Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage

Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage is saved for the nation

The campaign to save the artist and filmmaker's cottage and garden in Dungeness has been successful

The fundraising campaign to save the Dungeness home and garden of filmmaker and artist Derek Jarman has been successful, raising over £3.5 million.

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Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage
© Howard Sooley

The Art Fund has announced that the crowdfunding campaign received over 7,300 donations from the public, including nearly 2,000 in the last week. The Guardian has also reported that there was a substantial personal donation from David Hockney.

Fundraising began in January and £3,559,276 has been raised so far, with seven hours left of the campaign to go. The money donated will go towards purchasing the cottage, its contents and gardens, and bringing it into public ownership.

Plans are for a residency programme to take place in the cottage, which will be open to artists, academics, writers, gardeners, filmmakers and more. Members of the public will also be able to apply to visit the cottage throughout the year.

Prospect Cottage was discovered by Jarman by chance while visiting Dungeness with his friend Tilda Swinton in 1986.

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Read more on the cottage and photographer Howard Sooley’s experience of visiting his friend Derek Jarman there.