Unity Gallery was an urban developmental gallery in the Johannesburg CBD. Robyn Field and Andrew Miller ran this space for 10 years, from 2002 - 1013. Although the gallery was a rich resource for artists it was impossible to get the funding to keep it open. Robyn and Andrew have however partnered with Kagiso Mnisi and Lebogang Tshetlo and registered the Unity Creative Development Foundation.
The gallery's main aim was to offer a resource to our young city artists. It offered free internet and a public machine to artists. At any given time there were at least three young creatives who were offered a desk, free of charge, for a minimum of a year as an incubation program.
Vuyo Seripe - writer
Phehello Mofokeng - graphic designer
Nhlanhla Buthelezi - poet
Thabo Maja - writer
Lebogang Goge - artist
Andile Magubane - graphic designer
Lammy Sambo - web designer
Kagiso Mnisi - writer
As well as the formal benneficiaries, Unity had an open door policy and helped coutless artists through the years with proposals, admin skills and templates, framing, access to tools and general advice.
From 2008, every year, Unity Gallery hosted its collaborate exhibition. Often Unity supplied all the materials for these collaborations.
Generally the more experienced artists learned as much from the experiment as the younger artists... Collaboration is an extreem growing sport for precious artists.
The Unity Creative Development Foundation's mission and vision as well as the critical thinking workshops it hosts are a direct result of this collaborative phillosophy.
The Community Page:
We have kept the Unity Gallery Facebook page and have recently started using it as a resource. Posting exhibition and residency opportunities for artists to access.
If you would like to become part of this commnity click on the facebook icon below...
Unity Design was the gallery's trading name, it remains a cc owned by Robyn and Andrew through which they continue offereing services to corporates and individuals.