Opened in July 2015, Unit G Gallery’s mission is to represent and showcase East London’s fine art scene – whether the artists work from Dalston, Stoke Newington, Clapton, Bow, Limehouse, Haggerston, Homerton, Hackney Wick, Stratford, Leyton or Leytonstone. Actually, this could be anywhere within the four ‘Olympic Boroughs’ of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Walthamstow, and cover any form of fine art, by which we mean authentic work intended as ‘art for art’s sake’ with no other function. By promoting and selling their best work, locally and globally, we do our bit to help and sustain the multitude of emerging and established artists working in this part of the city. Within these parameters, we curate a diverse range of art genres across a mid-range price level. Each year we run the Hackney WickED Art Prize, with Hackney WickED Open Studios and Hackney Wick/Fish Island artists.
The gallery team travels East London’s artists’ open studios and special events, and put up exhibitions most months.
The Gallery makes its curatorial judgments meaningful by bringing forward fresh emerging artists, as well as those who are at least already established locally.
The gallery sells artworks from its space(s) well as online. Works are certified by the artist and can be collected directly from them.
Our operating company, Unit G London Limited, has a mission that includes supporting artists working in East London, by generating much of its income from trading, and by reinvesting surpluses to fulfil its mission; the company is also a long-standing member of the innovative local Economy of Hours (ECHO) time-banking system and the gallery has hosted their events.
Our new partner, Creative Wick, is a part of local non-profit agency Hackney Wick and Fish Island CIC, which seeks to facilitate a permanent, sustainable, creative economy for local residents, businesses and institutions with an interest in the long-term viability and continued authenticity of the arts, culture and creativity – in Hackney Wick, Fish Island and the wider East London area. Through a collaboration with Unit G Gallery, it wishes to help realise and support the exhibition and promotion of local artwork and artists.
“Every age, every nationality, every mood gets connected when it comes to creativity, and we give that energy a new space to spread!”
– Lisa-Marie Scheller, 2015