Our People

Our strength has always been the strength of our network, and the strength of our network is our people. They shape our perfect circle from the outset.

England / HQ

91–93 Baker Street
London W1U 6QQ

+44 (0)20 8127 1570
info@outset.org.uk

Trustees
Micaela Boas
Nicolette Cavaleros
Candida Gertler
John Rushworth
Anna Shields

Candida Gertler OBE

Candida Gertler OBE

Co-Founder, Director, Trustee and Outset Director of Studiomakers Initiative

Candida Gertler co-founded Outset Contemporary Art Fund with Yana Peel in June 2003. Having studied law and journalism in Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg and Geneva and having worked for Spiegel TV, Germany, Candida went on to study contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute. She initiated the contemporary art events as a board member of the British Friends of the Arts Museums of Israel and is Chair of the organization ‘Women in the Arts Lunch’. She co-founded Artprojx and developed its philanthropic arm resulting in the creation of Outset Contemporary Art Fund. Fore more than a decade, Candida serves as Executive Member of the Tate International Council. She was recipient of the 2010 Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage and was acknowledged as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Contemporary Visual Arts and Arts Philanthropy in Her Majesty’s 2015 Birthday Honours List.

Micaela Boas

Micaela Boas

Director, Education Circle and Trustee

Micaela Boas has been involved with Outset since 2005. She graduated with a BA in Latin American Literature from the University of Texas-Austin and an MA in Art and Arts Education from Columbia University. Before moving to London, Micaela was a Programme Director with Teach For America New York and the Arts Director at Explore Charter school in Brooklyn and worked with the schools programs at both the Whitney Museum and MoMA in New York. Micaela began Outset Family in 2008 in a response to the shortage of arts education programs supporting vulnerable children and young people.

Katharina Ottmann

Katharina Ottmann

Director, Productions and Partnerships. Co-Chair, Young Patrons Circle

Katharina Ottmann joined Outset in June 2014. She holds a BA in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan and a MLitt in Modern & Contemporary Art from Christie’s Education, London. Prior to joining Outset, she gained experience in the fine arts sector focusing on the production of exhibitions and led the marketing of AHNDE, a women’s wear label geared to interdisciplinary craftsmanship. Owing to her interests in private/public sector alignment, impact investing and cultural diplomacy, Katharina is actively involved with The Aspen Institute and the NEXUS Global Youth Summit. For the latter, she is working on the Impact Investing and Arts & Healing Working Groups catalyzing entrepreneurial solutions in response to philanthropic concerns.

Holly Hayward

Holly Hayward

Programme Director. Global Communications Director. Development Manager. Co-Chair Young Patrons Circle.

Holly Hayward joined Outset in February 2016. She holds a BA in History from the University of Leeds and a BA in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts. Prior to joining Outset, she worked in investment management in London where she completed CISI Investment Operations Certificate. She gained further experience working for Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles and founding her own non-commercial exhibition space in Peckham, London. As an artist Holly Hayward exhibited internationally from the British Museum, London to Concrete Space, Los Angeles.

Yves Blais

Yves Blais

Project Director, Studiomakers and fig-futures

Yves Blais joined Outset Contemporary Art Fund in January 2016 focusing on the implementation of Studiomakers, a strategic private-public initiative to counteract the loss of affordable creative workspaces in London and the UK. He further curates fig-futures, a programme of week-long exhibitions at regional institutions. Prior to Outset, Yves worked as Assistant Curator at fig-2, produced exhibitions for Modern Art Oxford and his experience extends to the commercial sector programming White Cube’s international art fairs and showroom hangs. Yves graduated from University College London with a Bachelors in Archeology.

Nicolette Cavaleros

Nicolette Cavaleros

Trustee and Outset Director of Studiomakers Initiative

Nicolette was an Associate Partner with strategy consulting firm Monitor Group. She worked with global corporates and governments to resolve strategic stakeholder issues and create development strategies at the intersection of private and public industry (UK, eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and Southern Africa). During her studies in the arts Nicolette worked at the Whitechapel Gallery, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Tate and aspreyjacques gallery.

Nicolette holds a Masters in Digital Art History from Birkbeck College, a Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Art and Design from Christie’s Education, and from the University of the Witwatersrand a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Business Administration) and a Bachelor of Arts.

