OutsiderXchanges is a collaborative visual arts project evolving from Venture Arts in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and BALTIC Mill – Gateshead. Supported by Arts Council England, OutsiderXchanges will bring together learning disabled and non-learning disabled artists to explore collaborative practice and create new work.
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 Girling, Sophie Megan Lee , Leslie Thompson and Juliet Davis.
“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.”
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.
Tonight for one night only OutsiderXchanges take over The WhitworthThursday 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.
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.
We had an amazingly successful weekend introducing OutsiderXchanges project at The Manchester Contemporary art fair. We had a great time speaking to the public, collectors, exhibiting artists and gallery owners! And we sold some 3 art pieces! What else could we ask for?! We’d like to thank everyone who came down to the fair and everyone who helped make it happen!
Horace Lindezey enjoyed conducting his ‘School Days’ interviews with collaborating artist Juliet Davis, Rudolph Walker (If you could invite anybody in the world to our party, who would it be?) (#hangingwithrudolph) enjoyed perusing the exhibitor stands and mingling throughout the fair. Artist Leslie Thompson had incredibly feedback on his collection of fine-liner on paper vitrines with models and produced some fantastic live drawings of the event. All participating artists got the chance to speak to visitors about their resulting artwork and collaborations and their experience of exhibiting at such a high profile event.
Selected artworks featured included pieces developed individually such Sarah Lee’s tactile three-dimensional clay ‘sketches’, inspired by the recent fire at the 16th-century Wythenshawe Hall, to collaborative works such as Yes Lad, Yes Lass (2016) by artists Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson, a poignant mixed media video installation. This sculptural work represents the meeting of the two artists with their ambitions laid bare. Leslie Thompson, a prolific drawer, who at every opportunity is documenting his observations of events happening around him, in enormous detail using pen on paper, and in his own recognisable witty style, to artists Horace Lindezey and Juliet Davis who have involved public participation in their practice throughout to In a series of interviews Lindezey has been engaging participants in conversation on their childhood memories whilst also building models of their schools as a tool for reminiscence.
Artists: Juliet Davis, Rudolph Walker (If you could invite anybody in the world to our party, who would it be?), Sophie Megan Lee and Horace Lindezey.
Horace and Juliet conducting their ‘School Days’ interveiws during the fair
‘YES LAD, YES LASS’ 2016, Installation by Rosanne Robertson and Barry Anthony Finan
Sarah Lees ‘The Leaf Dress’ 2016, Architectural sketches on fabric
Amanda Sutton Director of Venture Arts #hangingwithrudolph
Amanda Sutton, Director at Venture Arts said:
“Showcasing OutsiderXchanges at The Manchester Contemporary was a great opportunity for the project and our artists to exhibit to a wider arts audience, and the response we had was fantastic. Collectors, curators and the wider public all engaged with the work on many levels, and we sold a set of pieces to a high profile organisation within Manchester. Over the next few months with events and exhibitions planned at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Whitworth Gallery we aim to reach wider and more diverse audiences, and make the case for collaborative art practice within the contemporary art scene.”
Other fantastic feedback from the fair:
”The heart of the fair”
“Great to see art that takes responsibility in the real world!”
”TMC stall was completely amazing! And totally held its own in that environment, thought it was absolutely fantastic, we’re all very proud of you, so very well done to Venture arts and artists I say!”