Led by Dr Kirstie Skinner from 2012 to 2019, Outset Scotland was an independent philanthropic chapter within the Outset network. Outset Scotland’s mission to benefit of artists, organisations and audiences in Scotland was supported by 35 donors contributing a total of £350,000. In August 2019, Outset Scotland merged with Outset England, which then became known as Outset UK.
Over its 7 years, working intensively with its donors and thinking strategically about commissioning and public collecting in Scotland, Outset Scotland championed 65 artists, enabled 45 new projects, and made a significant difference to 10 public collections.
Alongside support for new commissions and gifts to public collections, in 2017–18 Outset Scotland initiated a major nation-wide scheme to cultivate curatorial leadership in collections (CLiC). The programme, delivered in partnership with Scottish Contemporary Art Network (SCAN), engaged with more than 100 professionals including museum directors, directors of service and senior policy makers from local government and the university sector. Advocacy with funders, CLiC mentorship and shared project learning meant that CLiC partners raised £300,000 in additional funds for their collections during the pilot.
With collector Robin Hardie, Outset Scotland pioneered a new model for donating moving image works to museums – by August 2019, works had entered collections at University of Edinburgh, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow Museums and the National Galleries of Scotland, with more donations expected to follow.