Fundraising appeals for ambitious cultural projects are always exciting, especially when they’ll change the face of a whole neighbourhood. Such large-scale cultural appeals also require effective fundraising strategies: behind the big vision must be influential supporters and clear business planning.

We were delighted to work alongside the tireless team behind Factory, Manchester. Factory is an enormous capital development for the North West, intended to create a true ‘cultural counterbalance’ to London.

Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the £110m scheme will form the centrepiece to an ambitious regeneration of the St John’s neighbourhood, around the former Granada TV Studios. It is a seismic development for Manchester and a permanent home for the groundbreaking Manchester International Festival. MIF is the biennial international arts festival, which present new work in arts, drama, music and dance across Manchester.

Tarnside was delighted to play a role in the planning of Factory’s fundraising operations, with support from Manchester City Council, Manchester International Festival and other partners. Having worked on similar, large scale fundraising appeals (such as at Chetham’s and The Auckland Project) it was fascinating to support the team with their appeal planning.

Tarnside Input

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