Keep Kemistry Alive

Monday night I felt quite restless and couldn’t sleep. But at 11.29pm I felt much better – I became a backer of Kemistry Gallery’s ‘Keep Kemistry Alive’ kickstarter campaign.

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So what is Kemistry Gallery and what’s happening to it?
Kemistry is a small independent gallery that has been exhibiting cutting edge talent and legendary graphic designers (including Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Ken Garland) work in Shoreditch, London since 2004. Unfortunately the gallery is set to close (thanks to the redevelopment of it’s current building) but Kemistry aren’t going quietly…

So why is Kemistry important?
It is the only space in London that is dedicated to Graphic Design/Graphic Art. Sure, there are many other great galleries but none quite like Kemistry. The Arts Council have awarded £15,000 to Kemistry’s cause, but Kemistry must raise the rest. This is where Kickstarter comes in. All you have to do is pledge some money – from £1 to £100 (if you’re feeling flush) because every little helps. And there are plenty of incentives too ranging from postcards and books to limited edition prints. If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, there is a certain amount of time which is given to raise the money, people can pledge a donation and if the project reaches its target it gets funded and your money goes towards something brilliant – hooray! If the project doesn’t reach it’s target, you don’t pay a penny. But we don’t want that to happen of course…

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So what will the money go towards?
A pop-up exhibition to begin with: ‘Kemistry Gallery: 10 years, 60 works’ featuring the best work from the past 10 years of Kemistry. This exhibition/celebration will raise the profile and hopefully lead to Kemistry’s aim of being established as “the UK’s first centre dedicated solely to graphic art and design”. It’s an important part in the future of Graphic Design – education, inspiration and recognition can all be provided via this plan to create a graphics ‘hub’ as such.

 

 

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A lot of people are getting behind the cause because imagine if in the future there isn’t a Graphics gallery space! Creative Review and It’s Nice That have been raising awareness but with just 8 days left, Kemistry still need to raise just under £5,000 to meet their target. So let’s all pull together and donate what you can…

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Spread the word on twitter too by hashtagging #SaveKemsitryGallery & lets all keep our #fingerscrossed for good news!

 

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4 Comments

  1. creative_cowell@hotmail.co.uk'
    Danielle
    20/11/2014 / 2:24 pm

    I saw this the other day when on kick-starter and thought it was a really cool place – I’d never heard of it before?

    • 20/11/2014 / 2:39 pm

      Yeah it’s quite small but actually important as the only gallery dedicated to Graphic Design in the UK! I’ve been once but hoping to see more… Hope you donated? 😉

  2. thisistopa@gmail.com' 13/12/2014 / 6:39 am

    This looks like a great place, very stylish! I hope they make it! 🙂

    • 13/12/2014 / 8:38 am

      I should include an update really ha Yes they did make it in the end, so great news! 🙂

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