After a decade of intense activity and exhibitions dedicated solely to the art of graphic design, last December 2014 Kemistry Gallery has had to shut its doors due to a hike in rent prices and the sale of the premises on Charlotte Road. But Kemistry is fighting back with the hope to become the UK’s first Centre for Graphic Design, and thanks to the help of the Arts Council and a successful Kickstarter campaign that has raised more than £16.000, is now back with a new pop-up exhibition hosted in the spaces of Protein Studio:
100 Years of Graphic Design
If you are graphic design enthusiasts and passionate about printing, illustration and posters as much as we are, you can’t miss this unique retrospective ranging from 1914 to 2015. You can find the artworks of some graphic legends of the 20th century like Saul Bass, Hans Hillmann and Milton Glaser, as well as some unattributed Polish cinema posters of the ’60’s alongside propaganda images of the radical group OSPAAAL.
The artworks aren’t displayed by following a timeline or a theme, here colors are clearly the curatorial key, so get prepared to start with a black and white prints wall, and then dive into the most colorful graphics of the last 100 years!
“I think graphic design has always been seen as something disposable and slightly commercial, and something that doesn’t really rate as an art form. Kemistry Gallery was set up to try and change that perception and show things have a value” – Graham McCallum