Elena Hill

Elena Hill

Director, Regional Circle

Elena Hill’s home is in Bath, a Southwest region of England. Elena primarily works in artist moving image with over 12 years of experience. When not supporting Outset as its Southwest regional Director, Elena is the Director of Soda Film + Art Ltd (SoFA), a UK based agency for artist film production with associated publishing. SoFA looks for innovated ways to finance and promote artist moving image projects and feature length films through collaborative responses between the visual arts and the film industry.  Elena set up SoFA as a centralized bureau taking care of all aspects of the film value chain for visual artists. Elena has been key in supporting and mentoring artists wishing to transfer into film both at the beginning of their careers as well as showcasing established artists for a wider audience. Elena set up AMIE (Artist Moving Image Exhibition), a city – wide festival for moving image installations and screenings in 2004. AMIE now sits in Bath School of Art & Design. Elena is interested in art as a tool for change and is particularly interested in high impact socially referenced and environmental projects. Elena divides her time between London and Bath, UK.

Anna Shields

Anna Shields

Trustee

Marta Arenal Llorente

Marta Arenal Llorente

(On Maternity Leave) Programme Director, Development Manager

Marta Arenal Llorente joined Outset in November 2014 after relocating from New York to London. She graduated with a BA in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid, and an MA in Art Business from Nebrija University, Madrid. As a Fulbright Fellow, Marta also earned an MA in Museum Studies from New York University. Prior to joining Outset, Marta worked as assistant researcher for Joachim Pissarro, and has interned at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, the Swiss Institute, and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. In Madrid, Marta worked for art galleries and the festival Les Rencontres Internationales.

Germany_Switzerland

Auguststrasse 69
D-10117 Berlin

Phone +49 (0)30 81725741

Bettina Böhm M.A.
Director

Valeska Hageney
Patrons Relations and Programme Manager
valeska@outset.org.uk

Benita Röver
Development and Programme Manager
benita@outset.org.uk

Bernd Degner
Communications Manager
bernd@outset.org.uk

Office

germany@outset.org.uk

Trustees
Jan Fischer
Ramin Salsali

Bettina Böhm M.A.

Bettina Böhm M.A.

Director

Bettina Böhm M.A. is an art historian with long-standing involvement in charitable causes. She holds an MA in Art History as well as Modern German Philology and History from Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Dusseldorf and followed her dedication to cultural philanthropy as Founding Chairman of the Stiftung für das Museum Folkwang, Essen. Further, she worked closely with private collector Thomas Olbricht on The Olbricht Collection and supported the build-up of a contemporary art gallery over the course of two years. Bettina Böhm was appointed Director of Outset Germany acting officially as of 1st January 2016.

Valeska Hageney

Valeska Hageney

Patrons Relations & Programme Manager

Valeska joined Outset Germany in January 2017. She holds an MA in Art History, Italian Philology and Modern History from Freie University Berlin. Prior to Outset, Valeska worked for various galleries in Berlin and was managing director at a major private collection. She founded the non-commercial exhibition space REH Kunst and was co-curator of the exhibition space Centrum in Berlin. She gained further experience working as an independent author and curator. She co-curated the exhibition „Paperworlds. Childhood Drawings by Contemporary Artists“ which was shown at the me Collectors Room Berlin and at the Buchheim Museum near Munich.

Benita Röver

Benita Röver

Development and Programme Manager

Benita joined Outset Germany in February 2016. She holds a degree in Art History from the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and gained extensive professional experience before turning towards cultural philanthropy. Over 16 years she worked as a Communications Director for several international companies. Thereafter, she looked after the coordination over The Olbricht Collection and further implanted international projects for renowned German sculptor Katharina Fritsch. Benita moreover gained valuable insight into the art market, working on a freelance basis for a gallery of international contemporary art.

Bernd Degner

Bernd Degner

Communications Manager

Bernd joined Outset in November 2011 as a patron and works as a freelance copy writer and project manager in the advertising and marketing industry. He holds a degree in Communications from Munich’s Ludwig Maximilians University and was trained at Deutsche Journalistenschule, Munich.

Israel

36 Galei Tchelet St
Herzliya 4664036

Fax: +97299540697

Iris Rywkind Ben Zour
Director
Projects & Donations
iris@outset.org.il

Nitzan Wolanski
Outset Bialik Residency & Development Director
nitzan@outset.org.il

Noga Shlomi
Patrons Programme, Archive & Media Director
noga@outset.org.il

Iris Rywkind Ben Zour

Iris Rywkind Ben Zour

Director

Iris Rywkind Ben Zour joined Outset in December 2012. Iris has been an Outset patron since 2009 and was a member of the BFAMI Committee (British Friends of Israel Museums). She studied publishing at the London College of Printing, Arts History at Tel Aviv University, Curating and Critical Writing at Central Saint Martin College of Art and holds a diploma in Modern and Contemporary Art Studies from Christie’s education, London. Iris was the initiator and co-editor of the best seller ‘Israel Art Now’ (2009) published by Modan Publishing house. Curated exhibitions and was involved in promoting Israeli art through special projects such as The JCC, London, Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv and The Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv.

