A creative future for Prospect Cottage

29/04/2020

We’re still feeling the warmth from a month ago, when we were able to announce the success of our campaign to save Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage – we hope you are too.

Thanks to you, our dedicated supporters of over 8,000 donors worldwide, we reached our campaign target after just 10 weeks.

And we’re humbled to say we’re still receiving donations towards the project. Every pound we continue to raise will strengthen our investment in the future of Prospect Cottage, and remarkably we have now raised 106% of our initial £3.5m target.

Thank you so much.

With your help, we will now be able to establish Prospect Cottage as a centre of creative activity, for everyone. While the current situation prevents work from getting started as quickly as we’d hoped, we’re currently putting plans in place to ensure that we’re able to spring into action as soon as possible.

This includes beginning work to restore the garden to the vibrancy it enjoyed in Jarman’s lifetime, and enable it to continue to evolve as a unique and iconic space for everyone to enjoy.

With Prospect Cottage now secure, Creative Folkestone can begin work to establish a residency programme for artists, writers, gardeners, filmmakers and many others interested Jarman, to fuel new work and enable a new wave of creatives to be inspired by the cottage as he and his contemporaries were. This will be accompanied by a programme of public visits, allowing members of the public to apply to visit inside the cottage while ensuring that it is conserved, protected and maintained as a work of art in itself.

Meanwhile, the archive from the cottage will be placed on permanent loan to Tate, and made publicly available for the first time at Tate Britain. There is enormous potential here for displays, exhibitions and loans to celebrate Jarman’s Dungeness legacy as never before.

We are thrilled to be able to realise these plans thanks to your incredible generosity. We will keep you updated with progress along the way.

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