This exhibition was influenced by an eye-opening experience we took to India back in 2014, and now we need your help to change the lives of street children in the country.
We visited India back in July 2014 and absolutely fell in love with the amazing country. Our time there was an experience to say the least, and although we had the holiday of a lifetime, we witnessed some of the poorest people we had ever come across, and something just didn't sit right about it.
We saw many horrific things whilst in India, children as young as five, holding babies as young as six months, begging on the street for money and food, dirty, unloved and uneducated, this was far from the upbringing we had here in the UK.
But it was one child that we wouldn't forget. We had headed to Ambala Train Station, to catch our first sleeper train to Agra, so we could go and see the Taj Mahal. We went to the station early, as we had heard traffic from Chandigarh was sometimes horrendous. So, after a long bus ride, we arrived at Ambala in the pitch black, waiting on a platform for a delayed train, surrounded by homeless people laying on the floor, people begging, and one young child following us around whilst he inhaled drugs from a bag. This little boy, around eight or nine years old, left us alone after the police stopped him from trying to reach our bags, but we saw him as we were boarding the train, passed out on the floor - alone.
This was just something we couldn't ignore, and so, we did some research when we got home and we were absolutely astonished to find that more than 25 million children live on the streets and in slums across India, many of which are forced into child trafficking, child labour, or begging on the streets.
We needed to help, because we realised how fortunate we were, and how if people like us in countries like the UK didn't help, then these people would always struggle.
And so, we created Equals, a platform whereby we could run a series of annual design exhibitions to raise money for people less fortunate than us, starting with helping street children in India.
We approached a vast number of agencies and designers from all across the world, and luckily, one by one, they all started to get on board with our project, until finally, 63 different designers from 16 different countries were backing our exhibition idea.
We've titled our first event the Present! Exhibition, which will hopefully raise enough money to build a 12-child home for Angel House, an Indian charity helping street children all over the country.
Angel House is an established organisation that started in 2010 when they unveiled their first rescue orphanage to aid 50 street children in the country, and now, they run a total of 72 orphanages all across the East of India.
Present! - which is part of London Design Festival - is looking to add to that, and we just need £1,500 to help pay for our final print costs to make it a reality.
Pledge £5 or more and we will include you as a contributor and supporter of the Present! Exhibition, and your name will be displayed on our website and at the event beginning 19th September.
Pledge £12 or more and receive an invitation to our VIP opening event on 18th September. You will be invited to our VIP event on the 18th September at The Proud Archivist alongside the participants of our event. You will also be classed as a contributor of our event.
Pledge £25 or more and as well as being listed as a contributor and being given an invite to our VIP event, you will also receive a limited print run of the Present! Exhibition poster and be given a free ticket to our guest talks on 19th September - more details can be found on our website.
Pledge £40 or more and receive a signed postcard from one of our contributors, as well as a ticket to our VIP event, our guest talks and will be classed as a contributor.
Pledge £60 or more and receive a signed video game zine by Murray Somerville plus all of the above.
Pledge £85 or more and receive a limited print in an exclusive colour of Build's A-Z poster. Includes an invite to the VIP event, our guest talks, a signed postcard, a limited Present! poster and your name as a contributor.
Pledge £105 or more and receive goodie bag of toys from The Hang Gang. Includes invite to the VIP event, our guest talks, a signed postcard, limited Present! poster and your name as a contributor.
Pledge £115 or more and receive an original and signed drawing from Murray Somerville, plus one of the limited A-Z prints from Build. Includes an invite to the VIP event, our guest talks, a signed postcard, a limited Present! poster and your name as a contributor.
Pledge £135 or more and receive a signed book from Unit Editions, plus an original and signed drawing from Murray Somerville and one of the limited A-Z prints from Build. Also includes an invite to the VIP event, our guest talks, a signed postcard, a limited Present! poster and your name as a contributor.
Pledge £160 or more and receive a signed Orb screen print by Malika Favre. Includes an invite to the VIP event, our guest talks, a signed postcard, a limited Present! poster and your name as a contributor.
Involved in our exhibition are the following designers:
&Larry (Singapore) / Aaron Vinton (USA) / Alphabet (UK) / Analogue (UK) / Asylum (Singapore) / Attak (Netherlands) / Bedow (Sweden) / Ben The Illustrator (UK) / Bleed (Norway) / Bravo (Singapore) / Bread Collective (UK) / Brody Associates (UK) / Build (UK) / Casper Heijkenskjold (Denmark) / Chantal Chya Hsu (Taiwan) / Chistopher Burnett (UK) / Craig Oldham (UK) / Demian Conrad (Switzerland) / Design by Toko (Australia) / Design Studio London (UK) / Dominic Kesterton (UK) / DR.ME (UK) / Du.St (UK) / Estudio Primo (Spain) / Eve Warren (UK) / GBH (UK) / George Simkin (UK) / Giulia Garbin (UK) / Hauge + Hauge (UK) / Heydays (Norway) / Hort (Germany) / Hungry Sandwich Club (UK) / James Clapham (UK) / James Reid (UK) / Jay Cover (UK) / Joe Leadbeater (UK) / Jon Bland (UK) / Joseph Veazey (USA) / Luke O'Brien (UK) / Lundgren + Lindqvist (Sweden) / Made by Tung (Canada) / Malika Favre (France) / Marcel Hausler (Germany) / Monikers (USA) / Mucho (USA) / Murray Somerville (UK) / Oh Yeah Studio (Norway) / Only (UK) / Orlando Lloyd (UK) / Raw (UK) / Roots (Singapore) / Sam Barclay (UK) / Sam Cook (UK) / Sandra Doeller (Germany) / Sarah Boris (UK) / Sarp Sozdinler (Turkey) / Side by Side (UK) / Sneaky Raccoon (UK) / Spin (UK) / Tom Love (UK) / Tsto (Finland) / Two Times Elliott (UK) / Wade Jeffree (Australia) / The Work Bench (Singapore) / Yoni Alter (UK) & Zipeng Zhu (USA)
Risks and challenges
There's always a possibility that we won't raise enough money to build a 12-child home for Angel House, but that doesn't mean your contributions will amount to nothing. Angel House also dig clean water wells for £1,925, so we could end up buying four or five - which will in turn, help street children in India.
Our rewards also might be delivered a few weeks later than expected due to distribution abroad, so bare with us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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