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
What a view for #Outsetart Israel patrons, visiting the Ein Harod museum, special private exhibition view with #artists Uri Nir (Dam Butterfly-supported by Outset) and Tamar Getter (Heliotropion). Beautiful shows, beautiful museum.#urinir #tamargetter #einharodmuseum #gilboa #northisrael #artdaytrip
Good vibrations in Berlin Mitte: Judith Hopf’s permanent installation outside @kwinstitutefcontemporaryart. The commission is supported and donated by Outset Germany_Switzerland. #judithhopfKW #judithhopf #johnhejduk #dangraham #cafebravo
Outset Israel patrons met today with #artists Aline Alagem, Dede, Nitzan Mintz and Eran Shakine at Zemack gallery, Tel Aviv. Thank you for your presentations and sharing your work with us. #outsetart #studiovisit #galleryvisit #telaviv #kikerhamedina #גלריהזימאק #תלאביב #דדה #ניצןמינץ #אליןאלגם #ערןשקין #אאוטסט
#Outsetart supported project BLACK BOOK by #artist Gideon Rubin now on view until April 15 @freudmuseum. The artist’s specially created project for Freud’s final home relates to the era of the late 1930s, when Freud left Vienna for London. A series of paintings on canvas, linen and paper take inspiration drawn from original pre-WW2 German magazines that Rubin has collected. The idealised images of heath and efficiency in the magazines were designed to promote the myth of Aryan supremacy in Nazi propaganda. Rubin has subverted these images in his characteristic style by masking out the faces, Nazi references and swastika motifs. The process relates to our human tendency to block out unpleasant memories from our psyche. #blackbook #freudmuseum #gideonrubin
Outset supported FIELD Works, an immersive and site-specific work by @anne__hardy opened today @boijmans #Sensoryspaces in Rotterdam #outsetnetherlands #sculpture #installation #patronsevent .
Image Courtesy Anne Hardy
Threads, beads, ropes and wall paper at Igshaan Adams studio visit in Cape Town. Thank you Igshaan for having us! ...And then wine, amazing view&food and some wine again🍷🍷🍷🍷#outsetartdrunk #outsetart #studiovisit #igshaanadams #capetown #capetownart #outsettrip #winecountry
#Johannesburg #Studiovisits continue with #artists Sam Nhelengethwa, Mary Sibande, Lawrence Lemaoana and artists at the Bag Factory studios. Thank you all for opening your studio and heart for us @outsetart #outsetarttrip #southafricaaet
Paul Nurse, Nobel prize laureate (right), and Sir Richard Lambert, Chairman Trustees British Museum (left,) marvel at Outset Germany_Switzerland's recent donation to the British Museum: "Antiquity Thieves" by Hema Y. Amin (2014, archival pigment photograph, 60 x 80 cm / 23.6 x 31.5 in). Snapshot courtesy Hartwig Fischer, director British Museum.
The artwork has been given to Outset Germany_Switzerland by Heba Y. Amin's gallerist Moiz Zilberman, in acknowledgement of his gratitude for supporting Heba with an artist residency in Künstlerhaus Bethanien in the summer 2016.
#ousetgermanyswitzerland #supportingnewart #hebaamin#hebayamin #britishmuseum #moizzilberman#kuenstlerhausbethanien #richsrdlambert #paulnurse#hartwigfischer #summerresidency #newart #womenart