Art Happens raises almost £300,000 for museums

Our crowdfunding platform has raised almost £300,000 for 16 visual arts projects since its launch in June 2014.

In two years Art Happens had received donations from over 2,500 people, and 16 out of 18 Art Happens projects have raised 100% (or more) of their targets – an incredible success rate compared to other crowdfunding sites. Also, unlike other platforms, every penny raised goes directly to the projects, with no fees charged.

Successful projects have ranged from a restoration of the Bloomsbury interiors painted by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant at Charleston, to the creation of a 12.5-tonne vintage steamroller printing press for Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Watch our short film, above, to find out more.

There are currently two brilliant projects live. Modern Art Oxford is crowdfunding £17,000 to create a publication to celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking exhibitions by Marina Abramovic, Richard Long, Yoko Ono and others. Meanwhile in Henley-on-Thames, River & Rowing Museum are crowdfunding £22,000 to create a gallery dedicated to local artist John Piper.

Donate to Art Happens and you will receive a beautiful reward, inspired by each project.

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, said: 'We launched Art Happens in order to harness people power in the process of making great creative things happen. It’s a free fundraising service to help UK museums realise long-dreamed-of projects in a challenging climate. Crowdfunding is very hard work, but we can help.'

Art Happens’ achievements have been recognised by industry awards: the platform recently won an Emcees Arts & culture Award for Excellence in Fundraising for Best Use of Digital Channels in a Fundraising Campaign and was also highly commended for Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign in the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Awards in 2015.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to Art Happens – we couldn't have done it without you.

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