Barry Finan and Rosanne Robertson exhibit OutsiderXchanges collaborative installation YES LAD YES LASS in a group exhibition curated by gallery Director Zavier Ellis and artist Hugh Mendes.





| Fiona Banner, Pavel Büchler, Matt Calderwood, Ben Eine, Tim Etchells, Barry Finan & Rosanne Robertson, Sam Jackson, Hugh Mendes, J Price, Michael Scoggins, Barry Thompson, Mark Titchner, Amikam Toren, Mark Wallinger |

Curated by Zavier Ellis & Hugh Mendes


Private view | Thursday May 24th 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates | Friday May 25th – Saturday June 23rd 2018

Performance | Tim Etchells ‘Some Imperatives’, 2011 Performance (performed by Andrew Stevenson) Thursday 24 May 6.30pm | Saturday 23 June 3.00pm


CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present ‘Transcript’, a group exhibition curated by gallery director Zavier Ellis and artist Hugh Mendes. Both Ellis and Mendes have an enduring interest in text based work and in the occurrence of text itself in our general cultural environment.

This exhibition will explore the use of text in contemporary art that has been transcribed from every day or alternative sources. For over a century, ushered in by Pablo Picasso’s inclusion of the fragmented word ‘JOU’ and collaged oil cloth in ‘Still-Life with Chair Caning’ (1912), artists have turned to low sources and materials gleaned from everyday life, thereby navigating visual communication away from its traditional reliance on imagery. Found elements derived from life in the studio, street and café were deployed to confront the audience directly with the stuff of reality at a time of great political, social and cultural flux. Fast paced change was axiomatic of the modern period, echoed by incessant industrial, technical and mechanical progress. Additionally, during a period of economic depression during and between the two world wars, adopting the use of accessible collage elements and found objects represented a democratisation of materials in themselves.

Read the full Transcript press release – HERE.

The exhibition will include a performance by Tim Etchells at the private view and on the final day: Tim Etchells ‘Some Imperatives’, 2011 Performance (performed by Andrew Stevenson) Thursday 24 May at 6.30pm | Saturday 23 June at 3.00pm.

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YES LAD YES LASS was co-comissioned by Venture Arts and Castlefield Gallery.


Barry Anthony Finan

Barry sees himself as a writer and an actor, although he has an eye for producing bold striking visual art as part of this. It is important for him to enact the work through readings and broadcasting. Barry works consistently with text. The text is artistically important in that it highlights a vision of life in large letters.


Rosanne Robertson

Described by Dazed and Confused when selected by Doodlebug as one Manchester’s ‘Emerging Ones’ as working beneath the skin by any means possible.

Her drawings and assembled works bind together temporary uneasy relationships- celebrating or showing the fragility of how things are held together in the human mind and by extension the physical world. Either transcending or combusting or both.

Working with drawing, performance, sculpture, assemblage and sound she explores tensions, anxieties and relationships between body, object and environment. Human psychology implicated in improvisation and assemblage underpins works anthropomorphic in appearance as an exploration into the unconscious given form.

Read more about Barry Finan | Rosanne Robertson

(Image credit: YES LAD YES LASS, Rosanne Robertson)

OutsiderXchanges Evaluation Report

Outsiderxchanges Evaluation Report

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of Venture Arts’ project OutsiderXchanges, in collaboration with Castlefield Gallery and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. For seven months in 2016, twelve artists, six of whom are learning disabled, shared a studio and collaborated as equals to produce experimental new artworks.

This project was kindly supported by Arts Council England and Manchester City Council.

OutsiderXchanges was conceived by Amanda Sutton, Director of Venture Arts.

This report is based on an evaluation by Sara Spanton, and has been edited by Aziza Mills.

Design and front cover image by Naomi Davies, BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate, Salford University.

The project owes huge thanks to Tanya Raabe-Webber, Kwong Lee, Glen Meskell, Emma Thomas, Sarah Bradbury, Emma Fry, Jennifer Dean, John Lynch, Annie Feng, Nicholas James, all of the project artists and all the team at Venture Arts.

Download the OutsiderXchanges Evaluation Report here:


TICKETS ARE SELLING OUT FAST for OutsiderXchangeS experimental noise band PSYCHEDELIC BRAIN CELLS who are proudly supporting Daniel Wakeford on May 13th at Islington Mill hosted by FAT OUT’S BURROW .

Alongside this event Venture Arts will be exhibiting a selection of artworks for one weekend only.


Improv, Noise and Object Soup.

Psychedelic Braincells is a new experimental super group formed spontaneously at a studio party in a disco light ridden corner of pioneering collaborative art project Outsiderxchanges bringing together ideas, practices and expressions via noise, improvisation, sound making and performance.

Psychedelic Braincells’ first impromptu ‘concert’ saw us play a cacophonous and explosive set of spontaneous noise making to a captive audience developed into a longer set for our first gigs at BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art and The Whitworth in 2016.

Psychedelic Braincells is an extension of the experimentation within the Outsiderxchanges studio into sound and celebrates the act of playing- as an artist or a musician- we can play whatever ever we want be it objects from David and Matt’s painting assemblages to records from Rosanne & Horace’s sculptural interventions. Current members include Rosanne Robertson, Horace Lindezey, David James, Matt GirlingSophie Megan Lee , Leslie Thompson and Juliet Davis.


