Weʼre raising £550,000 to save a monumental site-specific body of outsider art in London.
- 10 days to go
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SAVE GERRY'S POMPEII
Protect the otherworldly legacy left behind by a man in his social housing flat and garden i west London! It features roughly 200 concrete and mixed media sculptures, around 170 wall mounted works and a 50 metre long mural along the Grand Union Canal. It is a melting pot of royal (and popular) history, all things sparkly and the creative and unassuming genius of Gerard (Gerry) Dalton (b Athone, Ireland 1935 - d. London 2019).
The flat is owned by Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association. They have policies to provide housing for a new tenant following Gerry's Recent Passing, which forces them to reposes the flat by Oct.31.
******************************* UPDATE ************************************* An extension for Gerry's legacy to stay in situ until December 6th has been confirmed by a Notting Hill Genesis Representative. *******************************************************************************
It has always been a central pillar to our campaign that any solution will not affect social housing negatively. During any period of extension, we want to funds to house the new tenant in an external flat, while the future Gerry's Pompeii is given a reasonable process of preservation and consideration over time.
Notting Hill Genesis claim the only way to save Gerry's Pompeii in situ is to buy the property at its current value of £550,000.
Although we believe there are other solutions than buying the property straight up , this sum has to be the main goal for our fundraiser.
The fund will aid the end goal of our campaign and work as a safety net while we are trying to extend the current date of eviction: DEC 6TH...
....So that we have time to reach our fundraising goal and work out a lasting future and continual growth of Gerry's Pompeii.
Gerry's Pompeii could be a small part time museum that would give back to the community in which this masterpiece was created.
- It could host workshops, public programmes and collaborate with local community organisations.
- It could generate financial support to Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association.
- It could become a flagship of the importance of social housing, and remain open to the public rather than ending up in private collections.
Understandably, this requires a lot of groundwork and an extended deadline.
These ideas are only suggestions at this point and we would ensure that any plans for a museum would take serious consideration to locals and neighbours.
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP
We are currently faced with three different possibilities of this campaign:
1. Buy the property at estimated cost
Donations will add to a larger fundraising project of raising the full amount of the property. Donations will also go directly towards setting up a fund for maintenance and running costs of the Museum.
2. Extend the date of eviction
This will allow us more time to work out a viable solution that considers all parts of the situation. Donations will go directly to pay rent and other maintenance costs during this stay of execution. The Estimated cost for Gerry's flat and an externally provided flat for the new tentant is £2000/pcm
3. Document, transport and store work
If we fail to come to an agreement with Genesis, your money can help fund the last resort and still make sure the work is kept safe for the future.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you can provide further help, or if you want to find out more!
Some quotes from our visitors so far:
A very important place! There is no other environment of this size and quality in the U.K."
Amazing...It’s a folk version of the National Portrait Gallery"
Sir Charles Saumarez Smith CBE
...I have seldom been so affected."
Richard Wentworth, Artist
“Gerry’s obsession with creating, with turning his home into a museum of his own making, has produced a truly unique experience in a one bed flat nestled on the banks of the canal. Everyone involved in the campaign has a hugely important task to preserve this remarkable home which is at once a vital piece of local history and a monumental artwork. I was fortunate enough to be able to explore the catacombs of Gerry’s miniature palaces and walk among the regiments of Maida Vale’s concrete army, and I wholeheartedly support the campaign to save Gerry’s home so that many others may do the same.”
Louis Platman, curator at the Geffrye Museum of the Home
The extent of the magic of Gerry’s Pompeii can only really be appreciated first hand and in its context which is within the walls of Gerry's flat, garden and the canal far beyond. This complete environment is a product of Gerry's surroundings and should be preserved in situ so that his community can enjoy his legacy.
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Jan 16, 2020
Richard and Debbie
Dec 24, 2019
Thanks to Nick Hall and Alison for introducing us to your wonderful glades and gardens
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Thank you Sasha for organising an extraordinary tour of Gerry's Pompeii.
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I am a freelance curator and now full time guide for Gerry's Pompeii. Visitor's reactions over the last five weeks have, without exception, been ones of astonishment and wonder. Gerry's friends, family and local residents want to help save his world for the nation to inspire.