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Exhibition documenting artists' new partnership goes on display

Artist and MA Fine Art graduaute Deborah Petch

AN EXHIBITION documenting the results of an innovative partnership between the University of Chichester and a group of Sussex artists is on display this month.

Drawing Insight showcases the work of the Insight Partnership project which was created to bring together artists from different creative backgrounds to experience diverse concepts and develop new work.

The Arts Council England-funded venture is part of a partnership between graduates of the University and Outside In project which is to be displayed at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester until Sunday 26 March.

Dr Shirley Chubb, a Reader in Interdisciplinary Art at the University, said: “Bringing creative communities together for partnerships like Insight is an increasingly important and relevant part of contemporary arts practice.

“Working with these artists has been an absolute pleasure, with each phase of development revealing their integrity and commitment to investigating and sharing the process of being a contemporary artist.”

The project has been developed by national charity Outside In that works with more than 2,000 artists across the UK to create opportunities that promote a fairer art world.

Yvonne J Foster, Rachel Redfurn, and Deborah Petch

Throughout the last three months Yvonne J Foster, a Brighton-based artist associated with the organisation, has been working with University MA Fine Art graduates Deborah Petch and Rachel Redfern – the latter of which has acted as project facilitator.

Yvonne said: “I am extremely measured, particular and precise - I love working to a small scale, I find it pleasing, and I work very quietly and methodically, focussing on minute details.

“I purposely restrict in order to exercise an element of control. It focusses me and gives a welcome break from a self-critical and traumatised brain - I love to work with boxes, and I can hide the most precious or raw emotions inside.”

Founded by Pallant House Gallery, in 2006, Outside In provides a platform for artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance, or isolation.

The exhibition includes drawn and painted pieces that celebrate the differences and similarities between the artists.

It also presents examples of written responses by MA Creative Writing students from the University as well as a short film made by Rosie Powell.

Artist Deborah Petch added: “We responded to each other by embracing our differences in scale and technique, and this became the form of our collaboration.

“I responded by producing an ‘Inkscape’ - an enormous ink drawing created on a huge roll of paper – that is a gestural, expressive, intuitive, and free piece of work.”

The Insight Partnership builds on a successful pilot project between Outside In and the University of Chichester in 2014 and a version of the project delivered in 2016.

During the recent project the artists have maintained a dialogue about their lives, their experiences, and their individual approaches to creating art while producing work both together and independently.

To view the Drawing Insight exhibition visit Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ.

For more about the Insight partnership organised by the Outside In organisation go to www.outsidein.org.uk.

Alternatively for more about studying for an MA in Fine Art at the University of Chichester visit www.chi.ac.uk/fineart.

Bright-based artist Yvonne J Foster

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