Outset England

Founded in 2003, Outset Contemporary Art Fund is a hub for creative funding solutions for contemporary art with patronage at its core. 

Outset is the only international and independent philanthropic organisation raising private and corporate funds to support new art for the public arena.

Under curatorial guidance, Outset’s trustees, patrons and partners support exhibitions, productions, museum acquisitions and capital campaigns to benefit institutions that range in scale from grassroots organisations to leading international museums. 

Outset’s role is to establish and nurture relationships that allow patrons and corporate organisations to support selected art projects through financial assistance and strategic advice.

What sets Outset apart is its involvement with artists and curators at the formative stages of their career, enabling them to realise their visions. 



November 2016 - Outset Contemporary Art Fund has announced a three-year partnership with Tiffany & Co., which will make seven rent-free studios in London available to outstanding MA Fine Art graduates from the Capital's finest art colleges including the Royal Academy Schools, The Royal College of Art, Slade School of Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts and Goldsmiths University of London.

Beneficiaries of the prize will be provided with studios and a shared gallery room in Tottenham, Haringey for the duration of 12 months to lend them fundamental support following their graduation from art college. The prize is part of the strategic private-public partnership - Studiomakers - to sustain the flow of ideas and talent in London through securing accessibility to creative workspaces. 

The first edition of the prize will judged by Francesca Amfitheatrof (Design Director, Tiffany & Co.), Margot Heller OBE (Director, South London Gallery), Eddie Peake (Artist), Justine Picardie (Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country UK) and Sam Thorne (Director, Nottingham Contemporary) and bestowed in September 2017. 

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