Crowdfunding is helping to raise money for the conservation of HMS M33

Funding news

Simon Stephens, Issue 115/03, p7, 03.03.2015
The right crowd
Museums and galleries are continuing to look for innovative ways to raise funds, with crowdfunding proving popular for many.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth launched its first crowdfunding initiative last month to support the conservation of the first world war HMS M33 vessel.
The aim is to raise £19,150 of the £250,000 that is needed to complete the fundraising campaign.

The museum has worked with Hampshire County Council to develop the £2.4m project to conserve, restore and interpret HMS M33. The project has already received a £1.8m Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The ship will open to the public on 6 August.

London’s Estorick Collection recently reached its £3,000 target for a project to restore Carlo Carrà’s Futurist work, Leaving the Theatre. The north London gallery’s first crowdfunding appeal was done through the National Funding Scheme’s Donate platform.

And museums and galleries are continuing to join Art Happens, a crowdfunding platform launched by the Art Fund charity last year that is hosted on its website. The latest venue to join is the Towner gallery in Eastbourne.
It is aiming to raise just over £15,000 in 74 days to finance a project to bring Austrian artist Hans Schabus to the south coast town to create a photographic artwork of Eastbourne Pier.