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Outset Contemporary Art Fund is a philanthropic organisation dedicated to supporting new art by bringing private funding from its patrons, partners and trustees to public museums and art projects. Since its inception in 2003 the foundation has supported a range of projects at leading visual arts institutions, from exhibitions, education and residency programmes to publications and capital campaigns. Outset has chapters in England, Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Greece, Scotland and the United States.

Outset Netherlands was launched in 2012 to support contemporary art for public institutions in the Netherlands. The organisation supports a range of programmes such as exhibitions, acquisitions and art projects. The main focus is to offer young and emerging artists a place in Dutch public art institutions by supporting their first solo exhibitions in museums. Patrons are invited to curator-led gallery tours, studio visits, talks and international trips which are often linked to the projects which Outset supports, allowing for a deeper understanding of the artists and organisations that work with Outset.


OUTSET | UNSEEN Exhibition Fund 2016 – Ren Hang (CH, 1987) - In honour of the Outset | Unseen Exhibition Fund, the independent curatorial committee consisting of Alona Pardo (UK), Thomas Dukes (UK) and Carolyn H. Drake (NL) selected artist REN CHANG (CH, 1987) at this year's edition of Unseen, the fair for contemporary photography in Amsterdam. ... Read More

ZACHARY FORMWALT - THREE EXCHANGES - A year ago, together with Mondrian Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Outset Netherlands supported the exhibition Three exchanges from Zachary Formwalt at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. ... Read More

HEDWIG HOUBEN | NOMINEE PRIX DE ROME 2015 - Outset-supported artist Hedwig Houben is one of the four nominated artists for the Prix de Rome 2015. ... Read More

HEDWIG HOUBEN LIAF 2015 - Outset Netherlands supported Hedwig Houben’s presentation of 'Imitator Being Made' at Lofoten International Arts Festival (LIAF), Dissapearing Acts, in Norway in August 2015. ... Read More


In April 2015 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam showed Tino Sehgal’s (DE/UK,1974) This is so contemporary (2004) alongside Kiss (2002) in the collection rooms at the upper floor. The works were part of  the first major survey of the German/British artist which the museum organised throughout the year.

The overview unfolded during 12 months and 18 chapters. The Stedelijk Museum presented the live work of this radical artist nonstop for 365 days, from opening to closing time. Conceived as a consecutive series of twelve presentations, the exhibition featured different works or 'situations' from Sehgal’s oeuvre each month, enacted in different gallery spaces.

Outset generously supported the situation This is so contemporary in April 2015. 


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