About the Event

Our first Main Gallery exhibition of 2021 will feature the work of artist Alan Payler. Alan was awarded a solo exhibition at Phoenix Art Space as a result of of his submission to a call-out from Outside In in which artists were invited to respond to the theme of ‘Environments’. More than 900 art works were submitted from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Three prize-winners were selected by 2020’s judging panel – Grayson Perry, Cathie Pilkington and Robert Travers. Alan was awarded first prize for a piece made in felt tip pen, entitled ‘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.

“Art is a purely subjective thing. 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 it was like something I had never seen before. I would very much like to come and see Alan’s solo show in Brighton.” – Grayson Perry 


Outside In is a catalyst for change. Founded in 2006, it is now an established national charity that aims to provide a platform for artists who face significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, social circumstance or isolation. Outside In’s work covers three main areas: Artist development, exhibitions and training. These activities, supported by fundraising and communications, all aim to create a fairer art world by supporting artists, creating opportunities and influencing arts organisations.

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