Outside In: Central is part of a national project based at Pallant House Gallery, which supports artists who find it difficult to access the art world. The goal of the project is to generate a ‘gentle revolution’ (Marc Steene, Pallant House Gallery) which will enable all who create to have their work seen and valued.
The exhibition at Compton Verney features work by sixteen artists selected by a panel from over 300 entries across ten counties in the central region: Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire, West Midlands, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Hereford and Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
The work on display gives a unique insight into the extraordinary breadth and vitality of work produced by individuals often with no formal artistic training. At its heart, the impact of Outside In and the values it carries are a liberating influence for both artists and audiences, allowing a broader discussion of what art is and a wider participation in the art world.
Six of these artists have also been invited to choose a work from Compton Verney’s important British Folk Art Collection to be displayed alongside their own. These six are: Natasha Boyd, Michael George, Mark James, Keith Pawley, Christopher Samuel and William James West. Often highlighting personal journeys and symbolic events in their lives, these choices have also opened up the Folk Art collection to new interpretation. The Folk Art Collection itself is testimony to the creative output of everyone and showcases the extraordinary talents of largely unknown and untrained individuals.
Included in collections and grounds admission.