The Turner’s House Trust has launched a campaign to raise the £2.4 million they need to save a villa designed and built by the nation’s favourite artist.
After securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, and generous donations from its supporters the Trust now only needs £125,000. An ‘urgent’ crowdfunding campaign to “meet the funding gap” has already raised over £9,000 and will end on 7th March 2016.
Sandycombe Lodge, which was left to the Turner’s House Trust in 2010, is a unique part of London’s art history. Catherine Parry-Wingfield, chairman of Turner’s House Trust, said the building “is a rare three-dimensional work of art by Turner, England’s internationally renowned landscape painter. We must save it for future generations.”
The Grade II listed building will be restored to its original design and will entirely remove some unsightly later additions. However, major problems with damp and general decay have recently led to it being placed on English Heritage’s at risk register.
When it reopens in 2017, Sandycombe will allow visitors to explore everyday life in regency England and experience some of the ways Turner was influenced by the landscapes around him. The Trust will also expand its educational programmes both for the local community and wider audiences.