Outside In was founded in 2006 by Marc Steene at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex. Its aim then, as it is now, was to provide a platform for artists who face a significant barrier to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstances or isolation. In 2013, Outside In won the Charity Award in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category. In 2016, Outside In became an independent charity in its own right and in 2017 it joined the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. Since its inception, Outside In has engaged with more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, reached a quarter of a million audience members and gained more than 80 partner organisations nationally.
Outside In has held more than 50 exhibitions to date and now provides opportunities for more than 2,600 artists to showcase their work. As well as providing support for artists, Outside In has created a programme of professional Step Up training ranging from interpreting collections to public speaking and curation. In the next three years, Outside In will seek to create a national platform to support the delivery of its programmes. It will do this through working in partnership with key strategic arts organisations across the UK to act as hubs of activity and support. Outside In is currently funded by Arts Council England, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Roddick Foundation, the Schroder Foundation and is supported by the George Dannatt Trust.
Marc Steene, founder and director of Outside In, said: “Outside In is delighted to be an official partner of the 2019 Ruth Borchard biennial self-portrait prize. Working together, we will be able to support and include many talented but overlooked artists in our communities taking part in this prestigious event.”
To find out more please visit the Outside In website.