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London’s iconic Kemistry Gallery is facing closure. Support our pop-up 10th anniversary show and secure our future in a new home.
London’s iconic Kemistry Gallery is facing closure. Support our pop-up 10th anniversary show and secure our future in a new home.
587 backers pledged £16,293 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it!

Thank you so much to everyone who pledged, who Tweeted and who shouted or wrote about the campaign. You put the fun in funded.

We can’t wait to see as many of you as possible at the pop-up exhibition in February (dates and venue tbc soon).

For more info about the exhibition, the book and the next steps towards building the UK’s first National Centre for Graphic Design, please sign up to our newsletter in the bottom right-hand corner of our website homepage kemistrygallery.co.uk

For other news and ongoings at Kemistry Gallery, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Thank you all again, so much. Jean Jullien made the illustration below for us in honour of you all.

And thank you Kickstarter. It’s been amazing.

The Kemistry Gallery Team

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Kemistry Kristmas Rewards

Following a festive brainwave from one of our fans, if we hit our funding goal we'll send out the following rewards in time for, ahem, Kristmas:

  • 2 x Lucky Dip Gallery Postcards - £10 ALL GONE!
  • 2 x Lucky Dip Anthony Burrill Postcards - £10 
  • Lucky Dip Kemistry Gallery archive posters - £15 ALL GONE!
  • Kemistry sign test K - £80 ALL GONE!
  • Yoni Alter Shapes of NY/SF/LDN A2 Limited Edition Screen Print - £135 ALL GONE!
  • Limited Edition Digital Parra Print - £150 ALL GONE!
  • Anthony Burrill - Mesa & Cadeira screen print series - £160
  • Alan Fletcher 'Pizza' print and poster bundle - £220 ALL GONE!

So if you'd like to treat your nearest and dearest, or even yourself, you can. And if you have previously bought one of these rewards, it too will be shipped in time for the break. (Please note that Kickstarter's system won't allow us to update the reward delivery dates to reflect this, but it will happen). 

The Kemistry Team :)

Now, back to the campaign... 

What is Kemistry? 

For ten years Shoreditch’s Kemistry Gallery has been the UK’s leading exhibition space for cutting-edge graphic design, supporting and showcasing the brightest emerging talents (including Parra, UVA and Geoff Mcfetridge) and classic masters (from Saul Bass and Ken Garland to Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast) alike.

Now, as we face closure following the impending redevelopment of our current home, at Kemistry Gallery we're looking to finance a pop-up exhibition in February 2015, which will be both a celebration of ten years of pioneering graphic design exhibitions, and a pilot for the next phase of Kemistry Gallery’s existence.

Friends of Kemistry outside our current home on Charlotte Road, Shoreditch. You'll see our neon sign that hasn't been turned off since we arrived 10 years ago, and our famous front door, which is repainted with a different iconic design every month.
Friends of Kemistry outside our current home on Charlotte Road, Shoreditch. You'll see our neon sign that hasn't been turned off since we arrived 10 years ago, and our famous front door, which is repainted with a different iconic design every month.

Why a pop-up exhibition? 

Arts Council England has already committed to support us in our efforts to pilot a new version of the gallery, to coincide with our 10th anniversary. This special exhibition, entitled 'Kemistry Gallery: 10 years 60 works', will be hosted in an East London location, running from the beginning of February and will present highlights from a decade of celebrating the very best of classic and contemporary visual communication, including work by Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Parra, Jean Jullien, Anthony Burrill and many more.

Milton Glaser and Saul Bass are just two of the design icons who have exhibited at Kemistry
Milton Glaser and Saul Bass are just two of the design icons who have exhibited at Kemistry

The pop-up version of Kemistry will also feature a café, a bar and a series of talks by leading design figures, showcasing some of the new features that will be part of the revamped Kemistry Gallery when it reopens later in 2015. There will also be a major new publication on the gallery’s history produced to coincide with the exhibition. (More on the book below!)

Leading contemporary designers like Jean Jullien and Geoff McFetridge are contributing art works to the pop-up exhibition
Leading contemporary designers like Jean Jullien and Geoff McFetridge are contributing art works to the pop-up exhibition

'Kemistry Gallery: 10 Years 60 Works' promises to be a truly unique event, not just a taste of things to come with the new permanent Kemistry Gallery, but in itself one of the most ambitious and exciting explorations the past, present and future of graphic design to take place in London for many years.

And we couldn't do an exhibition without including Parra too (his first ever gallery show was at Kemistry)
And we couldn't do an exhibition without including Parra too (his first ever gallery show was at Kemistry)

How the pop-up exhibition might look

We hope something like this...

Kemistry - The Book

We figured if we’re going to think big we might as well think really big, so as part of the campaign we're going to publish a book. A comprehensive history of graphic design told through shows at Kemistry, it will contain contributions, commentary and stories from the founders Graham and Ricky and the artists themselves. It will be a beautiful hard-back edition with quality prints of all the great works (new and old) exhibited over the decade, behind the scenes photos, and words from celebrated commentators.

We're in final talks with a top publisher right now, watch this space for exciting news on who that will be. As the book is still being designed, the first batch will be ready for delivery 12 months, but for those who want to get their hands on it before anyone else, we’ve added it as a campaign reward. 

How you can help

In order to put on the exhibition, we have to match the Arts Council’s award of £15,000 by raising an additional £15,000 to cover the exhibition’s costs. The success of the exhibition will help us establish a firm financial platform for the gallery’s permanent relocation, so we’re asking our close friends and fellow travellers in the design world and further afield to lend us a hand. 

