Pen Gallery is a non-profit contemporary art gallery aiming to raise £6000 to offer local artists a place to sell & exhibit work.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We 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 email@example.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.
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
£5 Swimmer postcard - Kezia Blain
£5 Mini art for big art lovers. A5 mini print.
Isabel Behan - Pink Circle
Isabel Behan - Blue Circle
Beatrice Simpkiss - Vintage lemon stamp
Matt Trapp - Ferry Light
Katy Throgmorton - Blue and pink
Cam Deegan - Tree and street corner
Grace Bedford - Bluequet
£15 I don't want to go insane Zine
£40 Tote Bag
£50 Cut Cups
£30 Paint Shop Studio
£50 Riso Print
£70 Viper Gin & Glasses
£100 Artist Print
Olympia von Woellwarth Lauterburg