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We are Unit London

Founded on our beliefs.
Driven by your passion.

Our Mission

Our core mission is the identification, development and exposure of talented and innovative artists for a contemporary audience.

Since the brand’s inception in 2013, Unit London has established a global artistic platform for the world’s most distinctive emerging talent. In an often opaque and impenetrable art world, Unit London seeks to identify, cultivate and expose works of art on a purely meritocratic basis. The gallery has successfully launched and advanced the careers of numerous important contemporary artists and remains a bastion of equity, innovation and sustainability.

Unit London prides itself on being an open and transparent institution whose purpose is to expand and diversify contemporary art audiences. In its reluctance to simply follow the traditional gallery formula, Unit London has become synonymous with the pioneering use of social media and digital content. The gallery endeavours to act as an orator and mediator: telling the story of today’s most gifted artists, whilst bridging the gap between the physical and virtual spheres of the art world; connecting people with the art they love.

 

Our founders

"We were both in the same art class, were both obsessed with the same artists, and would always spend overtime in the art studio. We were both painters so we’ve always had a real appreciation for artists working in that medium."

Art world elitism has always been anathema to close friends Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt; Unit London is a product of such disaffection. As Joe and Jonny navigated an inhospitable artistic landscape in their early-twenties, they became increasingly aware of the inherent restrictions in the art world. As young gallery directors they were - and still are - uniquely placed to influence the movement of the industry and help to realign its ingrained value systems. 

Seven years on from Unit London’s inception in September 2013, Joe and Jonny have redefined the concept of how a typical gallery should function and have created a model that is culturally relevant to contemporary audiences. Since 2013, Unit London has held several spaces across the capital, moving from pop-up spaces in Chiswick, Covent Garden and Soho, before the launch of the gallery’s flagship 6,000 ft space in the heart of Mayfair, on Hanover Square, in June 2018. 

Joe and Jonny were recently appointed Chairmen of MTV RE:DEFINE, one of America's most prominent and high-profile philanthropic art auctions. The pair were also named as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 entrepreneurs for their contributions to the global art & culture industries. Joe and Jonny are young Patrons of various cultural institutions including Tate, Serpentine and the Royal Academy, and sit on the advisory boards for multiple art prizes, fairs and awards. 

In the last year the gallery has hosted over 15 exhibitions, including stand-out shows from Helen Beard, Ryan Hewett, Jake Wood-Evans and Zhuang Hong Yi. Today, Joe and Jonny continue to push the boundaries of how a gallery should operate, building a decidedly 21st century practice that aims to alter and disrupt a stagnant status quo.

 

Our History

2019 Recap
December 2019

2019 Recap

At the end of our first full year in the Mayfair space, Unit London could be a place of quiet repose. However, as 2019 saw the gallery host 18 shows, establish Unit Uncovers - our programme for emerging artists - and introduce the brand abroad with a show in LA, the bar is set high for 2020. Work is well underway to bring U another amazing year of shows.
New Mayfair headquarters
June 2018

New Mayfair headquarters

Unit London launches a flagship 6,000 sq. ft space in the heart of Mayfair, on Hanover Square. Designed by the founders, the space offers an incredible platform for us to write the next chapter of our story. The first exhibition in the new site will be a show of new works by Ryan Hewett.
New York Times feature
January 2017

New York Times feature

In a year of astounding global media coverage, Unit London headline the New York Times culture pages, alongside art world figures Brett Gorvy, Stefan Simchowitz and Matt Carey-Williams.
Gallery moves to Soho
August 2016

Gallery moves to Soho

Having set up pop-up galleries in more than 5 different empty spaces in Covent Garden, the gallery entered into a longer-term 2 year lease on Soho's iconic Wardour Street, where we hosted some of our finest exhibitions to date.
Our first solo show
May 2015

Our first solo show

Having moved gallery spaces again at the end of 2014 - our fourth pop-up - we decided to stage our first solo exhibition, with South African painter Ryan Hewett. The show was widely acclaimed and was entirely sold out before the doors were open.
One year anniversary
September 2014

One year anniversary

With undying belief in the potential of the gallery, our founders decided to move the gallery to Central London, where they could reach a wider audience.
Our first exhibition
October 2013

Our first exhibition

In October 2013, we hosted our first ever exhibition - a group show titled Looking For U, which featured paintings from our two founders, alongside works from 12 other emerging artists.
It started with U...
September 2013

It started with U...

The Unit London journey started in 2013, and originated as a concept. We wanted to put "you" - the people - back at the heart of the art experience. Setting up in an empty charity shop in West London, the journey begun...

Our locations

Unit London

Our expansive Mayfair space packs a punch.

We have always believed that the future of contemporary art lies in the seamless union of digital and analogue. Our Mayfair space was entirely designed by the gallery directors, providing a stunning platform for our artists to tell their stories to the world. See U soon. 

 

 

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