Rocket Gallery founded 1994
The world of Rocket is one that its founder Jonathan Stephenson has nurtured for over two decades. Stephenson’s vision has spawned a ‘laboratory’ for exploring the crossover of the worlds of art, photography, design and, more recently, fashion. He is a true independent... Max Fraser, London Design Guide
Established in 1994 Rocket Gallery first occupied a former tailor’s showroom on Old Burlington Street in the West End of London with a large Mayfair shopfront. In 2003 the Gallery relocated to a converted warehouse space on the ground floor of the Tea Building on Shoreditch High Street in the East End of London – an area undergoing a rapid gentrification.
In August 2013 Jonathan Stephenson acquired the 999 year lease on a 4,000 square foot shell unit in the Broadway Market area of Hackney. He embarked on an architectural adventure to design and convert the raw space into a permanent home for Rocket and all facets of the creative business.
After a gruelling eighteen months of construction work the Gallery entered a new phase in April 2015,
re-opening with a group show entitled Finished/Applied – featuring paintings, sculpture & photographs by Martin Parr, Michelle Grabner, Ditty Ketting, Lars Wolter, Charles Hill and Peter Hedegaard – juxtaposed with applied art by the fashion designer Jonathan Saunders and the German painter Imi Knoebel.
The opening of the new Rocket premises was the subject of an article, ‘Rocket man’, published by Wallpaper*