Do the divisions that define outsider art matter and are they relevant as society and practices change?
Jenny Edwards CEO, Chief Executive Mental Health Foundation, in conversation with Marc Steene (Deputy Director Pallant House Gallery and Director ('Outisde In'), David O'Flynn (chair, Adamson Archive, Wellcome Collection) and Simon Powell (Co-Director, Impact Art Fair).
What is Outsider Art?
‘Outsider Art’ follows from the term ‘Art Brut’ coined by French artist Jean Dubuffet in the 1940s. Translating as ‘raw art’, ‘Art Brut’ was used to describe a type of art outside the academic tradition of fine art. ‘Outsider Art’ has since become a term used to define work made by untrained artists who produce work for the sake of creation alone, without an audience in mind, and who are perceived to inhabit the margins of mainstream society.
Part of A Healthy Debate Symposia Series: three panel discussions around art and mental health to coincide with 'Art and Life'. The series is part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.