artsider is a new biannual magazine published by Arts Access Victoria, focusing on the flourishing outsider art scene in and around Melbourne, Australia.
Outsider art is officially in. But why is it that outsider art is currently so hot? The art world, forever searching for something new has turned to the raw, unpolished aesthetic of the outsider artist to counteract the glossy manicured look of the current crop of artistic high fliers.
Is it simply a backlash against the commercialisation of the wider contemporary art world or has the time for outsider art truly arrived? Has outsider art been forever elevated above the level of ‘curiosity’? Time will tell.
Join us to explore outsider art, and the artists who create it, in artsider.