Our free crowdfunding platform helps museums and galleries to raise money for exciting arts projects
What is Art Happens?
Art Happens is a crowdfunding platform that gives museums and audiences the power to bring ideas to life.
Designed specifically for UK museums and galleries
Helps you reach and engage with new audiences
100% of the funds raised go directly to your project
We offer a range of resources to help you run a successful campaign
Art Happens campaigns
With the support of members and donors, since we launched the platform in 2014,we have helped museums and galleries run their own crowdfunding campaigns for a variety of projects across the UK.
What you will need
To run a crowdfunding campaign on Art Happens you must be a UK public museum, gallery, historic house, library or archive or a not-for-profit visual arts organisation with a public focus. You should have:
An exciting arts project in mind that you think will have public appeal
A clear idea of the amount you need to raise, and by when
Some previous experience of fundraising
Time and resources to run a crowdfunding campaign
An engaged supporter base and online audience
Full support from management and other stakeholders
How you can get started with Art Happens
01. Are you ready for crowdfunding?
Take our interactive quiz to find out if you are ready for crowdfunding
02. Talk to us about your project
Book a one-to-one with us to find out more about the platform and discuss your campaign ideas.
03. Attend a workshop
Once you’ve completed the quiz and spoken to us, book a place on our next workshop to learn everything you will need to know before submitting a proposal.
Art Happens FAQs
Art Happens infrastructure has been generously supported by contributions from individuals, charitable trusts and the Heritage Lottery Fund.