Celebrated designer and print maker Anthony Burrill hanging his show for us in 2009.
Celebrated designer and print maker Anthony Burrill hanging his show for us in 2009.

Anything our well-wishers can spare will be truly gratefully received and duly acknowledged in a range of rewards (see our rewards to the right and at the bottom of the page). You can hear from some of our more high profile supporters and advocates in the video above, but we look forward to welcoming into the Kemistry family anyone who has genuine curiosity in and passion for great design.

Just a few of the exhibitions at our soon-to-be gone Shoreditch home.
Just a few of the exhibitions at our soon-to-be gone Shoreditch home.

Where the money's going (costs!)

    Total Exhibition costs = £30k (£15k already committed by Arts Council England) 
  • Exhibition venue hire (East London location, at least 1000 sq ft) = £10k
  • Exhibition logistics (including transportation, installation and insurance) = £5k 
  • Exhibition build (including all necessary refurbishments, AV hire and additional lighting) = £5k
  • Exhibition staffing = £2k 
  • Exhibition marketing = £2k 
  • Kickstarter reward creation, packaging and posting = £4k
  • Contingency = £1k
    Spread the word!

To reach our goal of £15k we need to get as much of the design and Kickstarter community behind us as possible, so we'll be shouting about it on social throughout the campaign using the hashtag #SaveKemistryGallery. We hope you can join us too.

The mighty Jean Jullien has also created this #SaveKemistryGallery digital badge for us especially. Share it with pride! 

Jean Jullien's artwork, created especially for the Kickstarter campaign
Jean Jullien's artwork, created especially for the Kickstarter campaign

For the latest updates follow us on:

We'll be posting updates here on our Kickstarter too. 

If you want to get in touch with any thoughts or ideas or any feedback at all, we'd love to hear from you. Just email us at info@kemistrygallery.co.uk and please feel free to reach out on Twitter and Facebook as well. 

If you have any ideas about getting the message out to the media, we'd love it if you could email our friends at the The Well Communications using savekemistry@thewell.io

Our partners

We're delighted to have the support of the Arts Council behind us. For more info about who they are and the great work they do click here to visit their site. 

Short videos

Over the course of the campaign we'll be posting a series of videos from leading lights from the creative and design worlds.

Rewards (as images) 

Risks and challenges

We don’t anticipate any major hurdles in putting this show together. We have a highly experienced team who’ve been putting on exhibitions with Kemistry for many years, and the goodwill and support of all the artists lending us work for the show.

That said, working in a new venue that doesn’t come ready-to-go as an exhibition space presents some particular challenges, especially in building the infrastructure within the space to create the most dynamic and exciting exhibition possible. We’re confident that these logistical demands can be met on time and on budget by the team, especially as we’ll work closely with the venue to transform it into the perfect setting for this gallery space.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    ***Special Edition Jean Jullien #SaveKemistryGallery Postcard***

    Our friend and hugely talented French-illustrator Jean Jullien, has created a design just for our Kickstarter campaign. We’ll send the postcard to you, wherever you are in the world.

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    ***2 x Lucky Dip Postcards***

    Over the past 10 years we’ve hosted many shows, each with their own postcard. We’ll pick two and send them just for you.

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    ***2 x Lucky Dip Anthony Burrill Postcards*** In 2009 Anthony Hosted his critically-acclaimed exhibition 'In A New Place' at Kemistry. He's kindly donated these postcards from the show - we'll pick two and send them to you.

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    ***Special Edition Jean Jullien #SaveKemistryGallery Poster***

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    ***£25 Tickets to The Pop Up Private View***

    Access to the best party in graphic design ever (we hope). A greatest hits of design history on the walls plus legendary designers to chat to…

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    ***Special edition Jean Jullien 'Save Kemistry Gallery' t-shirt*** And for those who want to wear their support anytime, any place, we’ve got 60 t-shirts: 30 black, 30 white. We will message you at the end of the campaign for colour choice and which size you'd prefer.

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    ***Kemistry - The Book! A Signed, First Edition Copy and Invite to Book Launch***

    You’ll get a copy before it goes on sale, signed by Kemistry founder Graham McCallum, and we’ll put you down as a VIP for the launch in London around this time next year.

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    Pledge £70 or more About $113

    ***Kemistry - The Book! Plus a Private View Ticket*** A signed, first edition copy AND an invite to the Pop up show AND an invite to book launch

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    Pledge £80 or more About $129

    ***Kemistry Gallery Sign - Test K*** Our famous Kemistry Gallery sign was switched on 10 years ago and hasn’t been switched off since. Well, before our current sign there was the test sign - or test K for that matter. Today we’ve put it up as a reward. Perfect for anyone who wants to own a little piece of Kemistry Gallery history.

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    Pledge £135 or more About $218

    ***Yoni Alter Shapes of LDN/NYC/SF - A2 limited edition screenprint*** Thank you to Yoni for generously giving these. Only one of each available!

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    Pledge £150 or more About $242

    ***Limited Edition Digital Parra Print*** He's the only designer we've hosted twice and we love these two rare prints, but we're splitting them up for the Kickstarter campaign. We hope you like them as much as we do.

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    Pledge £160 or more About $258

    ***Anthony Burrill - Mesa & Cadeira, full set of 12 screen prints, signed and numbered*** From the poster series produced during a six day workshop in São Paulo, Brazil.

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    ***Alan Fletcher Bundle*** You’ll receive a special edition print of late, great designer’s ‘Pizza’ along with a ‘Mind Over Matter’ show poster.

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    ***Limited Edition Malika Favre Print***

    Malika has been incredibly generous and given us three of her prints specifically for the Kickstarter campaign.

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