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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 early career artists, provides studio space to members of our collective, has a project space showcasing saleable art, and hosts interdisciplinary events. When funding permits, we run a pod residency series for local artists. The JBG has been operating collectively since December 2014 and is located in a heritage building (est. 1889).


We host 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 a queer-led arts and culture hub dedicated to supporting multidisciplinary emerging and early career artists.



As a queer-led arts and culture hub, the JBG remains responsive to the ever shifting needs of our community by amplifying the voices of emerging and early career artists, providing space for experimental multidisciplinary art practices, and nurturing community connection. 


Our vision is of a vibrant, inclusive and experimental arts sector in Vancouver.  


Equity, Community, Experimental, Passion, Emergent Strategies



"Witness for yourself the out-of-the-white-box activities that the James Black Gallery brings to the Vancouverite art scene."

No Mass Art Platform

"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."

Discorder Mag

“Victorian funhouse whose rotating deck of in-house artists continues to rival the building itself in quirkiness.”

Vancouver Weekly


"...the revitalization of Mount Pleasant as a centre of arts and culture. "

Huffington Post

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