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

Outset is more than a philanthropic organisation supporting cultural agents. In a landscape where contemporary art has been overlooked for decades it extends the very terms and possibilities for an art scene to grow.

Helena Papadopoulos, Founder of Radio Athènes

With an unerring eye for the great work of art that has yet to be born, Outset combines enlightened patronage with lightness of touch to help artist – and curators – realise their dreams. It is their support that makes London a cultural crucible.

Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery

Whilst the financial support Outset provide to the arts is much needed and gratefully received, their real gift is the ability to identify a problem and solve it. Whether it be helping institutions to build their collections or helping London to save its creative spaces, Outset do not just fund, they find creative solutions and contribute in a vital way to the cultural ecology.

Charlotte Appleyard, Director of Development, Royal Academy of Arts

The need for outstanding creative education is particularly acute in the industrial areas of the Midlands and the North of England, where Outset’s support during 2019/20 will enable us to work with young people from 15 schools, and achieve wider impact through teacher training and object loans. We look forward to discussing the project further with you as it progresses.  We are delighted to be partnering with Outset on this initiative, which simply could not take place without the exceptional commitment of the Partners.

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria & Albert Museum

We are delighted to have this generous support from Outset. As an organisation dedicated to supporting public institutions with private means it has become a vital stimulus for creating and presenting contemporary art. Outset values art as a public good and positive contribution to society. Our museums are also committed to those goals and we will use the Transformational Grant to experiment with ways to repurpose the museum as a new social power plant to collectively generate ways of navigating the huge economic and political transition ahead.

Charles Esche, Director of Van Abbemuseum and Alistair Hudson, Director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, recipients of the 2019 Outset Partners Transformative Grant

Thanks to our partnership with Outset, we have been able to identify and address a real and growing issue being experienced by young artists in London. With the creation of the Tiffany & Co. x Outset Studiomakers prize, by 2019, we will have funded 21 young artists with a workspace for a year to begin their careers; an accomplishment we are extremely proud of.

Barratt West, Vice President, Managing Director, Tiffany & Co., UK

It is such an honour to partner with Outset in launching the hub at Somerset House. We hope this space will become a place of artistic exchanges and multi-disciplinary collaborations – accelerating solutions for creative professionals and businesses alike.

Maria Bukhtoyarova, Founder, Gaia Art Foundation

Outset has brought new energy and imagination to contemporary art by supporting artists that explore new ideas and institutions that seek new paths… The Outset Frieze Tate Fund has brought many important works by emerging artists into the national collection, making it possible for Tate to share some of the exciting developments in contemporary art with a broad public

Sir Nicholas Serota, former Director, Tate

What we do

We are an 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.

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