The Art Fund have launched a new crowdfunding scheme to help museums and galleries, the first of which should also help boost the art and antiques trade around Hastings.
Art Happens is aimed at backing creative projects
rather than directly funding acquisitions - from exhibitions and
redisplays to new facilities and spaces.
The first project will be based at the Jerwood Gallery in
Hastings and will involve the Chapman brothers, Jake and Dinos, who
will scour the antique emporiums and junk shops of their home town
for old artworks that they can then use to create a new work.
"Unlike some other crowdfunding platforms, every penny raised
will go directly to the projects. Plus, everyone who gives to
Art Happens will get a reward in return, from transfer
tattoos and postcards to limited-edition artworks and VIP
experiences," says the Art Fund's director Stephen Deuchar.
The other four museums to take part in the Art Happens
project initially are: Compton Verney, Warwickshire; the Ironbridge
Gorge Museums Trust, Shropshire; St Fagans National History Museum,
Cardiff and The Bowes Museum, Durham.
Each museum has proposed an innovative project with a feasible
target, ranging from £10,000 to £25,000. Throughout the year,
several new projects will be added to the platform.
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