A crowdfunding campaign just saved Derek Jarman’s home from private sale

Written by Jacopo Prisco, CNNLondon, UK

Contributors Ananda Pellerin, CNN

The Art Fund has wrapped up a hugely successful drive to save Prospect Cottage, the former home of visionary British filmmaker and activist Derek Jarman, from private sale.

In what it called “the largest ever arts crowdfunding initiative” in a press release, the UK-based charity said that it reached its $4 million (£3.5 million) goal in just over two months, after over 8,000 public donations came through from over 40 countries, along with grants from organizations.

Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said in a statement that they are “deeply grateful to no fewer than 8,119 individuals and institutions who made donations large and small, and to the artists — led by Tacita Dean and Tilda Swinton — whose material support for the crowdfunding and publicity initiatives was so influential.”

Jarman bought the black fisherman’s cottage in 1986 and created in front of it a famous garden inspired by the surrounding coastal landscape of Dungeness, in the southeast of England, also the site of two nuclear power stations. It subsequently played a key role in Jarman’s 1990 film “The Garden,” set against the backdrop of his home and starring Tilda Swinton.

Swinton, who was the influential director’s muse, is part of a group of artists who supported the campaign, which launched on 22 January of this year, by giving their works and time in exchange for donations. Other artists involved included Peter Doig, Michael…

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