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 Kittlemann, 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
"And I am weary weary, o" a detail of the very moving Slave's Lament by @graham_fagen on now @natgalleriessco Snaps don't do it justice - need to see/hear/feel the might of Robert Burns, Sally Beamish, Ghetto Priest and Adrian Sherwood brought together by Graham Fagen. #outsetscotland @hospitalfield @scotlandvenice #slaveslament #videoart #musicinart #robertburns #contemporaryart #mondaymotivation #art #artoftheday #instaart
Outset Israel patrons having an interesting morning at the Max Liebling house and the city museum (Beit Ha'ir), both located at the heart of Tel Aviv, at #Bialik #street.
Thank you: The Liebling Project people-curator Hila Cohen Schneiderman, director Sharon Golan Yaron, curator Nirit Nelson, And artists Shay Zilberman, Irit Tamari and Lou Moria.
Special thanks to the Prettimess crew!#TheWhitecitycenter #telaviv #tlv #outset #outsetart #israel #art #city #liebling #lieblingproject #prettimess
Interesting presentation by Renzo Martens last night at OUTSET; here showing distribution of white cubes & plantations 'The Repatriation of the White Cube' by Lusanga International Research Centre for Art & Economic Equality.
#contemporaryart #renzomartens #congo #whitecube #gallery #art #lusangainternationalresearchcentreonartandeconomicinequality #instaart #artoftheday #london #outsetart #repost @alimacgilp
#LOVESTORY featuring @_juliannemoore and I, now open at the #VeniceBiennale Directed by #CandiceBreitz and co-commissioned by OUTSET for the #SAVenice2017 #AlecBaldwin #JulianneMoore www.candicebreitz.net
#venicebiennale #contemporaryart #outsetart #outsetgermanyswitzerland #videoart #instaart #artoftheday
Thanks to Lauren Printy Currie for sharing with #outsetscotland patrons the origins of a new body of work inspired by @womenslibrary. We are delighted to be supporting the residency and commission. Look/listen out for the exhibition this summer on board @travellinggallery. @laurenprinty #residency #gwl #poetictitles #librarybooks
Congratulations to Outset Germany_Switzerland supported artist Anne Imhof who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2017!!! She represented Germany at the German Pavilion. #venicebiennale #venicebiennale2017 #anneimhof #germanpavilion #contemporaryart #artoftheday #instaart
3,500 kilometers from #Venice, #OutsetArt Israel #patrons visited the Petach Tikva #museum, at the group #exhibition'Citizens'. With #curator Neta Gal-Azmon, and artists Zohar Gotesman and Mika and Avi Miligrom.
The exhibition was conceived in response to social inclinations currently challenging around the world.
Thanks to @rachelannamaclean and all the @scotlandvenice team for an ace night in the cloisters. "Spite your Face" is astonishing and #outsetscotland is very proud to have supported it. #artoftheday #spiteyourface #venicebiennale #scotland #pinnochio
Great article by @Alexxa Gotthardt
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-venice-biennales-11-best-pavilions -> 2 among them (the German and the South African Pavilions feature artists whose work has been supported by Outset Germany_Switzerland. With substantial sums of money - but then Art is priceless! :-)
#outsetgermanyswitzerladn #outsetart #labiennale2017 #veneziabiennale2017 #venicebiennale2017 #venice #biennalevenedig2017 #giardini #anneimhof #germanpavilion #deutscherpavillon #pavillonallemand #candeicebreitz #southafricanpavilion #greatart #outsetcontemporaryartfund #phillips
Congrats to #OutsetEstonia supported artist Katja Novitskova! Opening today at 4pm at Palazzo Malipiero 🎈#ifonlyyoucouldseewhativeseenwithyoureyes #katjanovitskova #estonianpavilion2017 #venicebiennale2017