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 gifted numerous works of art to public museums across the world, and 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, the United States and Estonia.

Outset Scotland's patrons are committed to enabling ambitious contemporary art to flourish in Scotland, augmenting Scotland's public collections with gifted artworks, and supporting a range of artists' commissions, exhibitions, and residency/education programmes.  Outset Scotland's patrons are active participants in the art scene in Scotland and further afield, with regular visits behind the scenes and lively discussions about the creation and collection of art with artists, curators and other professionals.

Outset Scotland's initial development was supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.




GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL 2016 - Outset Scotland is thrilled to announce that it is supporting three projects in Glasgow International 2016: Châteaux Double Wide, an intimate, salon-style environment conceived by artists Urara Tsuchiya and Zoe Williams; Roving Machines and Middlemen, a collaborative project with artist Corin Sworn and design label Trakke, curated by Katy West as part of Bothy Stores; and Claire Barclay at Kelvin Hall, a new commission within the GI Director’s Programme for 2016. ... Read More

PUBLIC EVENTS IN NOVEMBER 2015 - Outset Scotland is proud to be funding three public discussion events this November, as part of our ongoing support for two projects: the curator-led Turner Prize Talks at Tramway in Glasgow, and Collective’s Constellation programme, a series of events taking place during the development of the City Observatory Complex. ... Read More

FUTURE PROJECTS ANNOUNCED - Outset Scotland is supporting two commissions this autumn. Margaret Salmon’s new film, Eglantine (working title) is currently in post-production, while Nicolas Deshayes has created a striking new body of sculpture at Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Darling, Gutter is open from 26 September to 12 December 2015. ... Read More

Collecting Contemporary 

In her capacity as Curatorial Fellow 2015/16 at the University of Edinburgh, Outset Scotland Director Kirstie Skinner is creating a new website exploring public collecting, launching in February 2016.

What does it mean to bring works of art together in a collection? What is distinctive about each collection? How, and indeed why, should contemporary art be collected? Museum curators, private collectors, and artists themselves, are constantly asking these vital questions. These debates usually happen behind the scenes, but this website brings them to the fore for the first time, drawing on extensive interviews with curators working around the country, and offering stimulating fresh perspectives on our collections.

Marking the launch, a symposium on Tuesday 16th February at the grand Playfair Library explores innovative curating and collecting practices in Scotland's museums and beyond. Featuring a keynote from Alistair Hudson, Director of MIMA and member of the Turner Prize Jury in 2015, and talks from Rose Lejeune, originating curator of the Collecting the Ephemeral project, and Lindsay Taylor, Art Curator at University of Salford, there will also be further contributions from Kirstie, Alex Hetherington, Katie Bruce, Sacha Waldron, Neil Lebeter, Kirsten Lloyd, Tina Fiske, and ECA Principal, Chris Breward.

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