Departure Foundation


Departure Foundation




Art-related queries should now be adressed to our lead curator's new project Floating Island

Departure Foundation was a leading charity that supported and promoted contemporary art throughout the UK, providing free studio and storage space for artists. The foundation also curated exhibitions, award art prizes and ran educational projects for local communities and art schools.




Our Aims:


Supporting outstanding emerging and established artists


- providing free studio and storage space for more than 35 artists

- making project spaces available for filming and large-scale work

- curating exhibitions which showcase and promote artists

- organising artist residencies, site-specific projects and performance events

- providing unique contexts for exhibitions and events in a wide range of interesting spaces

- awarding prizes and bursaries


Bringing art to the public and developing new audiences


- exhibiting great artwork in locations throughout the UK

- hosting opening events and tours

- showing artwork in a variety of locations, from Central London to much further afield, often in areas where arts venues are lacking.


Educating adults and young people through contemporary art


- running workshops and seminars

- hosting school visits

- internships with opportunities for paid work

- art crits for all (see our education page)