Art lovers in South London and further afield have helped us smash our target to fund a new exhibition – Collected and Possessed – which will go ahead in November this year.
The exhibition will feature works by artist Mark Fairnington, alongside taxidermy specimens from the Horniman stores that inspired his paintings.
For the past eight weeks, people have been snapping up rewards including tote bags, prints and scarfs featuring Fairnington's work, to raise a total of £9,713 via the Art Fund's crowdfunding platform Art Happens, the UK's only crowdfunding platform for the museum sector.
Mark Fairnington says: "I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to this project, it has been fantastic watching your support build over the weeks. I am still working on new paintings and it will be tremendously exciting to open the exhibition at the Horniman later this year."
Collected and Possessed will be Mark's first UK museum show in 10 years, and will feature a range of work inspired by stored museum objects at the Horniman, the Natural History Museum and the Wellcome Collection. Some of the paintings inspired by specimens at the Horniman will be displayed alongside the specimens themselves, giving the viewer a taste of the artist's excitement at uncovering a hidden object.
Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman, says: "It's fantastic that this exhibition has captured people's imaginations and we're so grateful to everyone who's supported the appeal. We're thrilled to be able to collaborate with Mark to create this exhibition which will allow us to reveal some of the secrets of our stored collections in such an inspiring way."
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: "Congratulations to the Horniman on the success of their superb Art Happens project. Collected and Possessed will reward not only the generous individual funders who made it happen but also all visitors to the museum."
The appeal is the Horniman's first venture into crowdfunding, and passed its target of £9,500 with 4 days to go. The final total raised – £9,713 – will all be used to create the Collected and Possessed exhibition, due to open on 28 November 2015.