Outside In shortlisted for Charity Awards 2013. Image Gill Lampe Miss Madelaine courtesy Pallant House Gallery

 

Pallant House Gallery’s pioneering project Outside In aimed at those facing barriers to the art world has been shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2013. The winners will be announced at a winner’s presentation gala on 13 June.

 

Outside In provides a platform for artists traditionally excluded from the art world due to ill health, disability, social circumstance, or because their art does not conform to what is considered to be art, and has been shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category alongside just two other charities. Marc Steene, Deputy Director at Pallant House Gallery and founder of Outside In said: “Pallant House Gallery is absolutely delighted that its flagship project Outside In has been recognised by the Charity Awards. The project has been in existence since 2006 and is finally getting the recognition it deserves.”

 

The Charity Awards is the highest profile event in the charity calendar and is sponsored by the Charities Aid Foundation. All 30 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders, using its ‘Ten Hallmarks of Excellence‘, as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.

 

In 2007, the first Outside In exhibition featured work by 100 artists from across Sussex while last year the 2012 exhibition went national and reached more than 1,500 artists and 10,000 audience members. More than 1,600 artists have created an online gallery with over 6,000 visits a month. As well as promoting the artists’ work to a larger audience, sharing their work online boosts their confidence and self-esteem. A total of 34 ‘Surgery Days’ have been held for free at partner venues across the country helping 338 artists build online galleries to showcase their work.

 
Outside In now works with 54 partner organisations ranging from national galleries to community groups to deliver training and workshops. The Outside In: Step Up programme is a subsidiary of the charity, and trains artists facing barriers to research and deliver workshops, equipping them with numerous transferable skills.