Art Happens: Case studies

What does it take to run a successful Art Happens project? Our case studies cover a diverse range of projects, from contemporary to 15th-century art.

The Bowes Museum

Revealing hidden 15th-century Renaissance art

'All areas of the museum got behind the campaign and shared the fundraising message with visitors and networks. It was a real team effort in reaching the target. Engaging ambassadors is essential.'

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Mark Fairnington: The Horniman's hidden world

'Crowdfunding is a new way to reach a broader community and with Art Happens we felt we would be able to make a bigger impact, as it is a platform dedicated to funding art, with an existing engaged audience. '

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Jerwood Gallery

A major exhibition of the Chapman brothers

'Rewards were incredibly important in encouraging giving, but also essential was fostering our funders' sense of ownership over the project, which we did by providing them with regular project updates.'

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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Revisited: A new commission by Emily Allchurch

​'It was amazing to have the support of the Art Fund. I don’t think we would have been so successful had we done it on our own.'

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The Museum of The Gorge

The Museum of The Gorge: Warehouse of the world

'We’d definitely recommend taking part in Art Happens... Choose your project carefully, make sure the fundraising target is sensible and achievable, and think hard about your rewards.'

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Development of the Art Happens infrastructure has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from private individuals and charitable trusts.