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New film on Phil Baird and the Creative Case for Diversity

  • Date: 5 April 2013
  • Area: London, National, South East
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Cosmic Hat, Phil Baird. Credit: Image courtesy of Phil Baird and Outside In

Outside In winner and London visual artist Phil Baird is the subject of a new film that explores his unique artistic practice and the Creative Case for Diversity.

The Creative Case for Diversity is Arts Council England's policy on how diversity and equality can enrich the arts for artists, audiences and our wider society. The arts-driven approach examines the best approaches to liberate artists from imposed labels by making the discussion first and foremost about quality art.

The film and soundtrack was made by filmmaker Ivan Riches and was especially commissioned by the Arts Council for the Creative Case website, which is managed by Disability Arts Online.

Phil Baird, Artist & Outside In - Creative Case for Diversity

Phil Baird is a visual artist who specialises in drawing. He is also the Art Director at South East London Arts Network studio at The Lee Centre, which supports people with severe mental health difficulties.

Phil's talent was nurtured through a series of programmes in London and Sussex. He joined the Step Up Course at Arts Council England National portfolio organisation Pallant House Gallery in 2011 to learn about workshop facilitation and was encouraged submit his work on the Outside In online gallery. Since then, he was one of six award winners chosen from 80 artists showcased in the Outside In: National exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in 2012. Phil's work is part of Outside In: On Tour, which is travelling around England until 2014. He lives in London.

Outside In is an arts agency providing a platform for artists who find it difficult to access the art world either because of mental health issues, disability, health, social circumstance or because their work does not conform to what is normally considered as art. Outside In is based at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. The Gallery houses one of the best collections of Modern British Art in the country. Outside In has no set creative criteria, boundary in art process or limit on subject for the artists that choose to align themselves with the project. There is no restriction for creating an online gallery or entering Outside In competitions for content, process or size.

To find out more about Arts Council England's Creative Case for Diversity, see