AN INNOVATIVE project aimed at those facing barriers to the art world has been recognised at the highest profile event in the charity calendar.
Pallant House Gallery’s Outside In won the Charity Awards 2013.
Outside In faced stiff competition in its category from The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and The Reading Agency to win its category – arts, culture and heritage.
Marc Steene, deputy director at Pallant House Gallery and founder of Outside In, was thrilled with the accolade.
“Winning the Charity Awards is a massive endorsement for the gallery, Outside In and all the artists and organisations that have worked with us,” he said.
“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 or social circumstances, or because their work does not conform what is traditionally considered art.
The award was presented to Gregory Perry, director of Pallant House Gallery, and Marc by actress, comedian and writer Sharon Horgan.
Daniel Phelan, organiser of the awards, said: “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.”
The triennial open art exhibition held by Outside In was first held in 2007, featuring 100 artists from Sussex and has grown significantly to feature more than 1,500 artists in the 2012 exhibition.
Through the project’s website, over 1,600 artists have been able to create online galleries which both promote the artists’ work to a larger audience and boosts their confidence and self-esteem.
The gong is the latest of numerous accolades awarded to Pallant House Gallery. Outside In is part of the Learning and Community Programme, which has also been recognised by The Adapt Award for Excellence in Access and the Museums and Heritage Awards for its innovative Partners in Art scheme.