Nitzan Wolanski

Nitzan Wolanski

Outset Bialik Residency & Development Director

Nitzan Wolanski joined Outset in November 2011. She holds a BA in Literature and The Multidisciplinary Program in the Arts from Tel Aviv University, and she studied at the Seminar for Visual Culture, Criticism and Theory at Camara Obscura School of Art, Tel Aviv. Nitzan is currently the Director of International Relations at MoBY-museums of Bat Yam. She has previously worked at Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, and at Studio Art Magazine.

Noga Shlomi

Noga Shlomi

Patrons Programme, Archive & Media Director

Noga Shlomi joined Outset in January 2016. She holds a BFA from the Fine Art department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Noga has worked as an assistant and producer for Israeli artist Sigalit Landau, amongst others, during Landau’s creation and production of her exhibition at the Israeli pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. Noga is currently pursuing a master degree program at Tel Aviv University, at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas.

India

20, Gauri Appartments
Rajesh Pilot Lane
New Delhi – 110011

Feroze Gujral
Director
outsetindia@gmail.com

Feroze Gujral

Feroze Gujral

Director

Feroze Gujral founded the Gujral Art Foundation, supporting higher education in the arts. Feroze is also a curator, patron of The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh and a prominent media personality in India.

Netherlands

Fredriksplein 14
Amsterdam 1017 XM
The Netherlands

Luise van Holk
Director
luise@outset.org.uk

Trustees
Carolyn H. Drake
Luise van Holk
Auke van den Hout
Marlof Maks

Luise Van Holk

Luise Van Holk

Director

Luise van Holk joined Outset Netherlands in January 2016. She holds a joint BA in Business and History of Art from the Vienna Business School and University of Vienna. Previously Luise worked in London for AXA ART Insurance as Marketing & Partnership Manager where she was responsible for Sponsorships, Events and Marketing for Northern Europe as well as supporting the Asian and the Middle Eastern teams.

Auke Van Den Hout

Auke Van Den Hout

Finance

Auke van den Hout is board member in charge of finance of Outset Netherlands since its launch in March 2012. He is a European entrepreneur, actively involved in various internet start up companies (Adatus, Consentu, ReturnSocial). He is a well regarded expert on digital media and advertising. Auke also serves on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a global industry group. After a career in investment banking, Auke has been working in the marketing and media industry since 1998. As managing director of publishing group VNU / Claritas Europe, he set up the marketing information business in Europe. Subsequently, he became European CEO of Nasdaq listed data marketing company Acxiom. Auke van den Hout holds a masters degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam and is an alumni from Stanford University.

Greece

89, Amaroussiou Halandriou
Halandri 152 33
Athens

Tel.:+30 211 3007500

Elina Kountouri
Director
elina@outset.org.gr

Malvina Deligianni
Communications Manager
malvina.d@neon.org.gr

Elina Kountouri

Elina Kountouri

Director

Elina Kountouri founded Outset Greece in 2012. She is a corporate affairs and strategy consultant, with a focus on culture and development. Her areas of expertise include issues management analysis, strategy and crisis communications, curatorial proposals development and management of international large-scale projects for multinational companies and NGOs. She developed the international public art installations ‘Crossings’ (2006-2009) for artist Kalliopi Lemos. Currently, she is the Director of NEON. She received an LL.B. from Queen Mary & Westfield College. She was a graduate student at U.C.L. and L.S.E., where she received an LL.M in Maritime Law and an M.Sc. in Political Theory. Elina lives and works in Athens.

Malvina Deligianni

Malvina Deligianni

Digital Co-ordinator

Malvina Deligianni joined NEON and Outset Greece in March 2013, as a Digital coordinator. Malvina has an overall of 10 years’ experience in digital communication, having worked in Athens and London. She graduated from Westminster University with a MA in Public Communications and Public Relations and a major in Desktop Publishing and has a BSc in Management and Tourism from Surrey University.

