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Michelle Roberts has been selected for Outside In’s Humanity exhibition opening at Sothebys in January 2023.

Michelle was also awarded first prize in the show by Bob and Roberta Smith and will have a solo exhibition in 2024.

‘Humanity’ will be the sixth Outside In National Open exhibition and the first to tour venues across the UK. Showcasing artworks by 80 Outside In artists, the exhibition will highlight the vast variety and quality of works produced by artists facing barriers to the art world.

‘Humanity’ will be on view at Sotheby’s in London 9–27 January 2023.

Michelle Roberts, Old Bands, 2022

Image: Michelle Roberts, Old Bands, 2022, pen on canvas

This painting is about music. Something we can all enjoy together.

Michelle said this painting is ‘something I do on my own’ and she’s enjoys listening to ‘nice songs’ Michelle is an artist working with Project Art Works in Hastings. The subjects relate to lived experience such as a holiday, a visit to the ‘Dinosaur World’ exhibition or an Air Show, while others celebrate events such as the Diamond Jubilee, Remembrance Day or films that she’s seen. Photographs are used for reference, but only in passing, as clues or prompts rather than images to be slavishly copied. The drawing is carefully detailed, finely subdividing shapes and forms into patterns and displays fine control without hesitation or correction. The composition is coloured using paint, brush-pens or a combination of these. Colour is used freely with only rare adherence to the local colour of the subject.

Find out more at

From January 9, 2023
to January 27, 2023

Location: 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA

Makers featured at Michelle Roberts – Humanity