You did it!
In just 10 weeks, thousands of you raised £3.5 million to save Prospect Cottage, Dungeness. An incredible 8,119 donations from the public, plus funding from leading charities, trusts and foundations, have taken us just over our target – meaning we can now purchase Prospect Cottage, establish an endowment to conserve and maintain the building, contents and garden, and set up a programme of artist residencies and public visits long into the future.
Creative Folkestone, Kent’s leading arts organisation, will become the custodians and curators of the cottage, while Jarman’s Dungeness archive will be housed at Tate Britain in optimum conditions and made publicly available for the first time later this year.
We want to say an enormous thank you.
Without this appeal – and without your support – Prospect Cottage was at risk of being sold privately, its contents dispersed, and artistic legacy lost.
Now, visitors, artists, academics, writers, gardeners, filmmakers and all interested in Jarman and his work will be able to engage directly with his legacy and take inspiration from the little sanctuary he created on the Dungeness shore.
Thank you for joining us and being a part of this extraordinary movement. With support coming in from over 40 countries around the world, #SaveProspectCottage has become the biggest ever arts crowdfunding initiative. That this has been achieved at such a difficult time for the world is all the more remarkable. Against adversity, it has been a true expression of optimism and public will, and is a cause for celebration.
If you chose a reward with your donation, we ask for your patience while we work with the artists and with our suppliers, whose operations have obviously been compromised by Covid-19, as quickly as possible. We will try to send you the rewards as soon as we conceivably can: please do look out for further updates about when you can expect to receive them.
Thank you for your understanding and support.