Alkistis Dimaki

Alkistis Dimaki

Grants Co-ordinator

Alkistis Dimaki joined NEON and Outset Greece in 2014 and is a Grants & Projects Co-ordinator. Alkistis has studied Archaeology & History if Art, and she holds an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Scotland

14/3 Eyre Crescent
Edinburgh EH3 5ET

Kirstie Skinner
Director
kirstie@outset.org.uk

Amy Porteous
Assistant Producer
scotland@outset.org.uk

Trustees
Colin Milne CBE (Chair)
Leigh Hazzard-Burgess (Treasurer)
Diana McMicking (Secretary)
Lauren Dyer Amazeen
Juliet Dean
George Morris
Nadia Sirc

Dr. Kirstie Skinner

Dr. Kirstie Skinner

Director

Dr. Kirstie Skinner established Outset Scotland in 2013, in order to encourage more philanthropic investment in contemporary art in Scotland. Prior to this, Kirstie devised education and curatorial professional development programmes for various institutions, including National Galleries of Scotland, Collective Gallery, Glasgow International Art Festival, Scottish Arts Council, and Contemporary Art Society. She taught for many years at the University of Edinburgh and at Edinburgh College of Art, where she submitted her doctoral thesis, Spectres of Minimalism, in 2010.

Having been engaged in research around Scotland’s public collections for over a decade, Kirstie is now also founding editor of a website on the subject – http://www.collectingcontemporary.org – built in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh while serving as their Fellow in Contemporary Art Theory and Curating 2015/16.

Amy Porteous

Amy Porteous

Assistant Producer

Amy Porteous joined Outset Scotland as Assistant Producer in June 2015, and has steered the development of Outset Scotland Student Circle.  Prior to this, she worked for The Fruitmarket Gallery and Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.  Her wide-ranging background in the arts includes working at Studio Alec Finlay, cataloguing the work of artist Barbara Rae, interning in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library, Archive and Special Books Collection, and for the charity Art in Healthcare, and volunteering in the National Galleries of Scotland Education Department.  She has an MA in History and French from the University of Oxford and an MSC in Modern Art: History, Curating and Criticism from the University of Edinburgh.  Amy currently also works freelance as Studio Assistant to artist, composer and performer Hanna Tuulikki.

Colin Milne CBE

Colin Milne CBE

Chair

Colin is the current Chair of Outset Scotland. He is a lawyer by background, having had a career as a solicitor in private practice for some 20 years before moving on to take up judicial office. He was a litigation partner in the Scottish law firm Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie. Since leaving private practice he has held various judicial posts, eventually taking up office as President of the Employment Tribunals Scotland. Since retiring from that post his core work has been practising as a mediator in employment and discrimination cases. Over the years he has served on a variety of committees and boards relating to the justice system for both the Westminster Government and the Scottish Government, as well as other bodies independent of Government. He also served on the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and has had an involvement in legal education including both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. Apart from his passion for contemporary art, his main interests are photography, hill walking, music and travel. Colin is also an Associate Patron.

Leigh Hazzard-Burgess

Leigh Hazzard-Burgess

Treasurer

Leigh has a far-reaching knowledge of contemporary art and collecting, and is currently forming a network to support new and future collectors in Scotland and beyond. She worked as International & Professional Visits Programmer for British Council Scotland and Assistant Producer at Outset Scotland from 2013 to 2015. She has also held positions at Inverleith House, Edinburgh Art Festival and Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Leigh has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Critical Curating and Gallery Studies.

Lauren Dyer Amazeen

Lauren Dyer Amazeen

Trustee

Lauren is a founding Trustee and Associate Patron of Outset Scotland. She is an independent writer and lecturer, and former director of The Kitchen Center for video, music, performance, dance, literature and film in New York City. She writes regularly for Artforum, and has written for Tema Celeste contemporary art magazine (Milan), Crawford fashion magazine (Athens), Paletten contemporary Swedish arts journal and ArtReview. Lauren is Chair of CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, a trustee of artist-run spaces Market Gallery and David Dale Gallery in Glasgow, a member of the Association of International Art Critics (AICA), a Fellow of the RSA, London, and a member of The Frontline Club. She sits on the Council of Friends of Glasgow School of Art and is a Dennistoun Community Councilor. She has an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and completed postgraduate studies in art history with honors at Radcliffe College, Harvard University.  She also completed studies in visual arts and writing at Bennington College and attended the School of International Training, Vermont.

