Outside In: 2012 Award Winners Past

Photograph of the sculptures

Phil Baird

6 August – 1 September 2013

Cosmic Hat

Having been trained as an Outside In: Step Up workshop facilitator and then selected for both the Outside In: London and the Outside In: National exhibitions in 2012, Baird was chosen as a National Award Winner for his piece entitled ‘Cosmic Hat,’ with one of the prizes being a solo show at Pallant House Gallery.

Baird’s work combines imagination and observation, and he draws on a range of ideas and influences, including real life experiences and visual metaphors. ‘Simple Complex Drawings’ is a series of works that the artist began six years ago, which also formed the basis for his book of the same name. The series contains many of his visual metaphors, often with a nudge towards surrealist based landscape.

Kate Bradbury

5 November – 1 December 2013

Pallant House Gallery is pleased to announce: ‘Kate Bradbury: Squalls and Murmurations,’ the second exhibition in a series celebrating the six National Award Winners of Outside In: National 2012, a triennial competition for artists from the margins. 

Bradbury, who has no formal art education, is inspired by known and unknown artists, stage sets, archaeology, visions, inventions, and by music and song. She doesn’t make her work with an audience in mind; instead, she makes it because it needs to be made: “I get a picture of something in my head and then need to make it, to offload it and then I can think about something else. I get obsessed with an idea and try to see it through.”      

Jennifer Gilbert, Outside In Coordinator and curator of the exhibition says of Bradbury’s work: “The combination of two dimensional black and white dense yet delicate illustrations and her three dimensional creations made from found objects make it hard not to love this artist.”  

Nigel Kingsbury

7 January – 2 February 2014

Nigel Kingsbury is the third of the Outside In: National 2012 Award Winners to have their solo exhibition.

The fine, delicate portraits that Kingsbury produces depict women as mystical goddesses attired in glamorous ball gowns, decadent outfits and floating dresses. Each drawing is unique, sometimes from memory, but often inspired by women he knows or those in close proximity. 

Drawing virtually every day, Kingsbury has produced images of women since his twenties. When he was younger, he was inspired by the nurses during his time spent in hospital, and when home, he would source images by recording TV programmes and freeze framing selected figures to sketch. 

Manuel Bonifacio

29 April – 1 June 2014

5390 || 1923 || mermaid || £50 || 4000

Born in December 1947 near Lisbon, Portugal, Bonifacio pursued his interest in drawing and pottery after dropping out of school at the age of eight. His most recent collection of work, which features the award-winning ‘Mermaid’ and other pottery, is inspired by his passion for archaeology and animals. Bonifacio paints, draws, sculpts and makes at ArtVenture – a creative day centre for adults with learning difficulties.

Since his Award win, Bonifacio has exhibited in Birmingham and London and now has work in collections in Switzerland and New York. 

Matthew Sergison-Main

29 July – 24 August 2014

17044 || 1487 || Quircus Stompus ||  || 2255
Quircus Stompus

Drawing monsters and dreams as a child, Matthew never fails to be inspired by nature and the great outdoors. Keen on the Surrealists, most notably Max Ernst’s frottage pieces, he is fascinated by Mediaeval and gothic art, as well as the idea of a ‘momento mori’; a reminder of one’s mortality.

Much of his work arises from a spontaneous stream of consciousness, some of which is created by making random marks and allowing what the subconscious sees to become concrete. 

The exhibition offers a selection of Matthew’s iconic monochromatic pieces featuring imaginary landscapes and creatures.

Michelle Roberts

30 September – 26 October 2014

13502 || 3020 || Spanish Hoilday || £800 || 5659
Spanish Holiday

Michelle Roberts has drawn and painted throughout her life. As a young girl, she accompanied her grandfather; a watercolour painter who often worked outdoors. She has maintained this drive to make art, spending much of her free time drawing small, intricately worked images in her sketch books as well as ideas for the large canvases she produces in the Project Art Works studio; a pioneering visual arts venture for individuals with profound neurological impairments. 

In recent years, Michelle has refined a dense and highly personalised approach to making images. Working methodically across each canvas, section by section, she creates colourful and complex worlds; each with a distinct logic and meaning that connect to her own life. 

Exhibition Photos

Matthew Sergison-Main

Nigel Kingsbury

Kate Bradbury

Phil Baird

Manuel Bonifacio

Michelle Roberts