January 6, 2017

Unity Culture Club – On Your Radar 06.01.17

January is traditionally a time of trying to make ourselves happier; through self-betterment, self-reflection, self-image and self-deprivation (usually with regards to food and / or spending money). However, here at On Your Radar, rather than looking inwards, we’re looking outwards for happiness, taking inspiration and pleasure from the external world and all it has to offer – hoping that in turn it will help build our own creativity.

This year’s Unity Field Trips; an agency-wide mandate, where we venture out and explore contemporary culture in all its forms, from the known to the unknown, the innovators to the historians, and the greats to the rising stars; has just kicked off.

So for the first On Your Radar of the year, here’s what the Unity team are most looking forward to heading out and braving the cold for in the first field trips of 2017.


The relocated Design Museum is top of our list for 2017 visits. In particular, the Fear and Love exhibition, which asserts that design is deeply connected not just to commerce and culture but to urgent underlying issues – issues that inspire fear and love. Featuring eleven new installations by innovative designers and architects, the show handles themes like networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and even settled nomads.

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Some of the best names from the Free Range graduate arts and design showcase will be exhibiting their own solo work next month, as part of their Free Range Awards win. The Unity client offers the winners a solo exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery, with three artists photographer Eva Abeling whose dreamy images focus on the subconscious, fellow photographer Katharina Halser showcasing her own personal journey of experiencing 71 operations through photography – and Dylan Fox, a fine art graduate whose mixed-medium work focuses on the contemporary issues of trans-community and gender dysphoria.

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This month we’ll be checking out the V&A’s ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels’ exhibition, a promised eclectic mix of psychedelic grooviness and rockstar rebellion. The exhibit looks at how music during the late 60s influenced the mindsets of many and created the capacity for social change for marginalised people across a multitude of backgrounds. What better way could there be to mark the birth and passing month of David Bowie?

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Doomed Gallery in Dalston is one of our favourite venues for spotting talent, so an upcoming exhibition by British artist Alice Joiner – The Way it Felt – is firmly on our list for later this month. Her work presents intimate relationships, mostly between young women, and explores a sense of emergence into their own bodies and sexual beings. Girl Power.

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We’re introducing a new feature! *claps maniacally*

But what exactly this feature will be is still unknown. Which is where you, dear reader, come in.

We want to hear what you’d like to see (GIFS?! Cats?! Techno music?!) and hear more of (do you want to hear us put the world to rights on a podcast? Review films? Interview artists?), and when you want to read it (Friday afternoons no good for you?) so that we can get it in place for the rest of the year.

The best suggestion will be in with a chance of winning a ticket to a cultural show of your choice in 2017. Just email hazel@hellounity.com with your suggestions for On Your Radar 2017.