Congratulations to Patrick Cruz

Preview installation view - Yin Yang Temple listening stationCongratulations to Patrick Cruz on winning the RBC Canadian Painting Competition for 2015. His installation Yin Yang Temple, accompanied by a publication and community-driven playlist, was part of the Pitt’s series Ill Repute back in 2011.  You can listen to Patrick talking about the work here.

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Limited Time Runs Out; Underground Bunker Open For Viewing

Open Tonight (Friday, November 13) we’ll be opening an ambitious installation, Rachel and Sarah Seburn’s We Should Take Below: The Gambling Splinter, part of the 2055 Project. As we prepare for a future where above-ground housing will be reserved for the wealthiest, let’s ponder underground living, shielded from the worst excesses above. The installation opens at 7 tonight, and runs until December 19.

Meanwhile, the Limited Time Library, which has been making our reading room a centre for study and  discussion, is reaching its end. The last day is Saturday, November 14. Both of these projects are reflected in, which will continue to grow and change for the next few months.

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ISSUE Magazine and Jamie Ward in Discorder

jamieward_discorder_ddmmyy-date_05-2048x1367Pick up November’s issue of Discorder Magazine for an interview with UNIT/PITT’s Jamie Ward about the past and future of ISSUE Magazine.

The next ISSUE is Volume 4 Number 2, launching later this month (we’ll be announcing the launch date very soon).

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About 2055

2055The Helen Pitt Gallery was founded in 1975 by students from the Vancouver School of Art,  and regularly scheduled exhibitions began in January 1976. That means the 2015-2016 season is our 40th anniversary. However, we’re not celebrating our 40th year.

If you’re not familiar with the history of the Pitt (Helen Pitt Gallery, Unit 306 Society, Unit/Pitt, Pitt International Galleries, Pitt Gallery, Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre, and UNIT/PITT again) you might not know that reaching this 40th-year milestone was probably the last thing people were thinking about for most of its history. At times it would have been inconceivable that it would arrive, but it did. And now that it’s here, we’re thinking that it deserves to be looked at differently: not as an end-point, but a mid-point on the way to something else.

So, from September 2015 to April 2016, we’ll be celebrating the Pitt’s 80th anniversary, which arrives in 2055. A curatorial team including Zebulon Zang, Jamie Ward, Gabriel Saloman, Brynn McNab, Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, Keith Higgins, and Catherine de Montreuil will be presenting a series of exhibitions, public actions, performances, talks, and publications which collectively propose a path to 2055.

First up is Joël Doyle: It’s a long way from the wishbone to the backbone, opening during #SWARM16, curated by Zebulon Zang. More announcements to come shortly.

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Held over: Orphans and Dogs open until August 1st

Elizabeth Fischer - self-portrait (digital print)We’ve had great public response to our summer exhibition Elizabeth Fischer: Orphans and Dogs, so we’re keeping the exhibition open for another week to give everyone a chance to get there. The last day is now Saturday, August 1st.

You can also order a copy of Elizabeth’s book online if you can’t make it down. We’ll be making a new run of copies any day now to keep up with demand.

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Hurry on Down


Today and tomorrow are the last days to come and see Elizabeth Fischer’s Exhibition Orphans and Dogs. Brave the rain and come see the show – not one to miss! We are almost sold out of this run of her book, so feel free to purchase one of these while we’ve got em. See you soon!


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…Canada Day? We’re open as usual.


No, Unit/Pitt will not be celebrating this Canada Day. July 1st, 2015 will continue on as per usual. Drop on by between noon and 5pm today to see Elizabeth Fischer’s Orphans and Dogs exhibition, and join us in this non-celebration on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Our gallery attendants await you. See you soon!

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25% more Pitt!

25-moreStarting this week, we’re open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm. That’s an entire extra day added to our public hours, during which you can come in, see Elizabeth Fischer’s exhibition Orphans and Dogs, buy our fine Pitt publications, relax in our reading room, or watch the street from the bench on our front step.

This week we’re also saying goodbye to Brynn McNab, who has been Building and Office Manager since the summer of 2013, curated some distinctive exhibitions, and was responsible for the re-launch of ISSUE Magazine in early 2014. At the same time, we’re welcoming Jamie Ward (Building Manager) and Catherine de Montreuil (Programming Assistant) to UNIT/PITT.

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This week: Elizabeth Fischer opening

Elizabeth Fischer: Orphans and DogsAfter a short hiatus, we’re opening again this week with an exhibition, book launch, and performance by Elizabeth Fischer on Friday, June 12.

The exhibition, Orphans and Dogs, opens on June 12 and continues through July. We have also published a book that goes with the exhibition but stands really well on its own.

You should definitely come to the opening (tonight!) if you can though. We’ll start the usual sort of gallery-opening at 8pm, but at 10pm we’ll be walking with you around the corner to China Cloud to see Elizabeth’s band, DarkBlueWorld. (Also, it’s the bass player’s birthday. It’s polite to bring a gift of some sort.)

Next week, we’ll be extending our open hours. We used to be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday. Now, there is 25% more Pitt, because we will be opening on Tuesdays.

We’ll be uploading some photos of the show, but in the meantime you can check our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds for news.

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May and June at Unit/Pitt


The current exhibition, Cultivating Equilibrium will be extended until Thursday, May 21.

This coincides with ISSUE Magazine‘s one-year anniversary launch. So come by for the last chance to see the installation by Patrick Campbell and Madison Killo, stay for a drink and pick up a copy of the new magazine. This coming issue features work by Stephane Bernard, Ileanna Cheladyn, Michael Cook, Shauna Doherty, Alice Fleerackers, Brittney Groetelaars, Stacey Ho, Stella Hsu Brennan Kelly, Steffanie Ling, Brynn McNab, Erik Rzepka,  and Antoni Wojtyra.

We will also be launching an information booklet for emerging artists put together by Jenn Dickieson, Alex Hill, Barbara Matthews, and Mona Min.  It outlines basic information about exhibition spaces in Vancouver, like how to apply, what you can expect in terms of payment or sales, and what kind of work they are looking for.

Coming up in June, an exhibition of work by Elizabeth Fischer entitled Orphans and Dogs opens on June 12th at 8pm with a performance by the artist at 10pm.

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