Outsider Craft will showcase UK creativity by artists who define themselves as facing barriers to the art world. Submissions for the open call out are invited from UK-based artists whose work is three or two dimensional and centres around craft processes.
The particular focus of this exhibition is to explore the imagination and creativity of those facing barriers to the art world from the perspective of craft, making, materiality and tacit skill. Through an open selection process it is hoped the curators will showcase extraordinary and perhaps unseen work that reflects the vision and experiences of artists who align themselves with Outside In.
Founded by Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, in 2006 (and still based at the Gallery), Outside In provides a platform for those 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.
Outsider Craft combines Outside In’s fourth triennial open art exhibition and Craftspace’s touring exhibitions programme which reflects developments in craft. The works selected through this open call out will be displayed alongside pieces by historically renowned and invited contemporary Outsider and self-taught artists.
This major exhibition, co-curated by Laura Hamilton, will launch at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, from 12 March to 12 June 2016, followed by a national UK tour.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 October 2015.
For more information and details of how to apply, please visit the Outside In website.
For more information about Craftspace, please visit their website.