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New Fundraising Drive for Galway 2020

14.02.2019

January was a big month for Galway 2020. We welcomed Helen Marriage of creative company Artichoke to lead the delivery of the creative director role, in addition to the company’s development director, Sarah Coop to head up our fundraising drive.

This fundraising drive forms part of Artichoke’s strategic leadership role for Galway 2020, supporting the delivery of the project’s overall artistic excellence, economic impact and international reputation.

With over 30 years’ experience in fundraising in the arts, Sarah has worked on some of the leading cultural events, including the Sydney Festival, and with some of the best international orchestras over the years. She was responsible for setting up sponsorship departments for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as initiating the capital campaign at the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, and raising their first £10 million. She also raised money for Lumiere as part of Derry’s UK City of Culture.

Since joining Artichoke over ten years ago, Sarah has been integral to the company’s success, developing and delivering fundraising campaigns for large-scale cultural events with higher targets than much larger arts organisations.

 “Galway will be at the very centre of culture in Europe in 2020 and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to demonstrate the very best of our rich and diverse culture to the broadest possible audience that delivers economic impact for years to come”

Artichoke’s recent projects include Lumiere London, the UK’s largest light festival; Temple, a radical arts project created in association with artist David Best in Derry, and Processions, a mass celebration of women’s suffrage in the UK.

“This is a terrific opportunity and the team is raring to go,” says Sarah. “Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be speaking to local, national and international businesses, organisations and individuals about the multiple opportunities that exist to support Galway 2020 as it represents Ireland on the European stage. I’m passionate about ensuring that both sides get the same level of satisfaction from the partnership and a flexible approach is core to how we work. Please do get in touch to find out more about how to get involved.”

Galway 2020’s CEO Patricia Philbin, says Galway 2020 has an ambitious fundraising target, and with the right team now in place, is excited to reach out to organisations and individuals about the opportunities this presents.

“Galway will be at the very centre of culture in Europe in 2020 and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to demonstrate the very best of our rich and diverse culture to the broadest possible audience that delivers economic impact for years to come,” she says.

With a year-long programme of major events planned, attracting people from around the world, Galway 2020 offers fantastic opportunities for corporate partners to get involved, with attractive rights and benefits and excellent return on their investment. Partners will enjoy brand profile across the multi-faceted press and marketing campaign, B2B networking opportunities, ways in which to reach and speak directly with extensive audiences and special money-can’t-buy experiences.

 

For more details on partnering with Galway 2020, visit our Partnerships page.

 

Photo credit: Steven Landles

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