Pallant House Gallery have announced the winners to the Outside In: National 2012, the competition that invites submissions from artists who find it difficult to access the art world for a variety of reasons such as health, disability, social circumstances or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as “art”. They include an artist who has worked closely with Project Art Works and a professional sandwich seller who started out by making assemblages from personal belongings left behind in a run down house in North London and other who have made art living on what they call “the margins of society”.
Musicians by Michelle Roberts
The winners were announced at a prize-giving ceremony at the Gallery on Thursday 25 October. They were: Musicians by Michelle Roberts, The ones that I’ve been saving to make a feather bed by Kate Bradbury; Fukushima Conjuration by Matthew Sergison-Main, Woman by Nigel Kingsbury; Cosmic Hat by Phil Baird and Mermaid by Manuel Lanca Bonifacio.
Woman by Nigel Kingsbury
The triennial competition is part of the Outside In project. set up in 2006 by Pallant House Gallery to “create a fairer art world which rejects traditional value and institutional judgements about whose work can and should be displayed.” This is the first year in which any UK artist has been eligible to submit material.
The ones that I’ve been saving to make a feather bed by Kate Bradbury
Director of Pallant House Gallery and competition judge Stefan van Raay said: “I am really excited that Outside In has now gone national for the first time. As a judge I was dreading the fact that I had to pick out a few though actually we reached a consensus quite quickly. I know it is a cliché but everyone in this show is a winner and I am proud that we show this wealth of talent in the main exhibition spaces of the Gallery.”
The six prize-winning works were chosen by Art Historian Roger Cardinal, performance artist Bobby Baker and Stefan van Raay, from the 80 works selected for the Outside In: National exhibition.
Cosmic Hat by Phil Baird
Award winner Matthew Sergison-Main was selected for his work Fukushima Conjuration which depicts a nuclear power plant looming in the background while druid-like figures perform a menacing ritual in the foreground. “It is about man conjuring forces they cannot control,” says Sergison-Main .
Fukushima Conjuration by Matthew Sergison-Main
The winning artists include Michelle Roberts who has created a remarkable body of densely personal and intricately worked images in the Project Art Works studio, sandwich maker Kate Bradbury who began creating assemblages reusing the objects abandoned by tenants in the run down house she was living in in North London and Phil Baird, who has created a series of drawings over the last three years living often at the margins of society.
Top image: Mermaid by Manuel Lanca Bonifacio
Outside In: National is at Pallant House Gallery from 27 October 2012 – 3 February 2013