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
Outset Germany_Switzerland in the press: Art Column in BUNTE magazine by art consultant Mon Müllerschön on Outset's General Annual Meeting @ Museum Brandhorst and fundraising for the arts.#outsetgermanyswitzerland #monmuellerschoen #monmüllerschön #museumbrandhorst #fundraising #privatecollection #bettinaboehm #kirstenschrick #susigelb #weihnachtsmann #santaclaus #christmas #seasonsgreetings #happyholidays #passionforart #passionforarts
#phillips #auctioneer is going to #support #outsetgermanyswitzerland for the #3rdTimeInARow #philanthropy #meets #sponsorship#ThePerfectCollaboration We are as #proud as #gratful That helps us to help #PublicInstitutions #museums #contemporaryart #outsetart#happy2018 like a #christmaspresent
An interview with Iris Rywkind Ben Zour, Outset Israel director, was just published @artpremium #magazine, winter 2018 edition, with works by Outset supported artists Nevet Yitzhak, Tzibi Geva, Dor Guez, and Outset Bialik Residency guest Ibrahim Mahama. Thanks📷 @nuritzalsman #outserart #outset_il #israel #artinisrael #אמנותישראלית #אאוטסט #ארטפרמיום
10 February - 15 April 2018
Outset Germany_Switzerland proudly presentsJudith Hopf
Stepping StairsImage: Judith Hopf, Untitled (LaptopMan2), 2010, Installation view Frac Île de France Le Plateau, ParisThe exhibition is kindly supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Stiftung Kunstfonds. The permanent commission is supported and donated by OUTSET Germany_Switzerland.#outsetgermanyswitzerland #judithhopf #kunstwerkeberlin #laptopman #steppingstairs #frac #leplateau #artinparis #berlin #auguststrasse
Outset_GermanySwitzerland looks back to a most successful year, which is why we partied with Katia Baudin, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Dirk Luckow, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Krist Gruijthuijsen, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Gabi Ngcobo, Berlin Biennale , Bernhart Schwenk, Pinakothek der Moderne, Mirjam Varadinis Manifesta Biennial and many more.#OutsetGermanySwitzerland #greatyear2017 #KatiaBaudin #KunstmuseenKrefeld #DirkLuckow #Deichtorhallen #KristGruijthuijsen #KWInstituteforContemporaryArt #kunstwerke #GabiNgcobo #BerlinBiennale #BernhartSchwenk #PinakothekderModerne #MirjamVaradinis #ManifestaBiennial #gabiczoeppan #focusmagazine
Great analysis of journalist #christianemeixner in the german weekly #diezeit on why museums need donations #philanthropy #pilanthropicwork ##artdonation #museumdonation #outsetgermanyswitzerland #artbudget #outsetart
Dorotheum x Outset panel discussion about collecting VR art works for our Young Patrons with Ralph Rugoff (Director, Hayward Gallery) Lawrence Lek (Artist) Attilia Fattori Franchini (Curator) Martina Batovic (Director Dorotheum London) & Sylvain Levy (Co-Founder dslcollection) Thank you to @dorotheum for kindly hosting us and thank you to everyone joining for what was an interesting discussion around the ways that #art is continuously challenged and advanced through technological innovation. •
#artoftheday #instaart #contemporaryart #philanthropy #london #aboutlastnight
Artist Gil Marco Shani and curator Aya Miron presented BUSES project @israelmuseum_arts Opening March 2018. Outset Israel will support this thoughtful work. Painting: Lovers and bus, 2008 #outsetart #outsetisrael #patrons #newproject #bus #gilmarcishani #ayamiron #אאוטסט #גילמרקושני #איהמירון #מוזיאוןישראל #אוטובוס
Congratulations to Tanzanian artist Lubaina Himid for winning the 2017 Tuner Prize!Here is a work that Outset purchased for the Tate Collection in 2014 by Himid. You can view 'The Carrot Piece' (1985) at Tate Britain. The work was purchased from Frieze Art Fair using funds from our generous patrons for the Outset Frieze Tate Fund. • The Carrot Piece shows a white man failing to tempt a black woman with a carrot. Her arms are already full with everything she needs. Himid says that when the work was made, cultural institutions ‘needed to be seen’ to be integrating black people into their programmes and ‘we as black women understood how we were being patronised ... to be cajoled and distracted by silly games and pointless offers. We understood, but we knew what sustained us… and what we really needed to make a positive cultural contribution: self-belief, inherited wisdom, education and love.’ • @lubainahimid @lubainapics @tate @friezeartfair
Congratulations to Outset Estonia supported artist Katja Novitskova for the Young Cultural Figure Award 2017 given by Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid ! 💫 Photo by Mihkel Maripuu #welldeserved #bestnews #2017 #outsetestonia