Studio Voltaire relies on our Benefactors to play a vital role in supporting our key activities, from the commissioning of major new works and the development of our innovative participation, community and offsite programmes, to the provision of much–needed affordable on site studios for artists.
Studio Voltaire is a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.
All of our exhibitions, commissions and participatory projects, as well as 88% of all overheads, are fundraised for in their entirety through the kind patronage of individuals, and funding from charitable trusts and foundations.
You can support Studio Voltaire by joining our family of Benefactors, making a one off donation, or supporting a specific exhibition, comission or project. Your donation will directly contribute to the sustainability, ambition, and future development of one London’s leading independent arts organisations.
We develop a close and reciprocal relationship with all of our Benefactors, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a tailored package of benefits whilst enabling Studio Voltaire to flourish and increase the amount of support and opportunities we offer to artists.
From £2,500 per annum or £210 per month
As a Programme Patron, you will join our intimate group of key advocates of Studio Voltaire and have the opportunity to participate in a deeper engagement with the organisation and commissioning process.
As well as all Patron Benefits, you will receive:
From £1000 per annum or £85 per month
As well as all of the Supporter benefits, you will receive:
From £500 per annum or £45 per month
As well as all of the Friend benefits, you will receive:
From £50 per annum or £5 per month
We invite you to become a Friend and enjoy the following benefits:
As a registered charity we welcome donations of all sizes. Every donation makes a vital difference.
Sunil Gupta in conversation with curator and cultural historian Mark Sealy
Sunil Gupta is a photographer, writer and curator. Subversive, whimsical, personal, and political, Gupta’s projects have done much to raise awareness concerning the taboos of homosexual life throughout the modern world. Over a career spanning more than four decades, Gupta has maintained a visionary approach to photography, producing bodies of work that are pioneering in their social and political commentary.
His work is in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and Harvard University. He has exhibited internationally and published several books, including Christopher Street, 1976 (Stanley/Barker 2018) and Queer (Vadehra Art Gallery/Prestel 2011).
As part of our programme Desperate Living – which tests out new and experimental forms of collaborative programming, knowledge sharing and production explored through the lens of LGBTQ+ healthcare – Gupta will embark on a twelve–month residency at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s adult HIV Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital London. Gupta is currently working on a new commission for Desperate Living C–19, which aims to support LGBTQ+ people during and after COVID–19, which will launch later this summer.
‘From Here to Eternity’, Gupta’s first major retrospective opens at The Photographers’ Gallery in Autumn 2020, curated by Mark Sealy.
Mark Sealy is interested in the relationships between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of London–based photographic arts institution Autograph ABP since 1991. He has produced numerous artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide, including the critically acclaimed exhibition Human Rights Human Wrongs at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto in 2013 and at The Photographers’ Gallery, London in 2015.
Sealy has written for many international photography publications, including Foam Magazine, Aperture and the Independent Newspaper in London. He has written numerous essays for theoretical publications and artist monographs. In 2002, Sealy and professor Stuart Hall co–authored Different, which focused on photography and identity politics.
Notable projects include the exhibition Self Evident at Ikon Gallery Birmingham, The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding / Decoding for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto and critically acclaimed exhibitions on the works of James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems, Rotimi Fani–Kayode, Mahtab Hussain and Maud Sulter. He was guest curator for Houston Fotofest 2020 working under the title of African Cosmologies Photography Time and the Other.
Sealy’s critically acclaimed book, Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time, was published in 2019 by Lawrence and Wishart. His PhD was awarded by Durham University England and focused on Photography and Cultural Violence.
Judith Bernstein in conversation with curator Alison Gingeras
Judith Bernstein has developed a reputation as one of the most unwaveringly provocative artists of her generation. Steadfast in her cultural, political and social critique for over 50 years, Bernstein’s expressive practice embodies the psychological amalgamation of sex, violence and feminism, in varying orders and priorities.
Bernstein was an early member of many Art and Activist organisations including Guerilla Girls, Fight Censorship and Art Workers’ Coalition, as well as being a founding member of A.I.R. Gallery, the first gallery devoted to showing only female artists, where she had her first solo exhibition in 1973. In 2014, Studio Voltaire presented Rising, Bernstein’ first solo presentation to take place in the UK.
Alison M. Gingeras is a curator and writer based in New York and Warsaw and has served as curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou Paris, and Palazzo Grassi, Venice. Gingeras currently serves as an adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary and a guest curator at Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, as well as working independently.
Known for her scholarly yet anarchic approach to art history, Gingeras has organized several groundbreaking exhibitions.
Recent exhibitions include, My Life as a Man: John Currin at Dallas Contemporary in 2019 and Sex Work: Feminist Art and Radical Politics at Frieze London in 2017. Her writing regularly appears in Artforum, Tate Etc., Spike, as well as in scores of books and exhibition catalogues.
In 2018, Gingeras curated The Oscar Wilde Temple by McDermott & McGough in partnership with Studio Voltaire.
Please get in touch for further information and to learn more about personalised ways of supporting Studio Voltaire. You can contact Niamh Conneely, Head of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 622 1294.
Tax Effective Giving
Your donation, no matter how large or small, can qualify for tax relief under Gift Aid as long as the donor is a UK tax payer.
For example, if you give Studio Voltaire a donation of £1000, we can reclaim an extra £250 from the Inland Revenue, which makes a huge difference to our charity’s income.
If you are a UK tax payer and complete a Self Assessment or are a higher rate tax payer, you can also benefit.
For example: if you become a Programme Patron and make a donation of £2,500, as a higher rate UK tax payer you could be entitled to claim up to £625 from the Inland Revenue. This means that your donation of £2,500 to Studio Voltaire would cost you only £1,875.
Our American Benefactors
In order for your contribution to be tax effective in the US, may we suggest your donation is made payable to CAF America, which is registered in the US as a 501(c) (3) tax–exempt organisation.
As a US 501(c)(3) public charity, gifts to CAF America are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
CAF America serves as an intermediary grantmaker, allowing US donors to support international causes tax-effectively. By making their gift to CAF America, US donors can receive a tax-receipt for their gift.
CAF America will charge a 5% administrative fee for handling this donation and forwarding this fee to Studio Voltaire.