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Prospect Cottage, Derek Jarman’s Dungeness home, Kent
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Fancy a change of scene? Derek Jarman’s magical Kent cottage needs a new guardian

The stewards of Prospect Cottage are looking for a full-time custodian to manage the site

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

The stark, wild landscape of Dungeness has been attracting artists for decades. Perhaps most famously, film director and author Derek Jarman lived in the charming, coal-black Prospect Cottage – perhaps the ultimate end-of-the-world retreat. And now you could spend most of your time in this remarkable spot, too. 

Creative Folkestone, the organisation that manages the site, is looking for a guardian. The job ad says it is after a ‘mindful individual’ who can help keep the place in good nick. The role is a combination of practical and administrative jobs – think cataloguing items within the building, managing the utilities and gardening, plus a few public-facing tasks. Perhaps most importantly, the successful candidate will be required to ‘be integral in continuing the inspiring legacy of Derek Jarman’. No pressure, then. 

Having proven experience of caring for artworks or museum objects is desirable, as is a broad knowledge of Prospect Cottage. You’ll be required to work full time (including some weekends and evenings), and be available for specific dates such as Derek Jarman’s birthday (January 31, fyi).

Fancy taking on the role? It pays £21,149 (€25,115 or $26,466) per year, and the closing date for applications is Wednesday May 18. Find out everything you need to know on the Creative Folkestone website

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