Outside In and Pallant House Gallery are excited to invite submissions for their second co-commission

Submissions are now closed for this opportunity, Outside In and Pallant House Gallery would like to thank everyone who applied – artists will be updated on the outcome by Friday 6 November, 2020.
Madge Gill (1882-1961), Untitled (Queenly Figure). c.1950s, Ink on paper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (Presented by Anonymous Donors 2013)


This commission will provide an artist (or a group of artists) with the opportunity to create a new body of artwork that explores and responds to the work of artist Madge Gill. 

We are asking Outside In artists to fill out a application form with their proposal and idea for the commission.

The successful artist(s) will receive £5000 and the support of an artist mentor. This fee must also cover art materials, studio time, travel and transport costs and any framing required.

The exhibition will take place in January 2021 at Pallant House Gallery in the Print Room. The commissioned work will be displayed alongside Madge Gill’s work from Pallant House Gallery’s permanent collection and from private collections.

For full details and criteria please download the call out document at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions about the commission you can contact Cornelia Marland. Email: cornelia.marland@outsidein.org.uk or call: 07903 028397

Please find below a short induction video, explaining about the co-commission and the application process:


Madge Gill (1882-1961) was a self-taught artist. She is known for the thousands of intricate and spiritual ink drawings she created during her lifetime.

Madge Gill, Untitled, c.1950s, Ink on paper, on loan from a private collection

Madge Gill is often described as a ‘visionary artist’ – she would channel a spirit guide named Myrninerest who she believed influenced her artwork.  Gill worked mainly on paper and textiles using pen marks to create intricate ink drawings that often-included figures and faces of women. Some of Gill’s work is small in scale and dimensions range from postcard size to works that are 30 feet long. Her work is often described as mysterious and otherworldly.

Madge Gill was born in Walthamstow in London. She was placed in an orphanage at the age of nine and later moved to Canada when she was 14 years old and stayed there until she was 18 when she then moved back to London.  Gill suffered a great deal of tragedy in her life including the death of her daughter and son. Gill also suffered with health issues, including the loss of sight in one eye following a severe illness.

In 1938 Gill exhibited one of her artworks at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and continued to do so every year till 1947. After her death, Gill’s work has been exhibited more widely and is  now part of collections all over the world.

We encourage you to do your own further research into Madge Gill.

The print room at Pallant House Gallery, where the exhibition will take place.
Installation photograph.
Grete Marks: An Intimate Portrait
Pallant House Gallery Print Room June – October 2019
© Mark Heathcote (2016)


To apply for this opportunity, please fill out the application form which you can download at the bottom of this page.

Artists can submit in different formats, including audio, film or text. Please get in touch for details.

Do you need some support appying?

Artist support sessions can be booked for artists that would like help with applying for this opportunity. Support sessions will take place over the phone or via zoom on the following dates:

Thursday 8 October

Friday 9 October

Tuesday 13 October

Thursday 15 October

To find out more or book onto a session please contact Hannah Whitlock. Email: hannah.whitlock@outsidein.org.uk or call: 07903 028270

2 Comments about this

  1. Q. Saki

    Hi. Is this also open for artists outside of UK? I am from Pakistan and I would like to apply.

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