Providing bespoke funding solutions to support new art.
What we do
We are the only international, independent charitable organisation that pools donations from our partners and patron circles to support contemporary art.
We draw on our network of experts to identify what is most needed in the arts and respond with tailor-made and impactful philanthropy.
We offer unique and insightful experiences to our partners and patron circles at the heart of artistic creation connecting them to our wider global network.
We build strong alliances between the private sector and public institutions, enabling a perfect circle of support: from the production of art to its placement in a public collection.
We are dedicated to supporting projects that challenge thinking and further the artistic discourse to inspire new audiences.
In the face of increasing intolerance, it is the ‘long journey of generosity’ of organisations such as Outset that enable us to deliver ambitious and engaged programmes, deeply committed to the fundamental messages of the arts, which are experimentation, multiplicity, love and inclusiveness.
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, The Serpentine Galleries
The most significant support you can receive as an artist comes early. Outset do this with passion, commitment and trust. They show a belief in the process of creating art. It is extraordinary to find people who can share your vision and be in a position to allow new work to be realised both as advocates and be enabling financial support.
Outset is a renowned global network that has the profile to support the arts like few others and open doors to otherwise hidden treasures of art.
Daniel Klier, Outset Young Production Circle Patron. Group Head of Strategy, HSBC
Outset’s ongoing support for Cubitt’s Curatorial Fellowship has enabled the gallery to maintain its commitment to supporting and facilitating contemporary art at its most exciting, challenging and innovative best.
Image courtesy the artist
Morgan Quaintance, Curator
Outset is the finest philanthropy of its kind, offering its patrons the opportunity to engage with contemporary art at the raw, creative level, directly with artists, with immediate impact.
Scott Collins, Managing Director, Summit Partners, L.P., Outset Capital Circle Patron
Outset is simply outstanding: There is no other independent foundation spanning over eight countries empowering institutions and artists to collaborate. Outset puts no limit to the possibilities and embraces creativity with great courage. Outset is the life support for ambitious works of art.
Udo Kittelmann, Director, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Outset supporters become part of an international community of interesting like-minded people. I have been informed and stimulated but, and this is important to me, we also have a great deal of fun. It is very gratifying to see what a significant difference Outset can make with our contributions and to see the work produced by artists Outset has helped.
Picture by Jane Barlow
Leslie Hills, Outset Scotland Patron
The key to Outset is in the name. They are there at the outset of a project, able to support the realisation of an artist’s idea and watch it come to fruition.
Anna Robertson, Fine and Applied Art Section Leader, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum
93 BAKER STREET, an ephemeral culture space for contemporary artistic talent. The opening exhibition will feature emerging artists @andreicostache , @morgan.ward.artist and @richieculver .
93 BAKER STREET is conceived by VO Curations and supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund@_93bakerstreet #outsetengland
Looking back at the amazing installation by artist Marianne Jõgi and composer Ülo Krigul at Battersea Park during Art Night. Based on mathematical calculations, this intimate and acoustically active environment promotes relaxation, wellbeing and supports learning. Curated by Hanna Laura Kaljo. Outset Estonia was so proud to support this unique project with a dream team! Photo credit: Michael Heilgemeir/ECADC
#artnightldn #artnight2018 #installation #batterseapark #mariannejogi #stargazing #outsetart #ecadc #ev100 #supportedby #outsetestonia @laansoo @hannalaurakaljo
Delighted to see artist Ben Judd’s community engaged project at Art Night this weekend!
Ben Judd presented a participatory site-specific installation in the heart of an existing community. Five temporary, reusable domes were built on the square of Doddington Estate, Battersea. The work invited both visitors and the local community to help to complete the domes’ construction, working alongside architectural practice EVA Studio. Participants could inhabit the domes for Art Night, eating a meal made from locally-sourced ingredients; the spaces also facilitate discussions around the subjects of community and the urban landscape. By exploring notions of identity, community, engagement and estrangement, this work actively encourages participants to examine the diverse ways in which social groups can develop.
Our patrons will also be paying Ben Judd a visit later in the year at The Gallery, De Montfort University in Leicester as part of Outset supported project fig-futures.
Photos by Rosie Hermon/Nine Elms
@outsetart #figfutures #benjudd @fig2london
Very excited to see Outset supported project ‘Groundwork’ in the Financial Times this weekend! .
