People

Outset UK / HQ

Somerset House, South Wing
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

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

Trustees
Micaela Boas
Nicolette Cavaleros
Roland Cowan
Candida Gertler OBE
Veronique Parke
John Rushworth
Anna Shields

Candida Gertler OBE

Candida Gertler OBE

Co-Founder, Director, and Trustee

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.

Jack Charlesworth

Jack Charlesworth

Associate Director

Jack joined Outset in 2017 with a focus on the charities operations, as well as managing the patrons programme, productions and corporate partnerships. Having completed his degree in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh, Jack worked in luxury hospitality and events for corporate clients including Coutts, Barclays Premiere, Investec, Conde Nast and James Thomson’s Hotel Collection. Prior to Outset, Jack worked for the Royal Collection, stationed between Buckingham Palace and Clarence House during their seasonal openings to the public, was a studio assistant for Turner Prize Nominee Monster Chetwynd, and was further a part of the inaugural team at Nottingham Contemporary when it launched as a new hub for art in the midlands under director Alex Farquharson.

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.

William Austin

William Austin

Studiomakers Project Manager

William joined Outset in 2019 bringing a decade of experience in the affordable workspace sector to the groundbreaking Studiomakers initiative. An artist himself, William founded his own studio provider ‘Southwark Studios’ and negotiated pioneering agreements that secured new workspaces in South London. Using this specialist knowledge and experience William is now working for Studiomakers across Greater London with developers, local councils and studio providers to increase the supply of long-term affordable spaces for the entire creative sector.

Isabel Sachs

Isabel Sachs

Events and Communications Manager

Isabel Sachs joined Outset in August 2018 as the Events and Communications Manager

Nina Montironi

Nina Montironi

Outset Intern, 2019

Charlotte Leseberg Smith

Charlotte Leseberg Smith

Development Assistant

Charlotte has recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh, with a first in Art History and English Literature BA (Hons). She first joined Outset in 2017 with the Scotland chapter, helping them form their Young Patrons programme, and has since moved to Outset England, following a summer internship in 2018. She spent her year abroad at the University of Miami, where she was involved closely with local outreach programmes as well as Miami History Museum.

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.

Micaela Boas

Micaela Boas

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.

Anna Shields

Anna Shields

Trustee

Roland Cowan

Roland Cowan

Trustee

Roland Cowan is an architect. He graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture with degrees in both design and architecture. His architecture and design practice is based in Notting Hill London.
In addition to offering his clients an art advisory role, Roland is a serious contemporary art collector.
Roland is involved in a number of initiatives within the contemporary art world.  He has assisted a number of smaller galleries and independent artists to help develop programmes and project funding strategies.
As a trustee of Outset, Roland has a growing involvement in a number programmes.  These include the Partners art funding application steering committee, international chapters, new joint funding projects, and the Studiomakers initiative.
Veronique Parke

Veronique Parke

Trustee

John Rushworth

John Rushworth

Trustee

Germany_Switzerland

Auguststrasse 69
10117 Berlin
Phone +49 (0)30 81725741
germany@outset.org.uk

Bettina Böhm M.A.
Director

Essi Kalima
Director Philanthropy Development & Marketing
kalima@outset.org.uk

Bettina Klein (on maternity leave 2020)
Development & Programme Director
klein@outset.org.uk

Karl zu Reventlow
Development & Programme Director
reventlow@outset.org.uk

PRESS
presse@outset.org.uk

SOCIAL MEDIA
FBT

Trustees
Jan Fischer
Ramin Salsali

Bettina Böhm

Bettina Böhm

Director

Bettina Böhm 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. Member of the Artnet AG Advisory Board since May 2018.

Bettina Klein

Bettina Klein

Development & Programme Director

Bettina Klein joined Outset in May 2019. She holds an MA in Arts Management from University Maastricht (UM) and has worked in the international art market for over a decade at renowned institutions such as Art Dubai and Sfeir-Semler Gallery. Bettina lived in the UAE from 2007-2016 and is an expert on the contemporary Middle Eastern art scene. She continues to facilitate connections with the region.
Further she is a member of the External Advisory Board of UM and founding member of the UM Art and Culture Alumni chapter in Berlin.

Essi Kalima

Essi Kalima

Director Philanthropy Development & Marketing

Israel

7 Bilu St
Tel Avi 6522212

Mirav Katri
Director
Projects & Donations
mirav@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

Mirav Katri

Mirav Katri

Director

Mirav Katri joined outset Israel in January 2019. Mirav is an independent art curator who’s work has been dedicated to promoting Israeli contemporary artists locally and internationally through innovative exhibitions and programmes.
Mirav works very closely with Israeli artists representing them, providing them with opportunities for solo exhibitions in unconventional spaces, placing them in important international collections, and raising funds for their exhibitions. Mirav worked with the Israeli UN mission in Geneva to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the state of Israeli, showcasing contemporary Israeli Art in Geneva.
Mirav holds a BSc in Manufacturing Engineering with Management from Kings College London and an MSc in Analysis Design and Management of Information Systems from the LSE.
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.

Iris Ben Zour

Iris Ben Zour

Board Chairman

Iris Rywkind Ben Zour is the Chair of Outset Israel.

Iris was Outset Israel Director from October 2012 till December 2018.  Formerly, she was a member of the BFAMI Committee (British Friends of Israel Museums). Iris studied publishing at the London College of Printing, Art 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. Iris curated exhibitions, 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.

 

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

Stephanie Schuitemaker
Director
stephanie@outset.org.uk

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

Stephanie Schuitemaker

Stephanie Schuitemaker

Director

Stephanie Schuitemaker joined Outset Netherlands in 2018. Since 2016 Stephanie organises with her company SCHUIT exhibitions with wearable art and performance supporting young emerging artists and designers. She holds a BA in Finance and International Economics from the University of Amsterdam and a minor in History of Art. Currently she is doing a masters at the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam specialising in exhibiting and market development for wearable art and performance.

 

Luise Van Holk

Luise Van Holk

Board Member

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. Luise has been working as Director of Development for Art Night, an all-night contemporary arts festival in London, since 2017 and has previously worked for AXA ART Insurance as Marketing & Partnership Manager.
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
greece@outset.org.gr

Elina Kountouri
Director

Artemis Stamatiadi
Grants Coordinator

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.

Artemis Stamatiadis

Artemis Stamatiadis

Grants Co-ordinator

Artemis Stamatiadis joined Outset Greece in January 2017, as Grants Co-ordinator. She graduated with BA Degrees in History of Art and Architecture and in Archeology from Brown University and with an MA Degree in Museum Studies from New York University. Prior to joining Outset Greece, Artemis worked at numerous institutions including Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Gladstone Gallery, New York. She is also Project Assistant at NEON Organization.

Estonia

Karin Laansoo
Director
Outset Estonia / Kai Art Center
Peetri 12, Noblessner
Tallinn 10415
Estonia
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.