Juliet Dean

Juliet Dean

Trustee

Juliet is a founding Trustee of Outset Scotland. She is currently Visual Arts Advisor at the British Council where her cultural relations role involves creating opportunities and facilitating connections for the visual arts sector in Scotland with countries overseas. Prior to this, she set up and ran the public art agency PACE with a focus on developing collaborative projects between artists and architects, designers and landscape architects.

Diana McMicking

Diana McMicking

Secretary

Diana has in-depth knowledge of the arts sector in Scotland, having worked with Jupiter Artland from 2004 to 2016.  At its inception she was involved in research and strategy, before focusing on co-founding and managing the Jupiter Artland education and audience engagement foundation.  She developed the extensive learning programme there and managed a team who delivered learning activity to around 15,000 participants per year.  Additionally, she was involved in general organisational strategy and the only director besides the owners.  In 2015-16, she was chosen to take part in the UK-wide Extend Leadership Programme, led by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.  Prior to joining Jupiter Artland, Diana worked in the education sector as a teacher at both primary and secondary level.  Diana is also an Associate Patron.

George Morris

George Morris

Trustee

Currently, George is Chairman of Morris and Spottiswood Limited and a non-Executive Director of Jas Donaldson & Sons.  Formerly, he was Governor of St Columba’s School, Chairman of The Fruitmarket Gallery and a founding Director of the Scottish Family Business Association.  George trained as a solicitor and has an MBA from the University of Melbourne.  He is also involved with YPO, the global business leader network.  Following a partnership between YPO and Outset Scotland in 2013-14, George has joined the board, and he and his wife Jacqui have become Core Patrons.

Nadia Sirc

Nadia Sirc

Trustee

Nadia currently works as a freelance lawyer as part of Vario by Pinsent Masons.  At the moment, her role involves drafting policy for a financial institution.  She is a former partner at law firm Harper Macleod LLP, specialising in debt recovery litigation.  She studied History at the University of Aberdeen, and the Law at the University of Glasgow.  Previously, she was Vice-Chair of CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.  Nadia is also a Core Patron.

Estonia

J. Köleri 28-9
Tallinn 10150
Estonia

Karin Laansoo
Director
karin.laansoo@outset.ee

Annika Toots
Archive Manager
annika.toots@outset.ee

 

Karin Laansoo

Karin Laansoo

Co-Founder and Director

Karin Laansoo launched Outset Estonia in April 2015. After receiving her MA in Art History from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2002, she has worked as a producer and Gallery Manager in Tallinn and New York. Karin has curated numerous exhibitions and projects in the United States and in Europe as well as published the award-winning book 22+ Young Estonian Artists (2005). In 2013 the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs honored Karin for her work in introducing Estonian contemporary culture in New York. She has been the Director of the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) since its founding in 2012.

Maarja Oviir-Neivelt

Maarja Oviir-Neivelt

Co-Founder and Advisor

Maarja Oviir-Neivelt co-founded Outset Estonia in April 2015. After receiving her MA in Law from Northwestern University in the United States, Maarja worked as legal counsel for the London office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and as an attorney in an Estonian law firm. Her philanthropic work extends to providing legal and strategic advice to several nonprofit organizations. Maarja has served as a member of the Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisitions Committee of the Tate Museum since 2014. In 2016 the Estonian government recognized Maarja’s philanthropic work with the honorary title ‘Friend of Culture’.

Kadri Laas

Kadri Laas

Development Manager

Kadri Laas is a cultural manager, art lawyer, and freelance curator based in Tallinn. She obtained her MA in law from the University of Tartu (2011), BA from the department of art history at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2012), and subsequently attended various art business courses at New York University in 2013. Kadri is currently Project Manager for the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC), which is focused on fostering international exposure for Estonian artists as well as developing the contemporary art scene in Estonia. In 2016 she also became Managing Director of the bi-annual Tallinn Photomonth.

Katre Savi

Katre Savi

Patrons Relations

Katre Savi joined Outset in September 2016. She holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Tartu. Katre has extensive experience as a project manager for collaborative international projects – she has been involved in educational, design management, and service design training project in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Outset Estonia, Katre gained valuable insights into the contemporary art scene, working for Temnikova & Kasela Gallery.

Annika Toots

Annika Toots

Archive Manager

Annika Toots has been involved with Outset Estonia since April 2016. Annika is an art historian and a freelance art writer. She holds a MA in Art Theory and is a PhD candidate at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her research is focused on the complex relationship between visual culture and memory, with a particular interest in photography. She has written articles on contemporary art and curated art and book exhibitions. Her latest projects include a book on the studio spaces of contemporary Estonian artists.