The Department of Illustration

Outsider Art at the Whitworth

Posted in Events by The Department of Illustration on October 20, 2010

26 June – 9 January 2011

Get ‘plugged into the mains electricity of the imagination’* with Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Chris Hipkiss and others who created their work outside of formal art training. This is a first opportunity to see these extraordinary works on display since their arrival at the Whitworth earlier this year.

Victor Musgrave and Monika Kinley chose to collect artwork that they felt was genuinely original, intuitive and made by artists outside the mainstream system of art education and galleries. The result is a collection of almost 800 drawings, paintings and sculptures that has become the first of its kind to join the permanent collection of a public museum in the UK.

Trustees of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection generously presented the entire collection to the Whitworth Art Gallery in March 2010. The gift was facilitated by the Contemporary Art Society.

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