The James Black Gallery is an artist-run centre operating in Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver, BC located on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwu7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The JBG presents exhibitions of local and international artists, provides studio space to members of our collective, and hosts interdisciplinary events. We also run a live-in guest residency program for national and international artists, who are given the opportunity to engage with the public through a solo exhibition of the works produced during their stay. The JBG has been operating collectively since December 2014 and is located in a heritage building (est. 1889).
Currently there are monthly events, and opportunities for outside curators to practice their skills within the space. Contact us for information on events, workshops, guest residencies, donations, or studio rentals.
The James Black Gallery is dedicated to providing a platform for the exhibition and investigation of experimental practices, anti-oppressive, or socially conscious narratives. We aim to present programming which recognizes the power imbalances inherent in our contemporary landscape, by providing accessibility to voices that are often marginalized We are particularly focused on fostering the careers of emerging artists, and facilitating their participation in shaping the discourse of the Vancouver arts community.
Our vision is of a vibrant, inclusive and experimental arts sector in Vancouver.
Equity, Community, Experimental, Passion, Togetherness
1. To provide space for early career artists
For artists looking for workspace, homespace, guestspace, and showspace in a city known for lack of space.
To encourage the development of structures and policies that support the development of the visual arts in early-career artists.
To prioritize marginalized voices in our space to help create equity and change within our systems.
2. To promote new cultural creators in finding space for their event production.
To ensure new voices are heard and unique experiences are explored.
By mentoring artists who are interested in learning other aspects of the arts sector in order to strengthen knowledge and capabilities for all.
3. To host artists from other cities and countries
To create cross-cultural pollination and connect Vancouver to a global engagement.
"Witness for yourself the out-of-the-white-box activities that the James Black Gallery brings to the Vancouverite art scene."
"JBG allows for the strengthening of relationships between residents and other artists in Vancouver through shared exhibitions and events. It also facilitates international connections through open calls for submissions and digital shows."
“Victorian funhouse whose rotating deck of in-house artists continues to rival the building itself in quirkiness.”
"...the revitalization of Mount Pleasant as a centre of arts and culture. "