£1,670

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £16.25
£6,000 target 16 days left
27% 86 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 1st February 2021 at 4:14pm

Pen Gallery is a non profit contemporary art gallery and store that will showcase and nurture local talent.

by Emma Rowland in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

Pen Gallery is a non-profit contemporary art gallery aiming to raise £6000 to offer local artists a place to sell & exhibit work.

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Opening in February 2021 as part of a high street regeneration programme on Kingland Crescent, Poole. Pen Gallery will be a non-profit contemporary art gallery and store that showcases and nurtures local talent. All profits go back into keeping our exhibition space free to the public.

With the space split 60/40, the back of the unit will feature our exhibitions. With around 6 months of well curated exhibitions already planned and incredible work lined up, the exhibitions will change often and will be accompanied by events and children's activities. Our first exhibition is already shaping up to be very exciting and you can keep up to date via our social media & website. If you join our mailing list you will be the first to know! 

The store at the front will be a space for makers and creatives from across Dorset to sell work. We already have such a wide range of talented people on board who have created everything and anything from candles, cushions, one off photography prints to wall hangings.

We know that art galleries can be a daunting place for those who don't feel so at home in the world of art, and that is why we have designed the space with the store at the front. We hope that a friendly face and a bright store front will ease new art lovers to the back to experience our exhibitions.

We hope that Pen Gallery will become a welcoming and friendly space for everyone to experience all kinds of art.

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2020 has been difficult for most, especially for those in the arts. With film and photography sets at a standstill, large companies cutting their advertising and design budgets, and galleries closing indefinitely creatives from all walks of life have struggled. We want Pen Gallery to grow from this and become a sympathetic and open space for people to network, sell work and create. 

When Covid restrictions ease we will be hosting a wide range of events, from drawing classes, dinners in the gallery to film night and gigs. We want to bring the best of Dorset's creatives, whether that's food or music and dance, right onto the high street for everybody to enjoy.

We see Pen Gallery becoming a recognised community art hub in the South. Our aim is to amplify local voices and give everybody the opportunity to access art free of charge. If you would like to organise an event or you feel you can bring something to this vision, please email us at pengallery.emma@gmail.com

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After being made redundant in early 2020 I found myself in a bit of a limbo. After 5 temporary jobs just this year alone, when the opportunity at Kingland came up I thought it was the perfect time to put forward my idea. A community space, to showcase local creatives and where the profits can't be dished out to the big wigs.

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1608490260_kingland.jpgWe have been given an incredible opportunity on Kingland Crescent, by having our own store rent & business rate free for two years (!!), however any little money will help. Every donation will provide an opportunity for everyone who steps through our doors.

Money will be going towards a range of projects enabling us to;

  • Support a part time job (currently it is just me 7 days a week!)
  • Buy art supplies to enable us to run art activities for kids
  • Supply tea bags and biscuits for volunteers (for more info on volunteering please email pengallery.store@gmail.com)
  • Increase our ability to reach tough to reach communities and engage with them through art
  • Support local artists, through exhibitions, marketing, selling or just friendly chats
  • Provide extra lighting for different exhibitions, to make sure work looks its very best

If you have got this far and donated, thank you so very much. Your money does not just support a gallery, it is sustaining your local high street, creating jobs and providing art to those who may not have had access to it before. Please check which rewards you are eligible for and if you have any issues please get in touch. 

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We completely understand if 2020 hasn't been the best to your pocket. A share can go a mile, so please spread this campaign amongst your friends and family and follow @pengallerystore on Instagram and Facebook.

You can also join our mailing list for juicy updates!

Film by - Joao Carmo Instagram @joao_carmo00

Animations by - Olga Petrusewicz Instagram @olgafilet

Music by - George Juchau Instagram @_suburbanmonk

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£5 Swimmer postcard - Kezia Blain

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£5 Mini art for big art lovers. A5 mini print.

Isabel Behan -  Pink Circle

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Isabel Behan - Blue Circle 

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Beatrice Simpkiss - Vintage lemon stamp

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Matt Trapp - Ferry Light 

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Katy Throgmorton - Blue and pink

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Cam Deegan - Tree and street corner 

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Grace Bedford - Bluequet 

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£15 I don't want to go insane Zine

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£40 Tote Bag

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£50 Cut Cups

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£30 Paint Shop Studio 

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£50 Riso Print 

Katy Throgmorton

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Lauren Marina

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£70 Viper Gin & Glasses

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£100 Artist Print

Olympia von Woellwarth Lauterburg

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Matt Trapp 

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Cam Deegan

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Sam Cashmore

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Myles Bailey

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

10 of 20 claimed

Invite to our opening night

An invite to our opening night! In February, or when Covid allows! Plus a virtual cup of tea and a virtual hug.

£5 or more

A5 mini print

Mini art for big art lovers. A5 artist print. Choose from local photographers, artists and graphic designers and illustrators. All images are at the bottom of the project overview page.

£5 or more

A5 mini print - more options!

With this selection, choose from - Cam Deegan, Katy Throgmorton or Grace Bedford.

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Swimmer postcard - Kezia Blain

12 x 12cm Swimmer postcard by Artist Kezia Blain. "2020 was a testing year and this image very much represents the myriad of feelings it brought. A blind feeling out of the dark. A swimmers strength to persevere. Delving into the unknown and returning renewed. Seeing a glimpse of light and turning toward, instead of away. Not giving up hope."

£10 or more

Virtual cup of tea & hug

We will make you a virtual cup of tea and give you a virtual hug.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Paint Shop Studio Spray Paint

The wonderful team at Paint Shop Studio have donated 4 cans of paint, in Kingland Colours. Take a walk down Kingland to see their amazing mural in real life - or use these and try create your own. *pls ask permission before spray painting your mums living room. Image at the bottom of the project page.

£40 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Pen Gallery Tote Bag

Pen Gallery tote bag! The most wanted item of 2021. It can hold a laptop, a bottle of gin, 3 POSCA pens and an apple (sadly these items will not be included). Of course a virtual cup of tea, a virtual hug & an invite to our opening night.

£50 or more

A3 Riso Print - Katy Throgmorton

A3 Riso Print by local artist Katy. Image at the bottom of the project page. Of course we will invite you to the opening night and send you your virtual cuppa and hug!

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Dark Room Print - Matt Trapp

12x10 dark room print by Matt Trapp. Image at the bottom of the project page. Of course we will invite you to the opening night and send you your virtual cuppa and hug!

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Dark Room Print - Cam Deegan

Dark room print by Cam Deegan. Image at the bottom of the project page. Of course we will invite you to the opening night and send you your virtual cuppa and hug!

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Dark Room Print - Sam Cashmore

One off 8x10 dark room print by Sam Cashmore. Image at the bottom of the project page. Of course we will invite you to the opening night and send you your virtual cuppa and hug!

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Photography Print - Myles Bailey

Print by Myles Bailey, image at the bottom of the project page. Of course we will invite you to the opening night and send you your virtual cuppa and hug!

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Print - Olympia von Woellwarth Lauterburg

18 x 12” print 'Dunes' by Olympia von Woellwarth Lauterburg, image at the bottom of the project page. Of course we will invite you to the opening night and send you your virtual cuppa and hug!

£200 or more

0 of 2 claimed

2 Riso Prints & Tote Bag

2 small Riso Prints by Katy Throgmorton and tote bag. Of course, a virtual cuppa & a virtual hug and an invite to our opening night.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

ånd Fragrance selection

A selection of ånd Fragrances. Opening on Kingland too, ånd Fragrance are all about ethical scents. Supporting communities whose voices need to be heard at this time of ecological and climate crisis. Vegan, hand formulated & sourced materials. Image at the bottom of the project page.

£1,000 or more

Thank you!

Whoa there big spender! The biggest thank you we can muster. A real cup of tea and a real hug (Covid depending) An artist print, a tote bag and an invite to our opening night. Also, a personal preview to all our exhibitions and a chance to meet the wonderful artists!

£5,000 or more

HUGE Thank you!

Bleedin Heck! This kind of money makes a huge difference to our community. You are supporting not just the gallery but every single person who steps through our doors, if they are selling art or just there to experience it. A very special discount card. A lovely hand written thank you, by myself & updates of where your hard earned money has gone. We will sort out an art reward just for you.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

I don't want to go insane - Zine

I don't want to go insane. A non-profit publication, raising awareness of mental health, with artists from across the globe. The zines can be found in UK Libraries and have been showcased at Rotterdam Zine fest. Of course, we will invite you to our opening night and get ya virtual cuppa and a hug. Image at the bottom of the project page.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

A3 Cacti Print - Lauren Marina

A3 Cacti Print by Poole local Lauren Marina. made on recycled card. Image at the bottom of the project page. Of course we will invite you to the opening night and send you your virtual cuppa and hug!

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cut Cups

The wonderful Liv from Cut Cups creates stunning tableware that is dangerously instagrammable. Get your hands on two Cut Cups to style that table oh so. Of course, you'll get an invite to our opening night and a virtual cuppa & hug. Image at the bottom of the project page.

£70 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Viper Gin & Glasses

Our wonderful Kingland Crescent neighbours at Viper Gin have donated a bottle & two glasses to help you get through 2021. Of course, we will invite you to our opening night too!

Let's make 'Pen Gallery' happen

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