Outside In is soon set to begin work with the West Sussex Records Office on the cataloguing, preserving, and digitisation of the The Vawdrey Archive.
This archive comprises of approximately 194 paintings produced by patients in art therapy sessions run by Dr Brian Vawdrey (pictured) between 1951 to 1971 – some at the former West Sussex County Asylum, Graylingwell, Chichester – along with a copy of Vawdrey’s illustrated thesis, ‘Art in Analysis’.
Applications for artists to be involved are now open. The project, which starts on 19 November and runs until the end of June, will see participants need to be able to commit to 15 days which will include; an initial series of bi-weekly sessions – some at West Sussex Records Office in Chichester, creating artwork and visual responses to the archive, self-directed study and attending site visits.
There are a maximum of ten spaces available for the project which will aim to help archivists shape the recording of the artwork thanks to the artists’ lived mental health experience. The role also demands good communication and teamwork skills, travels expenses and refreshments will be included.
To find out more information about the project and get support, check out the events happening over the next few weeks.
Image: Outside In Journeys at Sotheby’s © Laura Arnott.