"The Outcrowd" is a shambolic visual collection of hoodlums and battered psyches, born out of a basic obsession to create. Not to be trusted with pen, paper or any other medium that can leave a mark. Initially formed amongst a group of friends, skateboarders, Illustrators, Designers, Image-Makers and Lurkers.
The Outcrowd has taken on an organic, parasitic growth form, spanning continents and breaking cultural boundaries as more creators mutate to survive. Compiled, curated and realised in 2004 by two artists Lawrence Roper and Simon Peplow (Mr Ben has also been taking a more active role of late).
"This is chance for some of us to air our secret visual diaries, a mass of weird visions and telephone squiggles, that until now have been left ominously gathering dust in darkened corners. For others it's about escaping and creating work they enjoy, outside of any particular agenda. It's about a personal freedom to express themselves. And it's about creating a network to share ideas, collaborate, exhibit, commission and expose. After the success of their first group exhibition in February 2004 The Outcrowd have continued onwards and upwards steadily gathering awards, accolades, commissions, publications, collaborations, exhibitions and growing notoriety on their eventful trail.