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.