Art Happens

Our free crowdfunding platform helps museums and galleries to raise money for exciting arts projects.

Art Happens gives museums and audiences the power to bring exciting projects to life together.

Designed specifically for museums and galleries, our crowdfunding platform is completely free to use, meaning 100% of the funds raised go directly to your project.

We cover the costs of producing a film and donor rewards, and we offer a range of resources to help you run a successful campaign.

Crowdfunding through Art Happens is about more than just fundraising. It can help you to raise awareness of your organisation and the work you're doing, reach new audiences, engage your existing supporters in new ways – and encourage visitors to go from going to giving.

Since we launched the platform in 2014, over 9,000 donors have raised more than £1 million for a huge variety of projects.

Take a look at some Art Happens success stories.

Who is Art Happens for?

To run a crowdfunding campaign on Art Happens you must be:

  • a UK public museum, gallery, historic house, library or archive, and at least provisionally accredited under the Arts Council Accreditation Scheme; or a not-for-profit visual arts organisation with a public focus

If you have an exciting arts project in mind that you think could be right for crowdfunding, get in touch to find out more about attending an Art Happens workshop and submitting a proposal.

Funds available

We recommend aiming to raise between £10,000 and £25,000 through Art Happens.

Credits and acknowledgements

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

Get in touch

If you want to make art happen, please contact: museums@artfund.org

Get in touch

Art Happens workshop

If you already have an exciting idea for crowdfunding join one of our Zoom workshops to learn more about using Art Happens to fundraise for your project.

To find out when the next workshop will be, sign up to Museum Bulletin and you will be the first to hear when the next date is announced.

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