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Successful crowdfunding for Prospect Cottage

The crowdfunding campaign that started in January this year to save Prospect Cottage has been successful. The target of £3.5 million has been exceeded and is over 3.6 million pounds collected.

The campaign wouldn’t be successful without these artists who joined and gave the influential kickstart to this funding: Tilda Swinton, Tacita Dean, Howard Sooley and many other artists. Not only artists but also institutions as Art Fund, the Linbury Trust and the National Heritage joined into this campaign and helped to preserve Jarman’s Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent, and his extraordinary and unique garden for future generations. It is the place where he got inspiration for his variety of work and where he also spent his last days.

After the purchase, Jarman named it Prospect cottage and turned it into a creative place for himself. In his memory this unique place and his legacy will be turned into residence for future artists where their work and artistic freedom can flourish.

These funds won’t only be used for programs for artists, writers, filmmakers, gardeners, poets and others but also to make it possible for public visits inside the cottage. The garden will be restored and continue to grow and expand as it did when Jarman took care of it.

Some of his most vulnerable and important work from the cottage will be taken on permanent loan by Tate and made publicly accessible at Tate Britain.

Prospect Cottage Crowdfunding

As Derek Jarman was with Tilda Swinton in Dungeness, Kent, with the intention of filming her, he told her about a small house on the beach, which he would love to buy, if it was ever for sale. When they arrived there in 1986, the house was indeed for sale and Jarman bought it for £32,000.

When Jarman moved to that house near a nuclear power station, he also created this extraordinary garden with sculptures made of things and pieces he found on the beach near his Prospect Cottage, as he named it. Not only the garden and the cottage but also the surroundings and deserted landscape were inspiration for his artistic work, especially for his film The Garden (1990).

After his death in 1994, Prospect Cottage was taken care of by his partner Keith Collins. Unfortunately, Keith Collins died in 2018 and the house was since then abandoned and neglected. Not only weather and salt, but also the large number of visitors and tourists are now the enemies of this house and garden, that already became a monument for all who know Derek Jarman and his work. 

Prospect Cottage is now open for private sale. To avoid that, a crowdfunding campaign in cooperation with Art Fund, Tate Gallery and Creative Folkestone has been launched to raise £3,2 million in 10 weeks to preserve and purchase Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, Kent. The campaign is until 31th March 2020. Many years after Tilda Swinton found the cottage together with Jarman, she is now part of the Art Fund campaign to save Prospect Cottage. The idea is, to open it for future generations as a creative retreat for artists, filmmakers, writers and activists and also to provide guided visits. Prospect Cottage has been popular by many people who are interested in his work and especially by the LGBTQ community as a sort of a place for pilgrimage, because Jarman was also a gay right activist, fought Homophobia and participated in many marches.  

Pledges start for as little as £5. For £100 you will receive a colourful A4 print of the cottage by Michael Craig-Martin. For £650 you will receive a signed print of an agave plant created by Wolfgang Tillmans with an extract of a John Donne poem that can be found on the cottage’s wall. For £1,250 you will receive Isaac Julien‘s limited-edition boxed set of five prints, with artist’s signature. £3000 costs the most expensive pledge, a private tour for 4 people of gardener Dan Pearson’s own garden in Somerset, England will be offered and many more pledges.

The money will provide needed funds to cover the property cost, ensure funded programme by Tate and Creative Folkestone and to remain Prospect Cottage and the garden free and open to public. All Jarman’s art work will be available for the public at Tate Britain.

For more information:

Secret Scrawls under Pleasures of Italy (1972)

By examining the painting Pleasure of Italy (1972) Joanna Shepard discovered words and symbols underneath the painting. Words and markings such as “Jean-Marc” which may referencing on Derek Jarman’s ex-partner Jean-Marc Prouveur then “Trick or Treat”, “Me and My Shadow” and other.

“Examining the painting for this show, a chance back-lighting revealed dozens of inscriptions beneath the paint, deliberately and almost completely painted out, some featuring magical symbols substituted for individual letters,” wrote Joanna Shepard.

These discoveries underneath the artist’s painting is due to be published in a series of essays by Thames & Hudson on march 2020 and until 23rd February it is still possible to have a look at this painting in Dublin on show for the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective on the artist, titled Protest!.

Derek Jarman: Protest!
Nov 2019 – Feb 2020
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland

Spring/Summer 2020
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

Exhibition: Derek Jarman – My garden’s boundaries are the horizon

Jarman bought Prospect Cottage at Dungeness for £32,000 when he discovered the building while filming on the beach with Tilda Swinton and his partner Keith Collins. As he was diagnosed with HIV on 22 December 1986 he wanted “to get as much out of life as possible” and created this contemporary garden.

This is the first exhibition about Jarman’s garden and Jarman’s love of gardening. The cottage is not open for public but Jarman’s work such as his diaries, sketchbooks, Garden Notebooks,  tools and furniture borrowed from inside the cottage, will be displayed in the garden. It will also be accompanied by paintings and sculptures on loan from The Keith Collins Memorial Will Trust who has died in 2018 of a brain tumour aged 54.

The entry to Garden Museum is also included in the ticket price.
This exhibition is supported by The Linbury Trust.

24 Apr – 12 Jul 2020
Garden Museum
Lambeth Palace Road
London, SE1 7LB
Tel: 020 7401 8865

Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday 10.30am–5.00pm

Prospect Garden:
Prospect Cottage
Dungeness, Kent

The Jarman Award 2019

This year’s winner of the 12th Film London Jarman Award is Hetain Patel. The winner was announced on 25th November 2019 at an event at the Barbican Centre in London where the artist received the Award of £10,000.

