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Artists rally to save Prospect Cottage, the house of late filmmaker Derek Jarman

Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent © Ron Strutt

A public appeal has been launched by the UK's Art Fund to save Derek Jarmans home and garden in Dungeness, Kent, which has become a shrine for devotees of the influential late filmmaker and artist.

Art Fund says that £3.5m needs to be raised by 31 March to save Prospect Cottage, which is "at risk of being sold privately, having its contents dispersed, and its artistic legacy lost”. Artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Jeremy Deller and Tacita Dean have contributed limited-edition pieces as rewards on Art Funds crowdfunding page. The actor Tilda Swinton, who appeared in Jarmans films including The Garden (1990), said at the campaign's launch: “The pleasure he took in creating this tardis [the cottage] was incalculable.”

Tilda Swinton speaks at the launch of the public campaign to save the house and cottage of the late Derek Jarman © The Art Newspaper/Gareth Harris

The cottage and its contents were put on the market following the death in 2018 of Keith Collins, Jarmans partner, to whom he bequeathed the cottage. Speaking today at the campaign's launch Stephen Deuchar, the director of Art Fund, said that Collins had appointed his own trustees and asked them to “put Prospect in safe hands”. Hitting the target would enable continued free access to the garden for the public, and conserve and maintain the building and its contents.

Funds raised to date include grants of £750,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, £500,000 from Art Fund, £250,000 from the Linbury Trust and several private donations. “So far, were only halfway there, so I call on everyone to make a donation, large or small, to help us secure, preserve and maintain Prospect Cottage forever,” Deuchar says.

The arts charity Creative Folkestone will take care of the site, while Jarmans archive from the cottage—comprising notebooks, sketchbooks, letters, drawings and photographs, including the notebook he used when working on his final feature film Blue (1993)—will be housed at Tate Britain in London. Tate's directRead More – Source