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Barbican gallery installs contactless donation tins

The Barbican gallery in London is looking to revolutionise charitable giving by installing contactless donation points.

Visitors to the Barbican will be able to donate with the swipe of a card or phone with other galleries, museums and charities likely to follow suit.

The gallery will fix a donation point at the entrance to its free Curve gallery, which is currently showcasing Imran Qureshi's 'Where the shadows are so deep'.

Initially, donations will be set at £2 but the level can vary depending on the audience and project on show. If the trial is successful, it is reported that the Barbican will add terminals to other areas with high visitor footfall.

Earlier this week, international charity Mary's Meals set up NFC-enabled boxes in cafes across England to enable customers to donate 30p as an aside.

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