Session at Walcott helps marginalised artists showcase their work online

Artists with learning disabilities from Norfolk have been given the opportunity to upload photographs of their artwork onto a national website.

Barrington Farm day centre at Walcott whose facilities include an art centre, hosted a surgery day run by the Outside In project - an online gallery opening up the exhibition world to artists marginalised due to health, disability or because their work does not fit a prescribed art norm.

Lucy Greenfield from Outside In worked alongside a team of local volunteers to help artists, who came from as far afield as Swaffham, get their work online.

The project was set up by the Pallant House Gallery in Sussex in 2006, where head of learning and community Marc Steene said it was 'gentle revolution', designed to enable a fairer art world where everyone had an equal opportunity to have their work seen and valued.

'The challenge we are embracing is to reconsider how we define who is and is not an artist, and what is and is not art in order to change attitudes in the mainstream art world,' he added.

Barrington Farm project manager Sarah Ballard said 'This is a fantastic project for artists who might need extra support to take part in creating their own online gallery.

'Many of the artists we work with live in quite isolated areas, and some artists still do not have access to the internet.'

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After a successful initial surgery day, another would be held on February 1.

Any artists who might benefit should contact Sarah Ballard on 01692 650633, email roar_art@hotmail.com or visit www.roarart.com

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