Cult artist Billy Childish’s work to feature in Homerton exhibition

Prolific cult artist Billy Childish is exhibiting one of his artworks in a Homerton exhibition entitled The Outsider which launches this Friday.

Long considered an outsider himself, Childish – who turned down the offer to appear on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 – now sells his art for thousands of pounds.

His work, as well as that of other internationally renowned artists will appear alongside work by unrecognised artists from mental health arts organisation Core Arts.

Core Arts events co-ordinator Pete Bennett said: “Outsider art is this label that’s bandied about, and often about people with mental health issues.

“It’s a strange term, it’s uncomfortable. What are they outside from? What’s inside?

“We are questioning the idea they are “outsiders,” to us they are artists per se.

“The quality of work on display is excellent, it’s way beyond the mental health tag, Core Arts is not about labelling people. but giving them a creative environment so they can get on with their work,” he added.

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Childish - whose name featured prominently on Britartist Tracey Emin’s tent “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With” - will give a free talk at the gallery on Friday September 16 at 3pm.

The exhibition runs at Core Arts in Saint Barnabas Terrace until October 6. Admission by appointment Tuesday to Friday, from 11am to 4pm - call 020 8533 3500.