Founded by Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, in 2006 (and still based at the Gallery), Outside In provides a platform for artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. The goal of the project is to create a fairer art world which rejects traditional values and institutional judgements about whose work can and should be displayed.

Outside In’s main vehicle is a triennial open art exhibition, first held in 2007 and featuring 100 artists from across Sussex. By 2012, the project had gone national, growing significantly to engage more than 1,500 artists and 13,000 audience members. In 2013, we won the prestigious Charity Award in the Arts, Culture, and Heritage category.

Since its inception, Outside In has engaged more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, 240,000 audience members and 80 partner organisations nationally. We have held over 30 exhibitions and currently support 2,000 artists. Outside In is now able to offer an increasingly international platform for the artists it supports, having taken part in the 2014 Paris Outsider Art Fair, and being on the board of the European Outsider Art Association.

The project also runs Outside In: Step Up; a programme providing training for artists who align themselves with the project. Artists on the programme have the opportunity to be trained to lead workshops and to carry out research (which currently happens with the collections at Pallant House Gallery).

Additionally, Outside In provides training for organisations on best practice when working with individuals and groups facing barriers to the mainstream art world. This includes equipping participants with skills relating to disability and equality awareness. If you are interested in finding out more about this kind of training, please contact us.