Disability Arts Online – Sarah Munro reflects on her career so far and OutsiderXchanges making a lasting impact on her vision for supporting disabled artists

“They were able to overtly challenge elitism within the art world. There was a real sense of making visible the constraints of the art world that exist for everybody, not just for disabled artists. There was also a strong sense of comradery and that they were working as a group to create a collective practice”


“It’s not like we have done OutsiderXchanges, now this is the next thing. It’s more about, how do we stop it from being something that sits on the edge of the organisation and instead becomes a discourse across the core.”

Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art reflects on the legacy of OutsiderXchangeS and how it has influenced her vision for nurturing and showcasing disabled artists in the future.

Read the entire article via Disability Arts Online –

Castlefield GalleryRosanne RobertsonSophie Megan Lee, Matt Girling, Simon Raven, BALTIC 39, Tanya Raabe-Webber, Juliet Davis, The Whitworth, Amanda Sutton, Arts Council England.


Article: OutsiderXchanges Overview by Sara Jaspen at Corridor8

Sara Jaspen, Corridor8, reviewed OutsiderXchanges take over at The Whitworth Thursday Lates event on the 3rd of November. Read her article here:



Thursday Lates: OutsiderXchanges at The Whitworth



On November 3rd 2016, OutsiderXchanges project took over The Whitworth‘s Thursday Lates event with their riotous art party. It was incredibly successful and the turn out was great. We shared the project to new audiences through the medium of video, performance, happenings, The Psychedelic Brain Cells, sound art, installations, party food, a disco and much more. See for you yourselves……

Photos courtesy of John Lynch, Martin Livesey and Annie Feng.

More images are available on our Twitter page, Instagram and Facebook page.

Thanks to The Whitworth art gallery and Ed Watts for helping us organise this event.




OutsiderXchanges – Film and video works – Part 1

The following film and video works illustrate the collaborative outcomes of OutsiderXchanges project and artists working together to create new work through inter-responsive visual arts practice. These films were exhibited in a series of happenings, events and exhibitions including The Manchester Contemporary, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Whitworth art gallery for Thursday Lates event.


Jane Louise Graham and Simon Raven, Invisible Gallery at Midnight Part 1&2, 2016

This collaborative work of three short films grew from a discussion about disability and invisibility. Jane and Simon decided to establish Invisible Gallery as a fictional institution that might represent disabled artists who would not gain visibility without our support. In doing so, they compared the relative invisibility of disability as a subject in contemporary art with conceptual art practices in which an idea takes precedence over material form. Following playful and spontaneous discussions, they staged a curatorial conversation to camera (Invisible Gallery at Midnight) and made a farcical TV news bulletin about the opening of a new Invisible Gallery in an unnamed city centre, imagining that our concept had been turned into a successful franchise (Invisible Gallery News).


I was the Assembly hall, 2016 by Juliet Davis, Sophie Lee and Horace Lindezey

This video is the result of several weeks of online and field research and acts as a celebration of Horace’s memories of Cambrian School in Ancoats, Manchester, which is due to be taken down and turned into a car park in the near future. But it also acts as a ritualistic ceremony of letting the school and the memories “go”. They  created scenes where They physically interacted with objects associated to school, creating abstract or figurative shapes relating to Horace’s memories. Some scenes only involve hands and small objects, some others involve the hall body, as if they were making dens/being swallowed by the school. In the ‘wall paper’ scene they tried  to impersonate the school and match its architecture (left: class room, middle: assembly hall, right: dinner ladies room). The soundtrack is an edited recording of a discussion about some of Horace’s school memories, and has a sometimes literal and sometimes more abstract relationship to the action on screen.


The Pearlescent Party of Iridescent Energy, 2016, by Matt Girling with all artists

Taking the premise that the artists are blowing their art budget on a party, this film brings together in a theatrical way the art works produced and insight into the processes that inspired them. Each artist creates and inspires their own art story within the wider narrative. With a riotous and anarchic flavor, representing the relationship between artists, the film takes its name from artist David James who described trying to capture “iridescent eyes” and “idyllic eyes” using “pearlescent paints”.

‘Process Film’ capturing the unique collaborative and creative process between artists over the duration of the OutsiderXchanges project created by Venture Arts’ Martin Livesey.

Thursday Lates: OutsiderXchanges Art Party

Tonight for one night only OutsiderXchanges take over The Whitworth Thursday Lates to present OutsiderXchanges project through an Art Party. Starting from 6-9pm there’ll be a feast of artworks, psychedelic performances, films, installations, happenings, sound art, party food and much more!

Check out these short psychedelic teaser trailers created by OutsiderXchanges collaborator and artist Matt Girling.


Thursday Lates: OutsiderXchanges


OutsiderXchange take over The Whitworth with an Art Party to remember!
3rd November, 6pm – 9pm. Free
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, M15 6ER


Join us for a one off Art Party, expect party hats, sound experimentation, performance and a host of artistic revelry. The evening will see the artist collective presenting, artworks, audio visual work and a one off performance by new super noise band ‘Psychedelic Brain cells’, an extension of the experimentation within the OutsiderXchanges studio into sound and celebrates the act of playing.

Guests are invited to wear their best party outfit.

OutsiderXchanges is a pioneering visual arts project based on collaboration, reciprocal learning and creative exchange.

Artists involved in the project are: Juliet Davis, Barry Anthony Finan, Matt Girling, Jane Louise Graham, David James, Sarah Lee, Sophie Lee, Horace Lindezey, Tanya Raabe-Webber, Simon Raven, Rosanne Robertson and Leslie Thompson.

OutsiderXchanges is supported through public funding by Arts Council England. Project Partners and Supporters of OutsiderXchanges project: Venture ArtsCastlefield GalleryBALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and CVAN.