Sussex Charity Works Takes Major Exhibition to London

A major exhibition of over 80 works by 80 artists exploring the theme of ‘Environments’ – from the personal to the political and from landscapes to alternative worlds – is now open in central London. The exhibition has been brought together by charity Outside In, who support artist with barriers to the art world

A judging panel of internationally renowned artists – including Grayson Perry, Cathie Pilkington and Robert Travers – have announced three prize winners.

The winning work, made in felt tip pen is by Alan Payler, and is called The Garden. Alan’s drawings result from a gentle, delicate way of working where even large areas of colour are undertaken in small, careful steps. His pictures often combine small areas of detail with large areas of space and colour. Alan attends the Community Art Project in Darlington – a project for adults with learning disabilities. His work has been included in numerous CAP exhibitions.

The first prize will be a solo exhibition in 2020 at Phoenix, one of Brighton’s major public arts institutions, whilst a second and third prize of art material funds will also be awarded.
Second prize has been awarded to Phillip Knights, titled The Conversation. Philip likes to create scenes populated with figures, machines and objects sometimes invented through his own imagination but also inspired by images from everyday source material around him. Philip attends the Community Art Project in Darlington – a project for adults with learning disabilities and has exhibited widely.

The third prize goes to Alastair and is a tiny buddha in clay. He says, “I started making art when I was aged 13. I get a pen and paper and it happens spontaneously. It is the result of drawing for years and years. Sometimes my work represents how I feel, for example stressed or calm. There’s an aspect to art about what is aesthetically pleasing rather than how it makes you feel. I enjoy looking at other people’s work.”

“The winning work was the work of art that most closely aligned with something I would be happy to make myself and gave me joy. Also that I had never seen before – although it is often spontaneous it has habits that come up again and again and with the winning one it was like something I had never seen before. I would very much like to come and see Alan’s solo show in Brighton.” said Grayson Perry

“The work the judges have chosen is wonderful and eloquent and full of joy. I am so pleased that Alan has won. The judges loved that all three artists were using non traditional means to create work that speaks powerfully and with complete integrity.” Marc Steene, Outside In Director