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Derek Jarman exhibition at The Garden Museum extended

Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage circa 1990. Picture; Howard Sooley
Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage circa 1990. Picture; Howard Sooley

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Since it re-opened on July 4, The Garden Museum’s Derek Jarman exhibition has been fully booked.

With restricted numbers to allow for social distancing, this extension means more visitors can experience this celebration of Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage, Dungeness.

There are works of art and film alongside personal artefacts including diaries, sketchbooks, his ‘Garden Notebooks’, tools and furniture borrowed from inside the cottage.

The exhibition is a rare opportunity to experience this precious work of art, garden, and life, as elements of the cottage have been re-created and brought to life in the museum by theatre designer Jeremy Herbert.

Jarman's classic Modern Nature book
Jarman’s classic Modern Nature book

Film location

It includes films and archival material recorded by Jarman on his hand-held super 8 camera at Prospect Cottage, which was the location for films including The Last of England (1987) and The Garden (1990).

The exhibition displays paintings and sculptures from throughout Jarman’s career, on loan from The Keith Collins Will Trust.

Gardens and plants spilled into all elements of Jarman’s creative output, and when nominated for the Turner Prize in 1986 he described painting as ‘my secret garden… an escape’.

His black paintings of the 1980s, covered with tar and found objects from the beach and garden, are an emotive response to his HIV diagnosis, while his colourful landscapes from the early 1990s evoke the joy and beauty experienced in the garden at Prospect Cottage.

Online exhibition

If you can’t visit, The Garden Museum has created a new online exhibition, www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/jarmansgarden.

It delves deeper into the stories told in the museum exhibition, looking at Derek’s garden, art, activism, inspirations and legacy.

The online exhibition was made possible thanks to a project grant from Art Fund.

The Garden Museum is next to Lambeth Palace, London, visit www.gardenmuseum.org.uk.

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