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Inside the Outsiders’ Art World: Sue Steward traces its development


  Writer, critic and curator Sue Steward first came to Outsider Art through an exhibition of Haitian art where she met John Maizels, the publisher/editor of a magazine called Raw Vision. He explained how this art form stood outside the walls of the mainstream and that works were by self-taught people without art education, often  Continue Reading »


Posted on February 3, 2014 at 12:26 pm

KEEP LEARNING: If you’re still at school, where’s the visual arts sector?


Oliver Sumner reports on the state of the visual arts offer in education for young people living in the South East and finds that despite a tough financial climate a number of arts organisations have developed initiatives and strong new partnerships with local secondary schools.   By the educational standards of the 1970s and 80s,  Continue Reading »


Posted on January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

Public View: The Room and Everything in it at Cafe Gallery London / Project Art Works


For this month’s exhibition Public View and Photo Stroll, Frame and Reference visited Project Art Works‘ group show The Room and Everything in it at Dilston Grove, CGP London (14 Nov – 1 Dec 2013) just before it closed. The show is dedicated to the memory of two of the participants of the Tuesday Studios  Continue Reading »


Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

Simon Roberts’ photo project Pierdom captures piers past and present in the South East


SOUTHAMPTON ROYAL SPANS: Southampton Water DESIGN: Edward L Stephens CONSTRUCTION: – YEAR OPENED: 1833 ORIGINAL LENGTH: 275M PRESENT LENGTH: – FIRE: 1987 STORM DAMAGE: – RESTORATION: 1838, 1864, 1871, 1892, 1937, 1963, 1986 Once Southampton’s playground, the Royal Pier was an elegant city landmark. It was opened by Princess Victoria just prior to becoming Queen  Continue Reading »


Posted on October 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

A YEAR ON: Where Are They Now? Six Platform 2012 arts graduates reflect


Karolina Lebek, from her new series Resistance to Erasure. Photo courtesy of the artist   The years after finishing university are often challenging, especially today when recent graduates often have severe financial burdens and yet still need to develop their artistic practice. Frame and Reference asked some of those selected last year about their experiences  Continue Reading »


Posted on October 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Collaborations & Connections: artSOUTH under the spotlight


Mel Brimfield, sickness sale Mouth, generic sale 2013. Courtesy the artist and Ceri Hand Gallery.   With artSOUTH boasting 15 associated organisations working together to present newly-commissioned art works across the South East, unhealthy | writer Mark Sheerin finds that it is not only the arts organisations that are joining forces but that many of  Continue Reading »


Posted on October 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

Term Time: what exactly does the term “emerging artist” mean and is there a consensus?


East Sussex Open 2012, art work by Hermione Allsopp. Photo by Alison Bettles   If you want to confound a gallery professional, here’s a question which does the trick: “Could you define emerging artist?” Never mind that the phrase is a stock-in-trade of press releases and never mind the support which public galleries in the  Continue Reading »


Posted on September 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Working Internationally: no reputation without representation


Silentio Pathologia Installation, 2013. Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.   Dany Louise reports on the importance for visual artists’ professional career development of forging relationships with galleries and dealers.   The Venice Biennale is taking place and attention is inevitably turning towards what is still the most prestigious of mainstream international art events. To be selected to show  Continue Reading »


Posted on July 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

New Directions / Three South East gallery directors discuss future plans


The South East coast. Photo Miranda Gavin   In the past six months, three new directors have arrived at the South Coast’s major galleries. Dominic Smith reports on what lies ahead for the South East.   Towner in Eastbourne, Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill have all had management  Continue Reading »


Posted on June 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Public View: Pandora’s Box & Other Stories by Peter Groves / Isabel Blackman Centre


Perseus and Medusa, Peter Groves.   A painting by St Leonards-based artist Peter Groves, Perseus and Medusa, was removed from his recent exhibition, Pandora’s Box and Other Stories at the Isabel Blackman Centre and placed in a separate room. Two weeks later, it was reinstated after “further consideration”.   Perseus and Medusa painting and box,  Continue Reading »


Posted on June 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm