Kemistry Gallery is a small, independent gallery ‘dedicated to exhibiting the work of outstanding graphic designers both past, present and upcoming’. What this actually means is you get up and personal with some outstanding graphics – design that is good enough to be exhibited and cross the divide into the art world.
I really enjoy the size of the space and the fact you get so close to some iconic designs. For example, I went to the excellent exhibition ‘Bass Notes: The film posters of Saul Bass’, a subject so large in the design world that the exhibition would not have been out of place at the Design Museum or Tate Modern. I have also seen exhibitions on the information graphics of South Korea courtesy of the agency Zero Per Zero and the now famous Homework agency of Poland and their fantastic poster designs.
The gallery obviously caters to those interested in graphic design (is that a niche market?) and with that in mind you can buy work from current and past exhibitions or from the Kemistry Gallery Commissions series.
The exhibitions change every couple of months, so it is worth joining the mailing list, especially as you will then know about the opening night and the free beer and wine that invariably flows on those occasions. Be careful though as a lot of work on display is for sale and you can easily get carried away… or at least I can.