Grayson Perry, Cathie Pilkington and others named as judges for major London exhibition of ‘Outsider Art’

“My hopes for the Outside In exhibition are that I’ll find an undiscovered genius who has a sophisticated aesthetic teamed with a raw vision of the world!”

Those are the words of Grayson Perry who has been announced as one of the judges for a major new exhibition set to open at Kings Place, London, this autumn (October 28- January 1 2020)

Artist and Outside In exhibition selector James Lake. Image: Courtesy of the artist.

Environments is the 2019 national exhibition by award-winning arts charity Outside In (based in Sussex) and will showcase the work of up to 80 artists who identify as facing barriers to the art world.

Grayson Perry will be joined as a judge by artist Cathie Pilkington RA and Robert Travers director and founder of Piano Nobile Gallery, the central London gallery where the exhibition takes place. The trio will select three winners from the exhibiting artists, with the first getting a solo exhibition at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, and the second and third funds for art materials. The winners will be announced at the exhibition private view on 8 November where judges will be present.

Submissions are still open for artists to be part of Environments until 19th August 2019. The theme is an opportunity for artists to explore their own perspectives on space, place and location. Inspiration could come from artists’ immediate environment; such as the city or the countryside, the impact of climate change locally or globally, or ideas about what future environments might look like, or how they might be experienced. The task of selecting the exhibiting artists will fall to Outside In artist James Lake, sculptor Laura Ford and charity ActionSpace director Sheryl Catto.

Environments will be the fifth national art exhibition held by Outside In, but it’s first as an independent charity, which founder and director Marc Steene says makes it feel even more like a celebration.

“Over the years, Outside In nationals have established a reputation for presenting pioneering, thought provoking and inspirational artwork and to be able to combine that with the prestigious setting of Piano Nobile Gallery, Kings Place, is sure to result in another ground-breaking exhibition.”

Marc adds,

“This opportunity has a proven record of having changed lives – and that is not only true of the people who get to showcase their incredible talent and be seen – but also for the audiences who get to experience such a unique offering. In this case the exhibition will not only provide a chance to challenge their own preconceptions of art but get a fresh perspective on the environments in which we live too.”

Artist submissions:
The theme of Environments is an opportunity for artists to explore their own perspectives on space, place and location. Inspiration could come from artists’ immediate environment; such as the city or the countryside, the impact of climate change locally or globally, or ideas about what future environments might look like, or how they might be experienced.
Artists can submit up to four pieces of work to the exhibition via www.outsidein.org.uk, with a deadline of 19th August 2019.
Entrants must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland and meet Outside In’s criteria for support.

Outside In: Environments (28 October 2019 – 1 January 2020) Piano Nobile Gallery, Kings Place, London, 90 York Way, N1 9AG.

About Outside In
Outside In is a catalyst for change. Founded in 2006, it is now an established national charity that aims to provide a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation.
Outside In’s work covers three main areas: Artist development, exhibitions and training. These activities, supported by fundraising and communications, all aim to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities and educating organisations.
Since its inception, Outside In has engaged with more than 5,000 artists traditionally excluded from the mainstream art world, reached a quarter of a million audience members and gained more than 80 partner organisations nationally. It has held more than 50 exhibitions to date and now provides opportunities and support for more than 2,600 artists.

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