Supporting New Art



Outset was founded in 2003 by Candida Gertler and Yana Peel as a philanthropic organisation dedicated to supporting new art. The charitable foundation focuses on bringing private funding from its supporters and trustees to public museums, galleries, and art projects. Since its inception, Outset has supported leading visual arts


institutions with capital campaigns,  education, outreach and programming needs and donated nearly one hundred works of challenging contemporary art to public institutions across Britain and abroad. Outset has a range of programmes, enabling supporters to direct their patronage to different areas of interest. 


Supporters attend curator-led gallery tours, studio visits, talks and international trips, allowing for a deeper understanding of the artists and organisations that work with Outset whilst forging lasting relationships within the international artistic community.


Production Fund

The Outset Production Fund was launched by a group of Outset supporters seeking deeper engagement with the process of production and institutional collecting.  The fund facilitates the creation of new works by emerging and mid-career artists with a view towards institutional donation in the UK and abroad.

Projects are selected on an application basis and reviewed in consultation with Outset's broad network of international advisors. To date the Production Fund has helped realise ambitious projects by leading artists including Francis Alys, Yael Bartana, Candice Breitz and Steve McQueen and donated works to public collections in Europe, Israel, Russia and the US.

Production Fund Partners attend our supporters’ programme of events, international trips and project review mornings with artists and curators.
Leili Huth is chair of the Production Fund.


The commitment of Outset patrons allows the organisation to fulfil its remit of supporting new art. Since 2003, the patrons’ passion and engagement has allowed significant funds to be directed towards the development of artistic and institutional practices.

Outset patrons have supported a range of organisations and initiatives that includes exhibition and education programmes as well as publications, residencies and symposia. Outset patrons have supported London’s leading visual arts organisations as well as a number of institutions throughout the UK and abroad. Projects are selected by Outset directors and their advisors and funded through the donations of patrons and corporate partners.

Outset patrons attend our supporters’ programme of events, including curator-led tours of museums and galleries, studio visits, research events and international trips.


Outset Family was founded in 2010 by Outset Production Fund Partner Micaela Boas. It is aimed at families with children between the ages of 2-8 and focuses on funding innovative art education programmes.

Since its inception Outset Family has supported the creation of 'The Art Room' at the Robert Blair Primary School as well as 'Get The Message' at Camden Arts Centre, London.  

Outset Family members have the opportunity to introduce their children to London’s vibrant visual arts community whilst supporting art education programmes for under-privileged communities. Outset families are offered a range of activities including private tours of exhibitions at London’s leading museums and galleries alongside workshops and visits to artists’ studios.



The Outset Associates are comprised of a group of dynamic young professionals with a keen interest in the arts. 

Since 2008 Outset Associates have been collaborating with Modern Art Oxford, one of the leading venues for the presentation of international contemporary art in the UK. The initiative brings vital additional funds to the gallery by sponsoring two major annual productions, thus directly supporting the exhibition programme.

Outset’s involvement with Modern Art Oxford allows Associates to receive all of the gallery's benefits of patronage as well as a special programme designed to suit their schedule. Events include private tours of London exhibitions, artist studio visits and the opportunity to engage with the international art community. 

Corporate Partners

Since its inception Outset has worked with a range of corporate partners.

Responding to their desire to have an impact in the arts, whilst creating meaningful relationships within the artistic community, our partners are deeply committed to Outset's remit of supporting new art.

Our corporate partners engagement is directed towards specific areas of the Fund's activities allowing for a focused relationship with the organistations we support and the publics we engage. Previous corporate partners include Tiffany & Co., McLaren and Laurent Perrier.

Outset is delighted to currently partner with Le Méridien Hotels & ResortsNorthern Trust, Leviev and Sotheby's.

Regional Development

The aim and ambition of Outset's Regional Development is to encourage and build the institutional frameworks and structures that enable private support to flourish in the regions. 

Individual strategies will be developed with institutions outside London to establish and implement active patrons groups. Outset will liaise primarily with the respective Development and Education departments and any support groups they have previously established. 

Outset's long term goal is to align the regional networks with the overall programme Outset delivers. 


Director and Trustee 

Candida Gertler co-founded Outset Contemporary Art Fund with Yana Peel in June 2003. Candida studied law and journalism in Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg and Geneva. Since leaving Spiegel TV, Germany in 1992 Candida studied contemporary art at Sotheby's Institute. Candida 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's "Women in the Arts Lunch". She co-funded Artprojx and developed its philantropic arm resulting in the creation of Outset Contemporary Art Fund. In 2010,  Candida was the recipient of the 2010 Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage. Candida is executive member of the of Tate International Council (London).

International Projects

Nick Aikens joined Outset in May 2009. He graduated form the Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 2004 and was gallery director at Allsopp Contemporary from 2005 - 08. In 2010 he gained an MA in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. Nick has curated independent exhibitions and contributed to a number of publications on emerging artists. He is a regular contributor to frieze.In addition to his position at Outset Nick is working as an assistant curator at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, NL.


Director Outset Family

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.


Associate Director 

Anna Felten joined Outset in May 2011. She received an MA in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art from Christie's Education, New York. She has previously worked as a project assistant at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany and as gallery director for Martos Gallery, New York.



Regional Director

Adam Knights has recently joined Outset UK as Regional Director. Adam was previously Arts Projects Manager at Visiting Arts (2007-11), where he developed and implemented international visual and performing arts programmes and the Artist to Artist exchange programme. Adam sits on the Board of Directors of ArtRole, an organisation providing a platform for exchange between artists in the UK and Iraq. Adam achieved a BA honours in Fine Arts at Loughborough University (2003). 


Programme Director

Ben Wadler joined Outset in 2012 after graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture. While at the RCA, he established several student initiatives including an exchange programme with the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Before moving to London, Ben was a gallery guide at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the operations manager for Performa '07. He received his BA in Studio Art from Bard College in 2004.