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Large boot shaped forms woven from chunky sectgions of dried grass.

Radical Craft

Grass Boots Replica

Joanne B Kaar (after Angus McPhee)

A bright stained glass window showing distorted figures, animals and bare trees.

Radical Craft

Landfill Tantrum

Pinkie Maclure

A model of a blue digger made from repurposed materials.

Radical Craft


Roland Kappel

A simple dinosaur form made from mixed media with pathces of colour on it's body.

Radical Craft


Julia Kraise-Harder


Radical Craft

Project Summary

Alternative Ways of Making
A Craftspace and Outside In touring exhibition

Launching at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester on 12 March 2016 then touring the UK.

An exhibition of inspiring contemporary craft by UK and international artists, many of whom are self-taught and face barriers in accessing the art world.

The exhibition will tour to eight venues around the UK.


The exhibition, which is co-curated by Laura Hamilton, features 34 international and UK artists who express their creativity beyond the bounds of convention.

It includes artworks by historically renowned artists associated with the Outsider Art genre and contemporary artists, many of whom are self-taught and see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation; 21 of whom have been selected from open submissions.

Work on show will reveal inventive use of materials a variety of scale from sculptures carved into the lead tips of pencils and wrapped forms to life-sized wicker figures. Each of the artists’ individual backgrounds and paths of creative development, occupy a different world to our more typical perception of the artist or craftsman. Most have never received any formal art training, although their practices may have been nurtured and encouraged in specialist centres or studios. Their work or, creative impulses have been developed with an obvious inventiveness and independence, which is rarely aimed at a particular audience, public recognition or marketplace

Artists include:
  • Dalton M Ghetti (USA) is a carpenter who began sculpting forms on discarded pencils in 1986, as a challenge to himself to create the smallest possible carvings that he could see with the naked eye. Each piece can take up to a year to complete. For Dalton, carving is a form of meditation and none of his work is for sale.
  • Roland Kappel (Germany) grew up in an orphanage. His true passion is machinery used in the construction industry: diggers, cranes, bulldozers. His models utilise discarded parts from calculators and computer boards as well as scrap metal, which he fixes to together with a special spot-welding technique which he developed.
  • Pascal Tassini (Belgium) has a special interest in weddings and bridal attire producing a complete environment including a wedding tent, rings, love letters and elaborate Baroque-style headdresses.
  • Beth Hopkins (UK) employs found objects, often washed up from the Thames, and parts of discarded electrical gadgets. She finds it “empowering to reduce items down to their components; taking back the power digital life has over us all.”
  • Angus McPhee (Scotland) secretly wove numerous garments from grasses, vegetation and sheep’s wool picked from barbed wire fences found in the grounds of the hospital he lived in.
  • Erkki Pekkarinen’s (Finland) folkloric life size woven birch bark figures.

Exhibiting invited artist Marie-Rose Lortet will choose one Award Winner from the selected works to receive a solo show at Pallant House Gallery at a later date. Lortet is often associated with the field of outsider art, and her signature lace objects and architectural constructions have been exhibited widely across Europe and are in the Collection de L’Art Brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, and will this year be shown at the Outsider Art Fair in New York for the first time.

“I am proud and grateful to be chosen as the judge. I am excited to look attentively at the artists’ creations and what the work reveals about their life. It will be a hard choice without a doubt.” Marie-Rose Lortet


The panel for the UK open selection included Alice Kettle, Textile Artist; Phil Baird, Artist and Outside In Award Winner; Laura Hamilton, Co-curator of Radical Craft; Katy Norris, Curator Pallant House Gallery and Deirdre Figueiredo, Director of Craftspace.

30 years

This exhibition marks key anniversaries for the partner organisations;  30 years of Craftspace and 10 years of Outside In.

Working with...

Outside In
Since its inception in 2006, Outside In has provided an increasingly international platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world because of health, disability or social circumstance. 

Pallant House Gallery
Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of an historic Queen Anne townhouse and contemporary extensions, housing one of the best collections of Modern British art in the country, including important works by Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Eduardo Paolozzi and Graham Sutherland.


Principle funder Arts Council England West Midlands. The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Great British Sasakawa Foundation have supported the inclusion of Japanese artists. Funders of Outside In: the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, The Roddick Foundation, The George Dannatt Trust and Private Donors

Where next?...

Find the tour schedule here.

…extraordinary works created by people who are in some way on the margins of society, and who, for whatever mixture of reasons, find themselves unable to fit into the conventional requirements – social and psychological, as well as artistic – of the culture they inhabit.

David Maclagan

Photographs © : Joanne B Kaar, Atelier 5, Mariaberg

Developing people, ideas and opportunities through contemporary craft.

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