Jane Morris profiles Delfina Foundation for Art Basel Stories:
London’s critically acclaimed Delfina Foundation enters a new chapter
9 October 2023
A residential side street a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace in central London is an unlikely spot for an art space of global significance – yet this is what the Delfina Foundation has steadily become. In the 35 years since the late Spanish-born philanthropist Delfina Entrecanales first set out to support artists by providing studios and residencies, a stellar list including Mark Wallinger, Tacita Dean, and Sonia Boyce among others has benefited from her largesse. The foundation’s long-standing director, Aaron Cezar, says that the foundation rollcall now boasts 17 Turner Prize nominees with four winners, and six Venice Biennale gold and silver lions among its alumni, which now number over 1,000.
This month, the much-loved organization is entering a new chapter. Cezar is launching a £7m fundraising campaign to buy and renovate its building, expand the team and its activities, and develop more income-generating initiatives, especially consulting. Delfina Foundation is entirely self-funded and Entrecanales’ son, who also serves as a trustee, is kicking-off the campaign to help secure its future.
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