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Outside In

Outside In [advertisement, Aug 2010]
19 June – 12 September 2010

Outside In - Hastings Museum exhibition

Outside In – Hastings Museum exhibition

In partnership with Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to present…Outside In, an exhibition showcasing the work of prize-winning outsider and marginalised artists. Since the early 20th Century, the terms Art Brut or Outsider Art have been employed to describe individuals who produce art from the edges of society. Typically having little or no contact with the institutions of the mainstream art world, they rarely receive any formal recognition, despite the often highly personal and idiosyncratic characteristics of their artwork.

Outside In is a ground-breaking project which was set up by Pallant House Gallery in 2006 in an effort to invite debate on the often overlooked subject of outsider art by providing a platform for artists who are marginalised due to health, disability or because their work does not fit a prescribed norm.

A spokesperson for Outside In said: ‘The goal of the project is to create a level playing field that enables access to the art world for all who create, however intuitively or unknowingly, and no matter how obscure. The challenge we are embracing is to reconsider how we define who is and is not an artist and what is and is not artwork in order to change attitudes in the mainstream art world…’

The response to the first exhibition in 2007 was overwhelmingly positive. This exhibition was first open to artists just living in Sussex but has been widened to encompass the whole of the South of England. By 2011 the aim is to make the project national to create a much-needed platform for work in this field to be seen and valued.

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