‘Groundwork’s willingness to risk weaving its story out of the transitory, travelers and unexpected makes it a valuable new strand in the fabric of our cultural world...Unlike some other mis-adventures, this one is indisputably worth going out of one’s way for.’
Read the full article here: https://www.ft.com/content/94554c94-7e04-11e8-af48-190d103e32a4
#groundwork #cornwall #outsetart #outsetengland @financialtimes @groundwork.art
@outsetart patrons received a very insightful guided tour of Tacita Dean’s ‘Landscape’ exhibition and access to the Royal Academy’s 250th Summer Exhibition today.
Tacita Dean’s interest in landscape phenomena has taken her around the world: from the unspoilt landscape of Bodmin Moor in England to the open rangelands of Wyoming in the American West to film a rare solar eclipse. Dean is a champion of photochemical film, yet her wide-ranging practice extends across a multitude of mediums.
#royalacademy #tacitadean #landscape #outsetart #outsetengland
fig-2 was a programme of 50 projects that took place across 50 consecutive weeks at the ICA Studio in London in 2015. fig-2 was a revival of fig-1, a ground-breaking exhibition programme conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000.
The project presented 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks in a room in Fragile House in Soho, London. Fifteen
years later, curator Fatos Ustek worked within the same exhibition structure with an energetic and ambitious interpretation, embracing the precedent of an interdisciplinary programme and opening it beyond contemporary art practice, to encapsulate the humanities and sciences.
fig-2 was an exhibition with a rare pace, allowing in-depth engagement with a single project within a rapidly changing, energetic programme. .
fig-2 was supported by @outsetart, with other partners Bicester Village, Phillips, Art Fund
and individual fig-2 patrons.
#outsetart #outsetengland #fig2
OUTSET HQ have been in our new London home for 4months now!! 🎉🌐
@somersethouse a magnificent home, a hub of art and culture, as well as the thriving Outset-supported @somersethousestudios 🇬🇧 .
Come say hello! 👋🏻
#newhome #outsetengland #somersethouse #london
We’re really looking forward to joining our patrons on a tour of Art Night 2018 on Saturday!
With highlighted projects curated by the Hayward Gallery exhibitions team led by Ralph
Rugoff, Art Night 2018 will take place in iconic and off-the-beaten-track venues along a trail
that runs from Southbank Centre, through Vauxhall and Nine Elms, and Battersea Power
Station. Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff and the curatorial team have taken their cue
from the immediate context of the local area, to ask questions about the emotional and
political associations of ͚home͛, including residency, refuge and security; and even the quest
to create habitats on other planets.
The guided tour will include viewings of new productions by artists Halil Altindere, Prem
Sahib, Tamara Henderson/ Anna Skladman and Marinella Senatore as well as some off-site
projects at Battersea Power Station.
@artnightldn #outsetart #outsetengland #london #artnightlondon #readyfortheweekend
Pre-launch view at @edelassanti of the incredible Outset-supported artist @oren_pinhassi gave patrons a fascinating insight into his first UK solo exhibition, Second Nature, which explores the relationship between physical environment, behaviour and psychology. #outsetart #edelassanti #privateview #sneakypeek #orenpinhassi
Join us for Outset-supported installation by Marianne Jõgi at Battersea Park during Art Night on July 7th and 8th. The tepee in Battersea Park is an acoustically active environment that promotes relaxation, wellbeing and supports learning. Sound piece by Ülo Krigul. Curated by Hanna Laura Kaljo RSVP https://bit.ly/2yZVWL8 Photo by @kristinaollek
#artnightldn #artnight2018 #installation #savethedate #batterseapark #mariannejogi #hannalaurakaljo #ecadc #ev100 #outsetestonia #outsetart
Baltic Triennial 13 ‘Give Up The Ghost’ the Estonian edition opens tonight at Tallinn Art Hall, curated by artistic director Vincent Honoré and Dina Akhmadeeva. For the first time since its foundation in 1979, Baltic Triennial is taking place in all three Baltic countries. Outset Estonia is proud to support Merike Estna’s new commission. Dream team is having a blast installing it!
#baltictriennial13 #giveuptheghost #tallinnarthall #kunstihoone #merikeestna #newcommission #contemporaryart #outsetestonia #outsetart #installation #dreamteam