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.