Outside In is excited to present Under A Blue Sky, a solo show of Alan Payler and the result of Alan winning first prize at Outside In’s National exhibition Environments for a piece made in felt tip pen titled The Garden.

The National exhibition was the result of a call-out from the award-winning arts charity in which saw more than 900 artists submit from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Alan was one of three prize-winners selected by the judging panel – Grayson Perry, Cathie Pilkington and Robert Travers.

As well as showcasing Alan’s colourful work, Under A Blue Sky will also feature art by other members of the Community Art Project in Darlington, an arts studio for adults with learning disabilities where much of Alan’s artwork was created.

“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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