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Drawing of a blackbird by Marc Steene

Marc Steene

"I feel incredibly pleased and lucky to have been given this opportunity and I am sure it will lead me to reflect and develop in both my professional and personal life. There are many challenges that I have to address in my recent promotion as a leader and manager and I feel that I have a responsibility to both myself and the people I manage to learn and improve my practice."

I am currently the Head of Learning at Pallant House Gallery and have been employed at the Gallery for eight years, initially as an Outreach Officer. I am an artist and trained as such at Bath Academy of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. In my late twenties I had a period of clinical depression that had a profound effect on my life. I believe passionately in challenging barriers that I perceive in the art world and society, I see my work as enabling peoples creativity and developing opportunity for everyone who wants to take part in the cultural life of this country.

Please look at www.outsidein.org.uk to see a project that best epitomises what I believe in.
The cover of the Big Issue featuring Outside In

Marc's journey

The six months have been an incredibly challenging, stressful and ultimately rewarding time for me professionally. An idea conceived many years ago reached its fruition in the Outside In exhibition held in the main Gallery spaces at Pallant House Gallery. My experience of working in care settings had shown me that there are many creative people who live lives of creative neglect and abuse, their work often destroyed and ignored. This experience began the process that eventually led to the setting up of Outside In.

Outside In worked with 1000 marginalised artists in total, 26 organisations and received over 800 submissions. The numbers do not tell the whole story but do give a sense of the scale and impact of the project, we have recently completed the evaluation which provides some amazing data and also highlights the challenges and lessons we need to learn from in order to deliver an even better project in 2012.

One of the great successes of the project was getting on the cover of the Big Issue!

A review of Outside In written by Colin Hambrook for Disability Arts Online