The jury for Jarman Award 2019 consists of:

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Artists, Shortlisted for the Award in 2018

Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery

Melanie Keen, Director, Iniva

Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema

Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member

The Jarman Film Award is an annual prize that supports innovative and experimental emerging film artists. This Award started 2008 inspired by the work of Derek Jarman. The Jarman Award is presented by Film London in association with Genesis Cinema, h Club London and Whitechapel Gallery.

Jarman’s videos as a part of EuroNoize at Kunsthall Oslo

EuroNoize is a live music event similar to Eurovision song contest which took place this year on 23rd May in London at Scala. Different European alternative and underground bands performed at this music contest.

The music produced for this live event will be recorded and distributed internationally as a record together with the book and an exhibition at Kunsthall Oslo.

As a part of EuroNoize Kunsthall Oslo presents a selection of artists’ videos, rare films, home movies and music clips from different artists as a gallery-scale video jukebox, with a 5 metre screen, a 2K sound system. Among these artists is Derek Jarman with his Marianne Faithfull videos as well as Sigrid Bendz, Sophie Lisa Beresford, Bug Kann, Henning Christiansen, Shezad Dawood, Heldon & Gilles Deleuze, Holy Toy, Ewa Justka, Paul Kindersley, Klein, Felix Kubin, Rachel Maclean, Mama Bubo, Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Lutz Mommertz, Mutamassik.

EuroNoize Exhibition
14th September – 27th October 2019
Kunsthall Oslo
Rostockgata 2-4
0191 Oslo

Derek Jarman film retrospective at Close-Up Film Centre

Close-Up Film Centre is an independent and experimental cinema in London and also known as London’s indie film spirit. On the 25th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death the cinema is showing some of his lesser known and screened films:

18 – 28 September 2019: The Garden

22 September 2019: In the Shadow of the Sun

22 – 29 September 2019: The Angelic Conversation

27 September 2019: The Last of England

28 September 2019: Derek Jarman’s Super 8 Film Cycle (Journey to Avebury, Tarot aka The Magician, Sulphur, Sloane Square aka Removal Party aka Sloane Square: A Room of One’s Own, Sebastian Wrap aka A Break from Sebastian aka Sebastian Mirror Film, Waiting for Waiting for Godot)

29 September 2019: Blue

More about the program and details about the screenings you can find on the Close-Up Film Centre website.

Close-Up Film Centre
97 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
+44 (0)20 3784 7970
Open everyday: 12:00 – 23:30

Rupert Everett reading extracts from Jarman’s diaries “Modern Nature”

Marking 25 years of Derek Jarman’s death, the English actor, writer and singer Rupert Everett, who knew Derek Jarman personally is reading chosen extracts from Jarman’s diaries, Modern Nature on BBC Radio 4 aired on 24th June 2019 at 09:45 AM. It is in the programme called Book of the week, Modern Nature Episodes 1 to 5, aired every day starting at 09:45 Am and 0:30 AM.

This programme is recorded in 5 episodes at Prospect Cottage, Jarman’s former home where he wrote Modern Nature. The reading is followed by soundtrack of music taken from works by Benjamin Britten.

While listening through these 5 episodes one will be reminded not only on Jarman’s garden diary but also on his childhood and his time as an artist, writer and film-maker.

One can still listen to these episodes online, on this link.

Artists announced for Jarman Award 2019

Jarman Award announced six shortlisted artists for 2019 award. Among them are Rehana Zaman with her film How Does an Invisible Boy Disappear? (2018), the footage of the Toxteth race riots in Liverpool, then Imran Perretta with his film Brother To Brother (2017). He works across the moving-image, sound, performance and poetry.

Mikhail Karikis and his film Ain’t Got No Fear (2016). He follows individuals wearing neon-masks through the marshlands of the Isle of Grain in Kent. Cécile B. Evans and her film Amos’ World: Episode Two (2018), she examines our emotions with the impact of technology.

Beatrice Gibson works with 16mm film and digital formats and explores her fears combined with motherhood, creativity and community in this world, her film is Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs [Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters] (2019). Hetain Patel uses humor as a bridge to connect people from two different cultures with his film Don’t Look at the Finger (2018).

The winner of the prize of £10.000 will be announced on November 25th at the Barbican Centre in London. Before the prize ceremony the shortlisted artists will be touring across 10 UK venues, ending their tour with two days of screening, discussions and performances at the Whitechapel on November 16th and 17th.

The Jarman Award 2019 jury is:

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy – Artists, Shortlisted for the Award in 2018
Iwona Blazwick OBE – Director, Whitechapel Gallery
Melanie Keen – Director, Iniva
Tyrone Walker-Hebborn – Director, Genesis Cinema and
Andrea Lissoni – Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member

Shadow Is the Queen of Colour – Derek Jarman at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery

During constructing and forming his garden in Dungeness in 1989/90, Derek Jarman also created these paintings that can be seen in the exhibition Shadow Is the Queen of Colour at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery until 22 June.

The two paintings Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (1989)  and Flesh Tint (1990) are the only work in this collection without black tar. They represent the central theme of The Garden. Further paintings are also made with embedded objects found on Dungeness beach and covered with black tar, like Ship in Bottle (1989), Crucifixion (1989) and others.

The gallery dedicates this exhibition to the memory of Derek Jarman’s companion and partner Keith Collins.

Shadow Is the Queen of Colour
12 April 2019 – 22 June 2019

Amanda Wilkinson Gallery
1st Floor, 18 Brewer Street
W1F 0SH London

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