the touring exhibition Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me 1997 – 2008, and was commissioned as part of the London 2012 Unlimited project for the Cultural Olympiad.  


Presenters at the conference include the Living Museum (the Netherlands), Out by Art (Sweden), Venture Arts (UK), Joy of Sound (UK), and Look Kloser (UK). Panel discussions will focus on supporting the artist’s voice and exhibiting the artist’s voice, and panellists will include Garvald Artists (Scotland), Headway East London (UK), Arts Project Australia (Australia), Blue Circus (Finland), Creahm/MadMusee (Belgium), and Creative Minds (UK).


Tickets are priced at £150 for the full weekend. There are options to add on a dinner at Pallant House Gallery following the key note speech on the Friday, and you can join us for a VIP programme in the days leading up to the conference for an additional £75.


For more information and to book, please visit:

Outside In and Pallant House Gallery

Art Co-commission Opportunity!

Outside In and Pallant House Gallery are offering an exciting opportunity for Outside In artists to submit proposals for a co-commission responding to the work of artist Scottie Wilson. The successful artist or artists will be commissioned to create artwork that will be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery alongside Scottie Wilson’s work from the Gallery’s permanent collection in May 2018. The successful artist or artists will receive £4,000 for the commission.

About the commission

This commission is open to all Outside In artists based in the UK. The final work should be primarily new work or it can be existing work which can be displayed in a new way. We are also open to proposals from artists wishing to work collaboratively on the commission.

We encourage artists to explore whichever aspects of Scottie Wilson’s work are particularly interesting or meaningful to them. This could be the way he creates his work compulsively, his themes of ‘greedies’ or ‘evils’, or the imaginative worlds he has created using different animals, nature and faces (see below for more information on Scottie Wilson). We encourage all art forms for the proposal, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installation.

The commission will be exhibited at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester in Room 6, alongside work by Scottie Wilson from Pallant House Gallery’s permanent collection. To view works by Scottie Wilson, you can look at this web page:

The successful artist(s) will receive £4,000 for the commission to cover the cost of their materials, travel, and time. Outside In are able to provide support with managing this budget if needed.

There will be 8 weeks available to create the commission. The successful artist(s) will also be appointed a mentor who can provide support during the making time. 

To receive an application form and information pack, book a place on an Artist Support Day, or find out more about the co-commission, please contact Hannah Whitlock, Outside In Artist Development Coordinator, either by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01243 770845.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 9th February 2018 

Gallery visits for shortlisted artists: week commencing 19th February 2018

Exhibition opening date: 2nd May – 29th July 2018, opening night to be confirmed

More information

Artists Support Day

Outside InDisability Arts Cymru are hosting an Outside In Artists Support Day

It offers a free one-to-one session to create or update your Outside In gallery page.


Founded by pallant House in 2006, Outside In provides a platform for artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstances or isolation.

Artists who meet the Outside In criteria can get help to create an online gallery. During a one-to-one session we can support you to: photograph your artwork, write your artist statement and sign up for an online gallery.

Date: wednesday 15th March

Time 10-3.30pm

Address: Disability Arts Cymru, Sbectrwm (Unit 7), Bwlch Road, Fairwater, Cardiff, CF5 3EF

To book your one hour sseesion please contact Hannah Whitlock, The Outside In Coordinator

Call: 01243 770 845 or email: [email protected]



Outside In Online Shop

Purchase a great piece of art straight from our website

Outside InOutside In is delighted to announce the launch of its new online shop. Featuring original works selected by the Outside In team and other invited guests, as well as numerous pieces by artists with galleries on the website, the online shop is the place to discover and invest in fantastic art for yourself, friends or family.

On top of work for sale by the 2,000 artists who have galleries on the website, the Outside In ‘Features’ section will be updated every three months, with new specially selected works for you to choose from.

Additionally, buying work from the online shop greatly increases the confidence and self-esteem of the artists who choose to align themselves with the project, often encouraging them to carry on creating work, and the small commission taken by Outside In helps the project to continue its important work.

A free original art work for the first five buyers….

The first five people who make a purchase on the Online Shop will receive an original A4 drawing by award winning Outside In artist Manuel Bonifacio.

To visit the Online Shop please visit   email: [email protected]  tel: 01243 770 846

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Artists would love to hear what you think about their work

Post a comment and make their day!

Outside InVisit the Artists section of our website and if you feel inspired, provoked or interested by an artist’s work, then why not post a comment? All comments are fed back to the artists by Outside In, and often this has inspired people to do more art or feel more positive.

To make a comment – Select an artist and open their online gallery. At the bottom of the page is a section where comments can be made. If you need any help please get in touch.

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Outside In is an arts agency …

Have a look at the Web Site

Outside In art galleryOutside In is an arts agency providing a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world either because of mental health issues, disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art.

Outside In is based within Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex. Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of an historic Queen Anne townhouse and contemporary extension. The Gallery houses one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the country. Widely acclaimed for its innovative temporary exhibitions and exemplary Learning and Community Programme which has inclusion at its heart, the Gallery has won numerous awards since re-opening in 2006.

Outside In has no set creative criteria, boundary in art process or limit on subject for the artists that choose to align themselves with the project. There is no restriction for creating an online gallery or entering Outside In competitions for content, process or size!

What does Outside In offer?

  • A community of like-minded artists
  • Opportunities to have an online presence
  • The chance to take part in National art competitions and exhibitions
  • Information, advice and support to develop as an artist

Please see the ‘Get involved’ section on how to join up to Outside In as an artist, either online ( or through a paper application form.

If you just want to join the mailing list, if you go back to the ‘home’ page then there is a link to follow for this here.