Exhibition – The Jamie Brannan Archive

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27th May 2017 @ 12:00 – 18:00 Europe/London Timezone
Tannery Studios
Unit 8 Rich Estate
46 Willow Walk, London SE1 5SF
020 7237 3198

The Jamie Brannan Archive

The Jamie Brannan Archive Exhibition is a visualisation of a ongoing research project into the collection of an early San Francisco based tech entrepreneur. The exhibition combines archival materials with the works of young artists that reflect the ethos of her collection.


The Jamie Brannan Archive Exhibition is a visualisation of a larger research project about the art collection of an early San Francisco Bay Area tech entrepreneur who commissioned and collected artworks while creating an influential startup.

Jamie Brannan’s business, GoldRush, an online flower delivery company promised to deliver arrangements in selected cities within a half hour of their orders. GoldRush took off with major investment in the mid to late 1990s developing a network of warehouses and delivery vehicles. The company and its initial hires were based in Brannan’s Mid-Century Eichler tract home.

With the early success of her business Brannan began to purchase and commission work by Bay Area artists that were hung in her home. Brannan’s collection included works by Bernice Bing, William T. Wiley and Squeak Carnwath, as well as unknown young artists and graphic designers from the California College of Arts and Crafts. After the dot-com bubble burst Brannan left the tech industry in 2001 dissolving her art collection of an estimated 250 artworks.

The Jamie Brannan Archive Exhibition combines archival materials with the works of young florists, artists, illustrators and graphic designers that reflect the ethos of Jamie Brannan’s original collection. Inspired by California wildflowers and the type of arrangements that were sold through the GoldRush website, Alice McCabe, a florist and painter has developed two floral arrangements. Paintings by McCabe echo the inventive abstract narratives that Brannan seems to be drawn to in her own collecting practises. Illustrator Priya Sundram responded to Jamie Brannan’s unique position as a female entrepreneur in the tech field by creating a series of posters. Based on a former employee’s description graphic designer Christian Corless has reconstructed the GorldRush logo.

McCabe, Sundram and Corless’ contemporary pieces highlight the distinctiveness of the Jamie Brannan collection in the nascent dot.com world and opens up questions of the relationship between the art world and tech collectors.


The Jamie Brannan Archive
26 May 2017 – 26 Jun 2017
Tuesday- Friday 11am–6pm | Saturday-Sunday 12–6pm | Monday Closed
Free entry

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Public Transport

Buses: 1 & 78 stop outside on Grange Road, 42 & 188 stop Tower Bridge Road/Grange Road

Tube: Bermondsey, London Bridge, Borough | Overground: Canada Water then bus No 1 to Grange Road

On Foot: From London Bridge is a 20 min walk. From Borough station is a 15 min walk.

Parking: There is limited car parking in the courtyard


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