Trusts and Foundations

The Serpentine Galleries are extremely fortunate to receive ongoing support from a number of charitable trusts and foundations. As an educational arts charity and one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, the Serpentine gratefully received 20% of its funding from Arts Council England in 2012/13. This public funding was received as unrestricted funds in order that it could be put to best use where it is most needed in opening art up to all, as is the Serpentine’s mission. The Serpentine works with a range of other trusts and foundations, corporate sponsors and individuals to raise the significant remaining 80% of funds necessary to run its world-class Exhibition, Education and Public Programmes.

The Serpentine is extremely grateful to have benefitted from the generous benevolence of such charitable foundations for the arts as The Henry Moore Foundation in support of its Exhibitions Programme for such shows which rethink and expand the limits of sculpture as Gustav Metzger at the Serpentine Gallery, 2009, to Adrián Villar Rojas: Today We Reboot The Planet at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 2013. The Serpentine’s much appreciated Exhibition Programme Supporters often contribute to catalogue production costs, exhibition installation and de-installation costs, transport of works and organisation costs of exhibitions.

The Serpentine is also hugely grateful for the support it has received over the years from its deeply valued Education Programme Supporters, such as The Baring Foundation, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Ernest Cook Trust. Education is at the heart of all the Serpentine does and it is only with the support of educational charitable trusts and foundations that the Galleries can help the wide cross-section of families, children, needy young people, vulnerable elderly people, and isolated migrants that it does.

As an internationally renowned art gallery, the Serpentine’s Public Programmes have been supported by cultural institutes from all over the world. Demonstrative of its culturally diverse programme, the Serpentine Galleries have recently benefitted from the generous support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Goethe-Institut, for example, who have contributed to educational public talks, a new sound commission series and artist residencies, to name but a few projects.

The opening of the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery in September 2013 –the Grade II* listed Magazine building in Kensington Gardens, newly renovated and extended by Pritzker Prize winner, Zaha Hadid – has been an exciting opportunity for the Gallery to benefit from the hugely significant benevolence of such trusts and foundations as the Wolfson Foundation. With these Founding Patron gifts, the Serpentine has been able to conserve, renovate and extend this wonderful building in Kensington Gardens. In its newly primed state, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery will be the perfect home for the world-class art by the stars of tomorrow it will exhibit, inspiring a generation.

Supporter Quotes

The Serpentine Gallery is an exemplar in the London visual arts portfolio for its commitment to artist-led participatory projects which are integrated in the mainstream artistic programme and for its long standing relationships with local communities.
Peter Heslip, Director of Visual Arts, Arts Council England

Having made awards in 2002 for Toyo Ito and in 2009 for Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation is again delighted to have given a grant to the Serpentine Gallery towards the commission of its 2013 Pavilion. This latest design by Sou Fujimoto is an exciting continuation of his experimental approach to architecture. Our grant goes towards the Serpentine’s education and outreach programme and to a special talk to be given by Fujimoto on the Pavilion’s opening night when he will discuss his working processes and the very particular Japanese influences behind the Pavilion’s design and concept.
Representative of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, UK


Current Supporters and Partners

Anglo Chilean Society on behalf of the Alan Macdonald Endowment

The Annenberg Foundation

Austrian Cultural Forum London

The John S. Cohen Foundation

Depart Foundation

David Fawkes and family

The Flow Foundation

J. Paul Getty Jnr. Charitable Trust  

Goethe-Institut, London

Golden Bottle Trust

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

The Hayden Family Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation

The Highmont Foundation

The Idlewild Trust

Institut Français du Royaume-Uni

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)

Italian Cultural Institute, London  

The Japan Foundation

The Japan Society

Kunstiftung NRW 

LUMA Foundation

Marsh Christian Trust

The National Lottery through Arts Council England

Outset Contemporary Art Fund

Pro Helvetia

Qatar-UK 2013

Qatar Museums Authority

The David Ross Foundation

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte 

The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation

The Sackler Trust 

Sharjah Art Foundation

Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

The Wellcome Trust

Westminster City Council

The Wolfson Foundation


Public Funding by

Arts Council England

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Ehtifal Festival 2013 family day

Ehtifal Festival

Serpentine Gallery, London (Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4, 5 and 6 July 2013)

Quotes from Trusts and Foundations

Kimberly Harding

Serpentine Pavilion 2013 crop


Ehtifal Festival 2013 family day

Ehtifal Festival

Serpentine Gallery, London (Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4, 5 and 6 July 2013)

Ehtifal Festival 2013 family day

Ehtifal Festival

Serpentine Gallery, London (Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4, 5 and 6 July 2013)

Ehtifal Festival 2013 family day

Ehtifal Festival

Serpentine Gallery, London (Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4, 5 and 6 July 2013)

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