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Celebrities Help Save Late Artist's Cottage

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A £3.5 million fundraising target has been met to save a cottage formerly owned by the late artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman.

The Mail reporrts that the money was raised after campaigners secured the funding from over 7,300 donations made from more than 40 countries in a 10-week period.

The cottage, which was at risk of being sold privately, will now be bought by the Art Fund charity, with the building, its contents and its garden being preserved.

It will also play host to a residency programme for creatives in a number of different fields.

Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund, said that securing the future of the cottage “may seem a minor thing by comparison with the global epidemic crisis which has recently enveloped all our lives.”

He added: “But Derek’s final years at the cottage were an inspiring example of human optimism, creativity and fortitude battling against the ravages of illness, and in that context the success of this campaign seems all the more apposite and right for its time.”

An Art Fund grant of £500,000, as well as a donation of £750,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, helped secure the future of the cottage, which is in Dungeness, Kent.

A total of £16,000 was also raised by the sale of a suit designed by costume designer Sandy Powell after she asked a bevy of stars to sign it before it was auctioned.

Sir Elton, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joaquin Phoenix were among those who obliged.

Jarman purchased the cottage in 1986 and it is filled with more than 40 of his works of art.

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