England

Outset Partners

£25000 per year

How does it work?

Drawing on Outset’s sixteen years of expertise in pioneering arts philanthropy, Outset Partners was formed in 2018, a new community of dynamic philanthropists, committed to recognising where vital support is needed at the core of the creative ecosystem.

A pioneering model for patronage, Outset Partners have a distinct international profile, including individuals from France, Colombia, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, the Philippines, Germany, Greece, USA and the United Kingdom. All are experts and entrepreneurs in their respective fields of philanthropy, education, the art market, fashion, finance, museums, architecture, and jewellery, amongst many other activities, and focus on advancing transformation and sustainability at institutions, the inclusion of diverse communities, important educational initiatives, and inspiring projects internationally.

As an Outset Partner, you underwrite and drive the outcome of exceptional art projects that would not happen without your support.

We prepare rigorously for our projects with research, running due diligence and taking informed risks to ensure funding has the best possible impact. If you have a similar eye for detail, you can allocate funds to specific projects as a Partner – following their development and having direct involvement from the outset.

Through our international network and local representation in eight chapters across Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, our Partners attain national and international exposure with their support of new art, which can be scaled according to their needs and ambitious goals. Together, we respond strategically to real needs in the contemporary art ecosystem and inspire audiences along the way.

Outset Partners fund, select and drive five yearly CORE GRANTS of £25k each and one TRANSFORMATIVE GRANT of £150k for an initiative which catalyses the institution’s performance, production, and outreach.

For more information, please contact Jack Charlesworth at jack@outset.org.uk

What does being a Patron unlock?

Outset’s collaborative approach connects you to the extensive Outset network and allows your participation and involvement in every stage of the project such as:

  • Access to the Outset’s Partners Programme including specially curated international trips, studio visits, openings and tours
  • Planning sessions with high-profile institutions and guest speakers
  • Meetings with the artists and curators
  • Exhibition openings and project launches
  • Participation in Outset Annual General Meetings
  • In-depth analysis of the arts ecosystem
  • Active decision-making process
  • Early access to urban development sites and insight into capital planning around the creative industries
  • VIP passes to international art fairs and access to VIP programmes
  • Reports on the impact your support makes
Why does it matter?
  • Supporting new art.
  • Scaling impact.
  • Reaching audiences.
  • Creating values and legacy for the long term.
  • Personally driving transformation from the outset

Professionals Circle

min. donation of £3000 per year

How does it work?

Our Outset Professionals are the next wave of entrepreneurial-minded philanthropists. Drawing on 15 years of pioneering solutions to support new art, we invite you to address the complex pressures facing the creative community in the UK today. Your portfolio of supported projects will focus on transformative art projects benefitting both urban and regional communities, artists’ and curators’ professional development, keynote publications, and Studiomakers, a private-public initiative led by Outset, in support of the Mayor of London’s mission to protect affordable space for artists and creative professionals for the long term.

Your 2018 Portfolio 

Outset Curatorial Fellowship at Cubitt Artists, London

fig-futures supported by Outset x Arts Council England x Art Fund, Exhibitions across the UK

Outset x Groundwork, A season of international art in Cornwall

Outset x Block Universe Commission, Performance Art Festival, London

Studiomakers, in support of the mission of the Mayor of London, Greater London

Publication of Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss

 

With every new project, you see it develop from the outset.

 

What does being a Patron unlock?

25 tailored events per year

  • Studio visits | Meet today’s most exciting artists in London and on our international trips
  • Project insights | Go behind the scenes to encounter the artists, curators and institutions and their processes first-hand
  • Collection visits | Enjoy Director-led access to some of the most thought-provoking exhibitions and important collections of our time
  • Outset Talks | Join the debate as we convene artists and curators to share their perspectives on vibrant agendas from the Outset x Arts Council England Symposium to panel discussions at the Outset x Gaia Art Foundation Hub, Somerset House
  • Studiomakers Tours | Become an insider on London’s changing property landscape and cultural development plans on tours exploring project spaces, studio blocks, architecture and history across Greater London led by Curator and Studio Provider Will Lunn

2 international trips per year

  • Join the adventure as we unlock some of the most fascinating cultural destinations and cultural hubs in the making
Why does it matter?

Supporting new art.
Scaling impact.
Reaching audiences.
Creating values and legacy for the long term.
Ensuring the continuous reinvention of culture.

Regional Patrons Circle

£3000 Corporate Regional Patron / £1500 Regional Patron / £750 Associate Patron per year

How does it work?

Our Regional Patrons Circle is a group of like-minded individuals whose gifts are pooled for collective impact. Your contribution enables institutional collecting, exhibition support and art projects that further the exchange between a regional and international visual arts discourse.

Together, you are supporting contemporary art in the South West region of England.

With every new project, you see it develop from the outset.

What does being a Patron unlock?
  • Behind the scenes encounters with artists, curators and professionals
  • Visits to private collections
  • Curator-led tours of emerging and leading institutions and galleries
  • Expert-led regional and international trips
  • Invitation to the Outset Annual General Meeting, showcasing the best of contemporary art at planning stage
  • Invitation to the annual Outset Artists Picnic in London
  • VIP passes to international art fairs, with challenging public programmes
  • Reports on the impact your support makes
Why does it matter?

Supporting new art.

Scaling impact.

Reaching audiences.

Creating values and legacy for the long term.

Ensuring the continuous reinvention of culture.