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My Interpretation by Peter Andrews

Outside In

Outside In is delighted to have been a part of the Sync South East leadership programme. Participating in the Sync programme was a key point in our development. It has enabled us to evolve as an organisation and encouraged us to continue develop how we challenge the many barriers that face artists and to create a level playing field for all creators whatever their situation

Carlo Keshishian, Picture Worth a Thousand Words.

Set up by Pallant House Gallery in 2006, Outside In offers opportunities to artists who find it difficult to access the art world, whether due to disability, health, social circumstance or art process. The artists involved in this unique project are commonly found working in isolation, frequently with a disability and/or mental health problems. We’ve held two hugely successful open art competitions in 2007 and 2009 and are currently gearing up for the summer launch of our third, Outside In 2012.

In Awe by David Jones

The project is trying to create a level playing field where access to the art world is possible for all who create. Our aim is not to turn people into artists, but to challenge the art world to embrace and make itself accessible to a wider range of individuals and ways of making.

The main vehicles for Outside In are a national open art competition, a dedicated website with artists controlled online galleries, a gallery in Brighton and Step Up - a training and professional development programme.

Works entered for the national open art competition are selected for national and regional exhibitions by a panel of selectors. A series of awards are presented to winners with the opportunity to have a solo exhibition at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.

The dedicated Outside In website offers artists a presence within an extensive online gallery – www.outsidein.org.uk. This enables artists who find it difficult to access the art world to have their work shown on an international digital platform.

Another integral part of Outside In is Step Up, a training and professional development programme which enables artists involved in Outside In to develop their skills and confidence in curating, workshop leading and research.

Swallow by Danielle Hodson

This includes creation of Step Up workshop packs that explore the lives, techniques and untold stories of artists and artworks within Pallant House Gallery’s collection.

Pallant House Gallery, the host of Outside In, was the winner of the Gulbenkian Prize, Museum of the Year in 2007. Pallant House Gallery has an exemplary learning and community programme with inclusion at its heart. The Gallery houses one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the country.

For more information on Outside In please visit www.outsidein.org.uk , or email outsidein@pallant.org.uk

The images are of the award winning works from 2009:

My Interpretation by Peter Andrews

Picture Worth a Thousand Words by Carlo Keshishian

In Awe by David Jones

Swallow by Danielle Hodson

a blank cardboard box 'house' on the floor by someone's foot.


For their Syncscape, Outside In created a model - a seemingly bland and boring box that opened to reveal a hidden and beautiful garden - complete with pond and cat - reminding us all to look beyond our assumptions.

The inside of the box showing a garden complete with mozaic pond and cat.