Outset Contemporary Art Fund
Outset Contemporary Art Fund was founded by Candida Gertler and Yana Peel in 2003 as a philanthropic organisation dedicated to supporting new art. The United Kingdom based charitable foundation focuses on bringing private funding from its supporters and trustees to public museums, galleries, and art projects.
Since its inception the foundation has supported a range of projects at leading visual arts institutions, from exhibitions, education and residency programmes to publications and capital campaigns. Outset has promoted the production and donation of work by Viktor Alimpiev; Francis Alys; Candice Breitz; Nigel Cooke; Matthew Darbyshire; FOS; Ryan Gander; Siobhan Hapaska; Michal Helfman; Jesper Just; Daria Martin; Roman Ondak; Eli Petel; Paul Pfeiffer; Tomas Saraceno; Anj Smith; Keith Tyson; Nicole Wermers; Jane and Louise Wilson, and many others.
Outset has chapters in England, Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands, Greece, Scotland and the United States.
Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection
In 2003, Outset established the world's first acquisitions fund connected to an art fair. This ongoing collaboration with Tate and Frieze proved to be a cornerstone in the foundation's programme of institutional acquisitions.
In 2004, the amount was £150,000 and the artists were: Pawel Althamer, Martin Boyce, Jeremy Deller, Alan Kane, Jesper Just, Mark Leckey, Scott Myles, Frank Nitsche, Henrik Olesen, Roman Ondák, The Atlas Group, Walid Raad and Pae White.
In 2005, £125,000 was raised with each donor giving £5,000 ("the donors all have a particular interest in supporting the Tate's acquisition of international contemporary art.") Work was bought from ten artists. These included Daria Martin, Jan Mot and Alexandre de Cunha. The selecting panel was Jan Debbaut, Director, Tate Collection, Paul Schimmel, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Suzanne Pagé, Director, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris. One piece, which cost £20,000 was Time, a conceptual work by David Lamelas, which consisted of an idea—that people should stand in line and state the time to the adjoining person in the queue. Another purchase for £15,000 was a grey filing-drawer containing 1,000 blank index cards by Stanley Brouwn.
In 2006, £150,000 was raised and artworks acquired for Tate included work by: Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimaraes; Anna Barriball; Trisha Donnelly; Thomas Hirschhorn; Gabriel Kuri; Philippe Parreno; Bruno Serralongue; David Shrigley; Simon Starling; Catherine Sullivan; and Christopher Williams.
In 2007, £150,000 was raised and artworks acquired for Tate included work by: Pawel Althamer; Mauro Restiffe; Andreas Slominski; and Armando Andrade Tudela.
In 2008, £150,000 was raised and artworks acquired by the fund for Tate included work by: Hurvin Anderson; Andrea Fraser; Bela Kolárová; Lorna Simpson; Tris Vonna-Michell; and Akram Zaatari.
- Tate fund on Frieze site Retrieved March 23, 2006
- "Time Really Is Money as Tate Coughs up £20,000 The Times, October 21, 2005 Retrieved March 24, 2006