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Art Happens: only 2 weeks left


We have only a few days left to raise the £9,500 to fund Collected and Possessed, an exhibition of paintings of taxidermy specimens and artefacts.


  • Okapi Eye painting, Okapi Eye painting, Okapi Eye, Mark Fairnington
    Okapi Eye painting, Okapi Eye, Mark Fairnington


The appeal offers rewards to donors for as little as £5 – including tote bags, prints and scarves featuring Mark’s work – and is part of Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform Art Happens, the UK’s only crowdfunding platform for the museum sector.


Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, says, ‘This is the first time that Art Happens has raised money for a London exhibition, and we’re hoping that Londoners will be as generous as people in other regions have been, so that we can bring to light the hidden world of the Horniman’s stored collections, alongside Mark’s stunning paintings.’

  • Receive this Zebra tote for donating £25 or more, Receive this Zebra tote for donating £25 or more− © Mark Fairnington
    Receive this Zebra tote for donating £25 or more


Art Happens has already successfully crowdfunded for museums and galleries including:

  • Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, which last year hosted a major hometown exhibition by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman
  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, which will now be able to re-gild the frame of 17th-century masterpiece The Paston Treasure


Brockley resident Scott Keir, 38, who has already supported the Horniman’s campaign, says:

‘I’ve been a fan of the Horniman since my first visit – it’s a great asset for South East London and I feel lucky to have this so close. I’m really pleased to be one of the supporters of their new exhibition, and to get a “thank you” gift to boot. Mark’s work looks great and I like the idea of revealing some of what’s in the museum store. I’m nowhere near as rich as Frederick and Rebekah Horniman, the founders, but it feels good to be one of the crowd of people helping to carry on their work.’


London’s art fans can donate and secure their reward at artfund.org/arthappens-horniman until Tuesday 28 April 2015.