Madge Gill co-commission 2020: Meet the selectors

With a week to go until the deadline for submissions to the Madge Gill Co-commission, Outside In and Pallant House Gallery are excited to announce the four experts and artists who will be making up the selectors panel.

Simon Martin, director of Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, one of the leading modern art museums in the UK.

Simon received his BA from the University of Warwick and MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has curated many exhibitions and written widely on Modern British and contemporary art, including catalogues and monographs on the artists Edward Burra, Gluck, Mark Hearld, John Minton, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Piper, Colin Self, Clare Woods, amongst others, and thematic books such as Conflict and Conscience: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War and The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920-1950. A Trustee of the Charleston Trust, he also serves on the Fabric Advisory Committee of Chichester Cathedral; the Courtauld Association Committee; and the Advisory Board of Apollo Magazine. He was formerly a Trustee of House Biennial (2012-18); International Art Advisor to the Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japan and he served on the Special Collections, Library and Archive Committee of the University of Chichester (2010-18).

Simon said: “We are delighted to support Outside In once again with our biannual co-commission.

“The standard of applications to our last co-commission in 2018 was very high and I look forward to seeing how artists respond to the work of Madge Gill.

“One of Pallant House Gallery’s core missions to tell the full story of British art from 1900 to now and working together with Outside In means we can gives artists who face barriers to the traditional art world a platform to showcase their art and tell their story.”

Simon Martin – Director of Pallant House Gallery photographed by Alun Callender

Sam Lackey, head of collection and exhibitions at the Whitworth, the University of Manchester.

Prior to her current role, Sam was part of the team that opened The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in 2011.

She has curated numerous exhibitions including projects with Linder, Susan Hefuna, Steve McQueen and her first exhibition Subversive Spaces: Surrealism and Contemporary Art.

Sam said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the applications for the Outside In commission opportunity.

“Madge Gill was an amazing artist – we have many of her works in the Whitworth’s collection – and she was also heralded by the Surrealists, who were amazed by her automatic drawings. It will be brilliant to see how other artists respond to her work now.”

Sam Lackey

Liam Ashworth, a digital artist who has been supported by Venture Arts for the past five years.

Liam’s work is inspired by his love of food, music and the world around him. His work, which has been shown in various galleries across Manchester, always has elements of humour and Liam says that his main aim is to make people smile or laugh.
Liam’s most recent exhibition was The Manchester Open at HOME, Manchester, from January to March 2020. In addition to showing his digital photography and light drawing piece ‘Stir Fry’, he also co-led the first tour of the Manchester Open with fellow Venture Arts artist Dominic Bennett.
As well as being a very active member of Venture Arts steering group, Liam has represented Venture Arts on numerous occasions at conferences and events, works as a Venture Arts learning mentor co-facilitating art workshops in schools and was also chosen to judge the Create! Art for Autism competition.
Liam is also a regular volunteer at HOME and has also completed voluntary placements with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, the People’s History museum and volunteered for the last three Manchester International Festivals.

He said: “I am very excited and happy to be given this opportunity with Outside In.”

Liam Ashworth, ‘Stir Fry’, digital photography, 2018.

Natasha Harrison, Outside In artist.

Natasha H is an Outside In artist who has really enjoyed taking part in the Outside In training programme, Step Up.

Natasha is really interested in art and art therapy and particularly found the Exploring Collections course at the Wellcome Collection and the Vawdrey Archive Project to be very interesting and inspiring.

Natasha says she is ‘looking forward to being a selector for this opportunity, it’s another great way for me to be involved in art. I love art and I love people, I think the power of art is so important’.

Natasha H

Click below for all the information on the co-commission, which is funded by the John Booth Charitable Foundation

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