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Finster Fest at Paradise Garden, GA

May 26–27, 2018

Finster Fest, the annual festival honoring the life and legacy of Summerville’s famous folk artist the Rev. Howard Finster, will take over Finster's art environment, Paradise Garden, on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26–27. The celebration will centre on the marketplace of more than 50 artists, the majority of them self-taught.

Paradise Garden
200 N Lewis Street, Summerville, Georgia 30747 

A Celebration in Honor of Brian Dowdall at AVAM, MD

May 25, 2018

The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD will host a celebration in honor of Brian Dowdall (1948–2018) on May 25 from 4–8pm. There will be remembrances from Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, John Ogren, Tim Topoleski, Ron Rudisill and Diptych Donation as well as performances and an opportunity to see Brian's "PRIMITIVES" exhibit and slide show.

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent

until May 27, 2018

Last few days to see the exhibition "Anxiety", which aims to show the many faces of this emotion: from being "God-fearing" to fearful of fellow humans, and from highly personal phobias to mass hysteria.

Museum Dr. Guislain
Jozef Guislainstraat 43, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Pallant House Raising Money for Laila Kassab

Pallant House in Chichester, UK, are trying to bring the work of self-taught Palestinian artist Laila Kassab from Gaza to the UK. Laila has been commissioned by Pallant House Gallery and Outside In to create new work but as she is unable to leave Gaza, the Gallery is requesting the public's help to safely transport her work to the UK and allow the exhibition to take place. Click here for more info and to help raise the money needed for Laila’s exhibition to happen.


Treger/Saint Silvestre Collection, Portugal

until October 14, 2018

"Histories of violence" explores the theme of destructiveness in the human race: where does it originate from and how does art use these destructive impulses? The artworks chosen by curator Gustavo Giacosa include art brut, singular art and contemporary art. More than 50 artists are presented, including Henry Darger, Friedrich Schröeder-Sonnenster and Franco Belucci.

Núcleo de Arte da Oliva 
Rua da Fundição, 240, São João da Madeira, Portugal 3700-119 

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, UK

until May 20, 2018

In 2017, a call for entries went out to artists living in East Anglia, attracting a record-breaking number of submissions. Titled "Inheritance: Norwich Castle Open Art Show", the resulting exhibition was selected by a panel of invited judges and features paintings, sculptures, sound, textiles, film, printmaking and photography. Self-taught artist James Gladwell from Barrington Farm is one of the featured artists and was selected by Brown&Co as the recipient of their award for excellence.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
24 Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU


Ted Diamond at The Good Luck Gallery, CA

until June 3, 2018

J. Theodore “Ted” Diamond's brilliantly coloured gouaches on paper are presented at The Good Luck Gallery. The arresting works by this outsider have, until now, never been seen out of the notebooks in which they had been carefully preserved for over 50 years.

The Good Luck Gallery
945 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

From The Good Luck Gallery's Press Release:

Ted Diamond’s art came from a creative mind trapped between despair and ecstasy . His often frenzied, improvisational, but sophisticated compositions have a profound association with poetry and jazz– the visual equivalent of the voices of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs and the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. He was of their time in the 1960’s, and his work reflects the free- form expressionism of the era. These truly original, brilliantly colored gouaches on paper deserve the recognition they are now receiving.

J. Theodore “Ted” Diamond (American 1938-1986) was diagnosed with schizophrenia early on and spent much of his life in the public psychiatric ward of Boston General Hospital; he would eventually take his own life in 1986 at the age of forty-seven. Although he studied at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Diamond never developed a professional career, spending much of his life obsessed by personal demons.

After his passing, a few hundred paintings that had been mounted in notebooks and kept in Diamond’s room were found by a dear friend who kept them safe for over 30 years. Stuart Denenberg, who is co-curating the exhibition with his wife Beverly, met Diamond in the mid 1960s and purchased two self-portraits. However Denenberg was unprepared for the staggering trove of figures, fragmented ghostly images, and portraits recovered after Diamond’s death – including many intense self-portraits and densely populated scenes of Diamond’s fellow residents. Even the few sheets that seem to be nearly complete abstractions are loaded with emotion.

Evoking James Ensor and Francis Bacon—with powerful scale beyond their humble size thanks to deeply moving, unfiltered content—Diamond’s work is elevated by keen draughtsmanship and superb color sensibility. These arresting works of an “outsider” have, until this moment, never been seen out of the notebooks in which they had been carefully preserved for over 50 years. The Good Luck Gallery is thrilled to partner for this deeply personal exhibition with Stuart and Beverly Denenberg of Denenberg Fine Arts, who have been pioneering curators for over fifty years.

Yvon Taillandier at Galerie GNG, Paris

until May 19, 2018

See works by the late Parisian artist, author and critic Yvon Taillandier (1926–2018) at Galerie GNG in Paris.

Galerie GNG 
3 rue Visconti, 75008 Paris, France 

Museum Gugging, Maria

until October 7, 2018

Museum Gugging presents "existence.! humans in the jean-claude volot collection". Volot's collection juxtaposes well-known artists of art brut alongside lesser-known artists, including Karel Appel, Gaston Chaissac, Hans Bellmer and Louise Giamari. The collection is on view in Austria for the first time. 

museum gugging
Am Campus 2, A-3400 Maria Gugging, Austria

EOA Conference 2018, UK

May 4–6, 2018

Outside In will host the European Outsider Art Association Conference at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. 

The conference is aimed at artists, curators and collectors as well as representatives from museums, galleries, collections, art projects and studio groups. This year’s conference focuses on ‘the Artist’s Voice,’ celebrating the work of excluded and non-traditional artists and sharing best practice in the field through a series of presentations, key note speeches, and workshops delivered by artists and practitioners. 

The keynote speech to open the conference on the Friday evening will be given by multi-disciplinary artist Bobby Baker, who created the touring exhibition Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me 1997 – 2008, and was commissioned as part of the London 2012 Unlimited project for the Cultural Olympiad. 

Presenters at the conference include the Living Museum (the Netherlands), Out By Art (Sweden), Venture Arts (UK), Joy of Sound (UK) and Look Kloser (UK). Panellists will include Garvald Artists (Scotland), Headway East London (UK), Arts Project Australia (Australia), Blue Circus (Finland), Creahm/MadMusee (Belgium), and Creative Minds (UK). 

Pallant House Gallery
9 N Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TJ, UK