About
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 21st century audience.

Since its inception in 2013, Unit London has strived to provide a unique and experimental platform for the world’s most distinctive emerging talent, showcasing their work to audiences across the globe in a manner which aims to be both authentic and indiscriminate. The gallery is responsible for the prominent rise of numerous important contemporary artists and remains firmly committed to the principles of nurturing, championing and developing the most exciting emerging talent – regardless of their age, background, or status.

The gallery continues to be recognised for its expansion and diversification of contemporary art audiences, using new technologies and pioneering approaches to communication. Rather than operating upon principles of exclusivity and social status, Unit London endeavours to act as a narrator, telling the story of today’s most gifted artists to a mainstream, global audience. 

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."

In 2013, feeling disenfranchised and disillusioned with the art world, long standing friends Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt decided to stage an art exhibition in West London. Over the past five years, they have built a gallery which is anything but traditional – garnering an international audience of millions both online and in their gallery spaces in Soho and Covent Garden prior to their current location in Mayfair where they established their flagship space in June 2018.

 Adopting progressive digital and communication strategies, Joe and Jonny are amongst the youngest gallerists in London, they have become the frontrunners in harnessing new and innovative in which contemporary art is culturally perceived, acquired, and engaged with. 

Our history

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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
New headquarters
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.

Reflections on our founders from the curators of 21st Century Women

Photo: Fru Tholstrup, Joe Kennedy, Jane Neal and Jonny Burt (from left to right).

“Unit’s team are young and forward-thinking in their attitudes to women as well as to the art world. They have embraced the opportunity to host an exhibition of all female artists, curated by two women, as a means to highlight the imbalance within the art world.” - Fru Tholstrup 

“Though significantly more women than men enter art school in Britain, only a fraction of these women continue to actively practice as artists beyond the age of 30. Nonetheless, a growing number of this minority of female artists are responsible for breaking new ground and contributing to the pioneering movements of today. It is high time that women artists attained greater visibility in the art world - and there is no excuse for discrepancy in price points between men and women in the primary or in the secondary markets. 21st Century Women is making a stand.” - Jane Neal

We believe in creating mass engagement with contemporary art and culture

We believe in creating mass engagement with contemporary art and culture

Joe Kennedy & Jonny Burt, 2018

Our locations

Unit London

Our brand new London site packs a punch.

We have always believed that the future of contemporary art lies in the seamless union of digital and analogue. Our new Mayfair gallery opens at the end of June. It has been designed in exact detail by the founders, provides a stunning platform for our artists to tell their stories to the world. We are thrilled to welcome you to Unit London, Mayfair and we hope to see U very soon...

3 Hanover Square, Mayfair; W1S 1HD.

 

Unit 6

A project space dedicated to group exhibitions and interdisciplinary events.

Conveniently located in the heart of Covent Garden, just one minute's walk from the tube station, Unit 6 is an immersive event and exhibition space, dedicated to experimental projects and programming. A grade I listed building with stunning exposed brick and industrial steelwork, the space is totally unique. We love to hear new ideas, so please contact us for more information or enquiries about the events and exhibition programming at Unit 6.  

6a Langley Street, Covent Garden; WC2H 9JA.

Unit 6

A project space dedicated to group exhibitions and interdisciplinary events.

Conveniently located in the heart of Covent Garden, just one minute's walk from the tube station, Unit 6 is an immersive event and exhibition space, dedicated to experimental projects and programming. A grade I listed building with stunning exposed brick and industrial steelwork, the space is totally unique. We love to hear new ideas, so please contact us for more information or enquiries about the events and exhibition programming at Unit 6.  

6a Langley Street, Covent Garden; WC2H 9JA.

Unit London

Our brand new London site packs a punch.

We have always believed that the future of contemporary art lies in the seamless union of digital and analogue. Our new Mayfair gallery opens at the end of June. It has been designed in exact detail by the founders, provides a stunning platform for our artists to tell their stories to the world. We are thrilled to welcome you to Unit London, Mayfair and we hope to see U very soon...

3 Hanover Square, Mayfair; W1S 1HD.

 

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