New Dialogues

One of four exhibitions is ‘Looking to the Light’ at Glenside Hospital Museum until 29th January 2023

New Dialogues has been a nationwide, two year-project, made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which saw Outside In work with Glenside Hospital Museum (Bristol), Glasgow Life Museums (Glasgow), and the Mental Health Museum (Wakefield). It has comprised of a programme of nine courses designed to equip artists with skills in research, interpretation and curation. The courses have resulted in four fascinating exhibitions showcasing works from the collections alongside responses created by participating artists, including a virtual exhibition: take a look.

Each of the partner organisations hold a unique collection of objects and artworks that relate in some way to the history of mental health and mental health treatment, with each participating artist responding creatively to a theme or object that resonates with their own lived experience. The project is part of Outside In’s ongoing work around raising the profile of artwork created by patients of psychiatric hospitals which was developed in 2014 by Outside In and its involvement in a multi partner project focussing on the history of the former West Sussex County Asylum.

Marc Steene, Outside In’s founder and director, said: “The premise has always been to enable artists with lived experiences to be seen as integral to any research or conversation associated with collections of artwork produced in hospital and health settings. I have been moved by the courage and bravery of all the artists that have been involved in this work, they are the experts in this field and their research and responses are equal to and often more meaningful than any academic or medical interpretation.”

“This has been a really exciting and ambitious project,” said Kate Davey, Outside In’s Step Up Training Manager. “Each artist has chosen an area of interest or resonance, embarking on a personal journey of exploration resulting in this fascinating exhibition of artwork, highlighting the breadth and range of creative responses inspired by the collections”.

Outside In is a catalyst for change.

The charity provides platforms for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.

Through artist development, exhibitions and professional training it works to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities and influencing organisations.

Founded in 2006 at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, it has gone on to become an independent charity gaining National Portfolio Organisation status with Arts Council England.

Outside In hosts the National, its own landmark exhibition, every two years, as well as an inspiring rolling programme of events, support, opportunities and training.

A lot of the charity’s work is also achieved by working with brilliant partners and from its regional hubs, currently based in the Midlands and Manchester.

There are now more than 4,000 artists with their own galleries on the charity’s website which also hosts all the latest news, interviews, videos and a virtual gallery as well as the new Outside In magazine and filmed content.

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