Hello one and all
I thought I’d begin by including some information and images of my highlights of 2014 with regards to projects I did with my job at Outside In.
In September 2014, I organised The Inner Self exhibition at CGP London – This exhibition showcased seven artists living within Greater London, whose black and white works were around the theme of drawings from the subconscious. Alongside this I organised an exhibition of works by acclaimed Outsider Artist Nick Blinko – you can find more information about him here. Below are some images of the exhibition.
Following this, one artist was selected from this exhibition to have a solo show at the Julian Hartnoll Gallery, London and that artist was Nigel Kingsbury. Nigel was selected to have this show by a Curator from the Julian Hartnoll Gallery called Vivienne Roberts. His delicate black and white renderings of women have all been created at the art group that he attends in London called Action Space. Again here are some images of his beautiful drawings. I can also claim to say that Nigel has drawn a magical drawing of me when I sat and posed for him and it is hanging gracefully in my house now!
In October, Outside In was invited to have a room at the Outsider Art Fair in Paris for the first time. Being able to meet like-minded organisations and artists from all over the world was just fantastic and such great exposure for the project too. The four artists works that we chose to represent in the space were: Kate Bradbury, Jan Arden, Manuel Bonifacio and Chaz Waldren. Manuel’s work was also snapped up by the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, which was a very exciting moment whilst in Paris! Unfortunately the project does not have the funds to go to the New York Outsider Art Fair, but Manuel’s work will be found on the Henry Boxer Gallery stand.
Coming on to what is happening in 2015 …
The ever so wonderful Sue Kreitzman has created what can only be described as a colourful explosion of her art in one of the windows of Selfridges on Oxford Street as part of their Bright Old Things exhibition which opens today in fact. Not only will you see her art in the window, bu it is dotted around the store and their are some items available featuring her artwork in the associated pop up shop! Here’s a sneak peak of her window! The Bright Old Things window installations feature 14 creatives ranging from their 40s until their 80s, who all have had successful careers but changed to do something else later in life – get along to see all 14!
The Nunnery Gallery in Bow, following on from their three Madge Gill exhibitions a while back, have come out and announced they are to have an exhibition titled Boo Bah by the artist Mary Barnes. Mary stayed in Kingsley Hall, East London, from 1965 onwards following a breakdown and a diagnosis of schizophrenia. This exhibition mainly features the works from Dr Joseph Berke’s collection – Joseph was her therapist whilst she was at Kingsley Hall. This exhibition opens on 16th January until 29th March 2015.
If you happen to be in New York from 29th January until 1 February, get yourself along to Centre 548 where the Outsider Art Fair will be held. As mentioned above, the playful drawings of Manuel Bonifacio will be shown on the stand of the Henry Boxer Gallery and will all be for sale so get your pennies out!
Again if you happen to be passing Chicago, there’s what looks like a fantastic retrospective opening of the work of Mr Imagination. And what I like most about this is that there is a workshop that you can attend whilst the exhibition is on, where you can create your own Mr. or Mrs. Paintbrush head – simply genius if you ask me!
Finally, for those of us back in England … something to look forward to in the Summer is an exhibition by Nek Chand that will be arriving at Pallant House Gallery. Watch this space for more information.
Happy New Year everyone .. more updates to come soon …