Kindred Spirits is the third exhibition in the Jerwood Collection’s year-long residency at The Harley Gallery.

This exhibition will show Outsider Art made by UK artists, offering a fascinating insight into the genre’s impact on the story of modern British Art. It has been curated by Outside In, an organisation that provides a platform for artists who face barriers due to health, disability or social circumstance.

Kindred Spirits presents a unique opportunity to see both the Jerwood and Outside In Collections united for the first time. The show highlights the private and deeply personal connections which can exist between people and works of art as ‘kindred spirits.’

The Jerwood Collection contains works by, in the main, 20th c. artists (often men).  These artists are now establishment figures, seen in museums and galleries and lauded for their achievements.  By contrast Outside In’s Collection shows the work of contemporary artists who are not recognised by the established art world and who, in the majority of cases, have not had an art training or background.

Works from the two collections are shown side-by-side, selected by five Artist Curators from Outside In.  Their aim was simple:  to show visitors how artists use creativity to escape the everyday emotions of pain and grief and to show how creativity can help us process our thoughts and emotions, however difficult.

This exhibition is the result of our first Curating Course, which has been designed to support a wider diversity of curators. It champions new voices and, in doing so, aims to break the traditional mould of organising and delivering exhibitions.
Our artists have explored and researched both the Jerwood and Outside In collections, finding their own dialogues and stories. This has enabled a human and lived experience to shape the exhibition, rather than a curatorial or art historical narrative. This may seem a small step, but I feel it is very significant one as it is about letting go of control and trusting to others.
Marc Steene, Director, Outside In

The exhibition includes art from The Jerwood Collection, by:

John Banting, John Bratby, Jeffrey Camp, Eileen Cooper, Alan Davie, John Davies, Chantal Joffe, Fiona Rae, Paula Rego, Paule Vezelay, Barbara Walker, Gillian Ayres, Wilfred Avery, Gerald Brockhurst, Dora Carrington, Halima Cassell, Roger Colquhoun, Sir Jacob Epstein, Mark Gertler, Angela Gill, Roger Hilton, Peter Howson, John Hoyland, Hayoung Kim, Lisa Milroy, Katie Pratt, Anita Taylor, Keith Vaughan, Rose Wylie.

With art from The Outside In Collection, by:

Chaz Waldren, John Sheehy, Laila Kassab, Dannielle Hodson, Andy Hood, Greg Bromley, Stephen White, David Jones, Andre Robillard, Cecilia Montague, Valerie Potter, Anthony Stevens, Trudi Beavan, Joanna Simpson, Friedrich Nagler, Ben Wilson, James Lake, Drew Fox, Koji Nishioka, Nigel Kingsbury, Jasna Nikolic, Yvonne Foster, Manuel Bonifacio, James Gladwell,  Pat Morgan, Peter Cutts, John Hogan, James Lake, Tyrome H Jordan.

About Outside In

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.

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 podcasts. Twitter: @Outsidein_Uk Facebook: Instagram: @Outsidein_uk

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