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Outset awards grants to museums and galleries, as directed by our patrons in a consensus-driven journey each year, led by an independent research fellow.
The charity is governed by a board of seven trustees who all have an equal vote and responsibility in ensuring that the executive team and operation is being efficiently managed in line with our Articles of Association, and the Charity Commission guidelines. Our most recent set of audited accounts can be found by clicking here.

Trustees
Micaela Boas
Nicolette Cavaleros
Roland Cowan
Candida Gertler OBE
Veronique Parke
Anna Shields
Anne-Marie Tong

Contact
Somerset House, South Wing
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

info@outset.org.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.

Nicolette Cavaleros

Nicolette Cavaleros

Co-Director and Trustee

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.

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.
Jack Charlesworth

Jack Charlesworth

Associate Director

Jack joined Outset in 2017 with a focus on the charity’s operations, overseeing the executive team 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, 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 to Turner Prize nominee Monster Chetwynd, and was part of the inaugural team at Nottingham Contemporary when it launched as a new hub for art in the midlands under director Alex Farquharson.

Margot Dower

Margot Dower

Grants & Research Coordinator

Margot Dower is a writer and printmaker from Cape Town based in London. She has previously worked in non-profit arts institutions and small galleries, including A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town and Bold Tendencies in Peckham, London. In January 2019 she interned at Outset, and credits this experience with her interest in working at the interaction of contemporary art and philanthropy. She is particularly interested in working to find ways of communicating Outset’s work through publications and printed matter. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cape Town majoring in Printmaking and Art History, and an MA in Writing from the Royal College of Art.

Hannah Gauntlett

Hannah Gauntlett

Events Programme & Communications Manager

Hannah comes to Outset Contemporary Art Fund from a background in social impact documentary and film festival digital production, and for the past 3 years has worked with filmmakers to bring their work to new audiences through outreach, event programming and digital marketing. Based between London and Brighton, Hannah is passionate about the relationship between art and social change, and is excited to join an organisation which contributes so much to this unique and integral space.

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.

Candida Gertler OBE

Candida Gertler OBE

Co-Founder, Co-Director, and Trustee

Candida Gertler co-founded Outset Contemporary Art Fund in June 2003. Having studied law and journalism in Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg and Geneva and 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 was Chair of their ‘Women in the Arts Lunch’ for 15 years. She co-founded Artprojx and developed its philanthropic arm resulting in the creation of Outset Contemporary Art Fund. For 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. Since 2022 Candida is chairing the Board of Avni Institute which was founded in 1936. In 2023 she received an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths College.

Veronique Parke

Veronique Parke

Trustee (Chair)

Veronique de Champvallier Parke is a collector and philanthropist. She has established a strong commitment to the arts through her leadership in many international arts organisations and initiatives, including Outset Contemporary Art Fund (Chair of Trustees), Fluxus Art Projects (Vice Chairman), Amis du Centre Pompidou (Trustee), and Member of the Tate International Council. In 2018, she co-founded LaunchPad LaB, an artists’ residency programme in Charente, France. Having earned her law degree in France, an MBA from the Stern School, NYU and a Masters in Contemporary Art Studies from The University of Manchester, UK, Veronique has combined her professional skills with personal passions to develop a track record of nurturing both successful arts organisations and the thriving careers of artists, whose work she has collected and followed.

Mollie Sanders

Mollie Sanders

Partnership Development Manager

Mollie joins Outset Contemporary Art Fund with a background in the gallery and museum sector, having worked in Tate’s Development division for over three years across corporate partnerships and individual giving. Most recently, she managed relationships with some of Tate’s key corporate partners, including working with Hyundai Motor Company on the annual Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Having studied History of Art at the University of Bristol and with a Masters degree in Art Market and Appraisal, Mollie is keen to work on Outset’s exciting and innovative projects and to share her enthusiasm for the visual arts with Outset’s supporters. 

Anna Shields

Anna Shields

Trustee

Germany_Switzerland

Bettina Böhm

Bettina Böhm

Director (until October 2021)

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.

Elena Schlöndorff

Elena Schlöndorff

Programme & Marketing Director (until October 2021)

Elena Schlöndorff joined Outset in April 2020. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in business psychology, she realized her passion for pursuing the arts. She consequently did a number of internships at galleries and auction houses before going on to doing her MA in Arts & Cultural Management at King’s College, London. Before joining Outset she worked at the German art magazine BLAU.

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

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.

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

Prinsengracht 11a
Amsterdam 1015 DK
The Netherlands

Gwen van der Meer
Director
gwennvdm@googlemail.com

For Programme & Communications:
outsetnl@outset.org.uk

Trustees
Auke van den Hout (treasurer)
Marlof Maks (secretary)

RSIN
8514.92.216

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.

 

Daan Knijnenburg

Daan Knijnenburg

Programme & Communication

Daan joined Outset Netherlands in September 2019, having recently graduated from the Reinwardt Academy in Amsterdam with a BA in Cultural Heritage. During his studies, he worked for socio-political contemporary art space Framer Framed in Amsterdam.

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

Athens, Greece
greece@outset.org.gr

Artemis Stamatiadis
Director

Rallou Avramidou
Head of Research and Development

 

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Artemis Stamatiadis

Artemis Stamatiadis

Director

Artemis Stamatiadis joined OUTSET.Greece in January 2017, as Grants Co-ordinator and became Director in 2021. She graduated with BA Degrees in History of Art & Architecture and in Archaeology from Brown University (USA). She holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University (USA). Prior to joining OUTSET.Greece, Artemis worked at a number of institutions including NEON Organization for Culture and Development, Greece; Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Gladstone Gallery, New York.

Rallou Avramidou

Rallou Avramidou

Head of Research and Development

Rallou Avramidou joined Outset Greece in September 2022 as Head of Research and Development. She holds an MA in Digital Museology from the University of Leicester (UK) and graduated with a BA degree in Conservation of Antiquities and Artworks from the University of West Attica (GR) and a Post Diploma of Arts in Education from Ionian University (GR). She has more than fourteen years of significant experience in matters of cultural management, development strategies and community liaison. From the beginning of her career as a Cultural Professional, she has worked with internationally established visual artists and organisations such as Athens Biennale, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture, Athens Epidaurus Festival, Art Athina, Benaki Museum, Zoumboulakis Galleries. She is a Board Member of the ‘Delta Pi \ Diadromes Politismou N.P.O.’ an internationally oriented organization which has successfully produced and curated 200 cultural works in diverse disciplines since 2012. 

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.