Outside In, a Pallant House Gallery project aimed at people facing barriers to the art world, has won in the Arts, Culture and Heritage section of the Charity Awards 2013, organised by The Civil Society. Outside In was shortlisted from hundreds of entries and beat The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts and The Reading Agency to become the overall winner of the category.

Marc Steene, Deputy Director of Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery and founder of Outside In, said: “Winning the Charity Awards is a massive endorsement for the gallery, Outside In and all the artists and organisations that have worked with us. A huge thank you to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation who had the vision and faith to support Outside In from its small beginnings to where it is today.”

Established in 2006, the Outside In project provides a platform for artists who are traditionally excluded from the art world due to health, disability, social circumstances or because their art does not conform to what is considered art. Since its triennial open exhibition was first held in 2007 it has grown from featuring 100 artists from across Sussex to, in 2012, engaging with more than 1,500 artists and 10,000 audience members. In addition, the project’s website has enabled over 1,600 artists to create an online gallery.

Outside In currently works with 54 partner organisations, from national galleries to community groups, and delivers training and workshops. Its is part of Pallant House Gallery’s Learning and Community Programme, which has been recognised by The Adapt Award for Excellence in Access and has been commended in the Museums and Heritage Awards for its innovative Partners in Art scheme.