CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS: Redefining Outsider Art

REDEFINING OUTSIDER ART: LOOKING AT LANGUAGE AN ONLINE EXHIBITION LOOKING AT THE TERM OUTSIDER ART AND WHAT IT MEANS IN THE 21ST CENTURY Call out for submissions to an online exhibition focusing on the term outsider art and what it means to YOU as an artist. kdoutsiderart.com regularly focuses on the ambiguities of the term outsider … Continue reading CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS: Redefining Outsider Art

The Story of Art: our collective history

I feel like I haven’t written a longer piece on outsider art and its accompanying tensions in a long time. A visit to the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester – part of a team day out in my final weeks working for Outside In - took me back four years to the research I was conducting … Continue reading The Story of Art: our collective history

The ‘S’ Word: can the arts reduce mental health stigma?

In the UK – despite much progress since the abolition of large psychiatric hospitals and a significant increase in care in the community – stigma surrounding mental health issues is still an incredibly prominent issue. The Mental Health Foundation notes that “people with mental health problems say that the social stigma attached to mental ill … Continue reading The ‘S’ Word: can the arts reduce mental health stigma?

Brian Gibson: Fessing Up

Featured image: Agnes Richter, needlepoint jacket [notmodernart.tumblr.com] Following Brian Gibson's fantastic previous post, entitled 'What does it mean to be an Outsider?', he has written again for kdoutsiderart. This time, focusing on 'confessional' art. Here, her discusses whether artists who have experienced trauma or health issues feel 'obliged' to create art that is overtly confessional? … Continue reading Brian Gibson: Fessing Up

Taxonomy: The Problems of Categorisation

Above image: Bill Traylor, Brown Mule, 1939 (source: http://www.petulloartcollection.org) "Categorisation is something that we do naturally and unconsciously every day. We recognise one animal as a cat and another as a dog. We organise objects in the world around us in ways that reflect these categories. In our kitchens, we keep baking trays with other baking … Continue reading Taxonomy: The Problems of Categorisation