UNIT/PITT Society for Art & Critical Awareness (formerly the Helen Pitt Gallery) is a non-profit artist-run organization dedicated to the promotion of experimental contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural, and critical issues. More than a gallery, we are a platform for artists’ experimentation in media, publishing, music, performance, and public actions.
UNIT/PITT has been a starting point for the careers of hundreds of artists since we first opened our doors in 1975. We continue to present and foster emerging artists and emerging practices through our public programs and through internship, residency, and training programs.
Although we are based in visual art practice, our programming goes beyond the presentation of exhibitions into media, telecommunications, public actions, publishing, music and performance. We support and assist in the development of artists’ artistic, curatorial, organizational, publishing, and public engagement projects.
UNIT/PITT is based in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside, on unceded lands belonging to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh First Nations. We share an office and venue called 8EAST (8 East Pender Street) with the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society.
UNIT/PITT is grateful for the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and City of Vancouver; we are particularly grateful to individual donors, volunteers, artists, and cultural workers, without whom we would be unable to continue.