Cosmic Hat by Phil Baird, one of six Outside In: National award winners. Work from his series Simple Complex Drawings will be on show from 6 Aug-8 Sept in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery.Photo courtesy of Pallant House Gallery.


Pallant House Gallery’s pioneering project Outside In, aimed at those facing barriers to the art world, has won the Charity Awards 2013.


Outside In was shortlisted from hundreds of entries in the Arts, Culture and Heritage category, beating stiff competition from The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and The Reading Agency to become the overall winner of the category. Daniel Phelan, organiser of The Charity Awards commented: “The Charity Awards programme recognises the exceptional work that takes place within the voluntary sector and the dramatic effects that charities have on a wide spectrum of social needs.  It’s vital that we acknowledge the work these organisations do, which is why I’m delighted Pallant House Gallery won their category.  They beat off very stiff competition for this prestigious prize and should be enormously proud. I congratulate everyone involved.”


L-R: Sharon Horgan, Marc Steene (Deputy Director Pallant House Gallery), Gregory Perry (Director Pallant House Gallery), Richard Weaver (from haysmacintyre)


The award was presented to Gregory Perry, Director of Pallant House Gallery and Marc Steene, Deputy Director of Pallant House Gallery, and founder of Outside In, by actress, writer and comedian, Sharon Horgan in front of a 700-strong audience at the Grosvenor House Hotel last night. Marc Steene, Deputy Director at Pallant House Gallery, and founder of Outside In, said: “Winning the Charity Awards is a massive endorsement for the Gallery, Outside In and all the artists and organisations that have worked with us, a huge thank you to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation who had the vision and faith to support Outside In from its small beginnings to where it is today.”


Outside In was established in 2006 to provide a platform for artists who are traditionally excluded from the art world due to health, disability, social circumstances or because their art does not conform to what is considered art. Its main vehicle is a triennial open art exhibition which was first held in 2007 and featured 100 artists from across Sussex. By 2012 the project had grown significantly and engaged more than 1,500 artists and 10,000 audience members.


Through the project’s website, more than 1,600 artists have been able to create an online gallery, with more than 6,000 people visiting the site each month. In addition to promoting the artists’ work to a larger audience, sharing their work online boosts their confidence and self-esteem. So far 34 ‘Surgery Days’ have been held for free at partner venues across the country, and the project has helped 338 artists build online galleries as a result of these days. Outside In now works with 54 partner organisations, ranging from national galleries to community groups, to deliver training and workshops.


Winning charities and categories:

Arts, culture and heritage (Pallant House Gallery)

Advice, support and advocacy (Reprieve)

Children and youth (Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade)

Disability (Livability)

Education and training (Sue Ryder)

Environment and conservation (The Woodland Trust)

Grantmaking and funding (Trust for London)

Healthcare and medical research (Alliance for Rabies Control)

International aid and development (Promoting Equality in African Schools)

Social care and welfare (Age Concern , Kingston upon Thames)