CURRENT EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
The James Black Gallery exhibits work in many mediums and forms. The space has a combination of elements that allow artists to be playful with the design and the usage of the space.
We currently host small indoor/outdoor workshops that are organized by community members, production rentals, and exhibitions following COVID-19 protocols.
PAST EVENTS 2022
sound therapy music festival
August 14th-24th, 2022
R U READY TO FEEL N HEAL? FESTIVAL PASSES & DAY TIX
sound_therapy.wav highlights local 2-Spirit, queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and/or racialized stars & allies. we wanna bring our community together in healing & connection. Event curated by Sunny Chen.
live shows: aug 18, aug 19, aug 20 (bbq time ), & aug 21
August 14th free workshop
August 24th online zoom showcase
L I N E U P
DJ Natü · IHA · Steph Tsunami · Haleluya Hailu · Muderith· Lowkita · ADAM · Adewolf · Athina's Moon · diarygrrrl ·
Havi with a J · Business Bacha · Lowercase Dream · NI CO ·
Issa · Glisha · kc.bdb · SoyJoy Music · Shemedelyne · KERUB · Enereph · DANI YOUR DARLING · Reid Zakos
August 14th, 2022 1-3PM
free trauma-informed, person-first virtual workshop on wellness for sexual assault/domestic violence survivors in our arts & music scene. this workshop is a part of sound_therapy.wav music fest which was created by Sunny Chen AKA Sad China (they/she) due to their experiences within our music communities.
Inverted Pyramid Series: intend to upend
August 4th - 12th, 2022
Opening August 4th, 7-10PM
Friday August 5th, 3-6PM
Sat & Sun August 6th-7th, 1-3PM
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday August 10th-12th 3-6PM
Sena Cleave @irohasena
Shay Gavina @shaygavina
Virgil Riviera @virgil.riviera
Sev Shabankareh @unreality.girl
Jason Young @jasonyoung.archive
A two part curatorial series which highlights the artists' gaze over the gallery. This group exhibition celebrates the desires of artists' and the conversations they would like to have with the viewer. Please join us opening night reception to meet the artists. This two part series is brought to you with support from The City of Vancouver.
Queer Arts Festival Community Art Show
Opening June 20th, 2022 7PM
June 20th - July 8th, 2022
Our first partnership with Queer Arts Festival, the Community Arts Exhibition features outstanding artists from our local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Come see what haunts the artists amongst us …
Avery Chace, B. Malinsky, Braeden Scheck, Darius Kian
Dezi Raider, Holly Steele, Israel Aguayo, Juno, Kali Fish
Katharine Hoehn, Katy Slany, Kwiigay + Paperwave
Lisa G, Nicolas Frenette. Nicole Melnicky, Rachel Warwick
Sazliyc, Steven Broome
May 17th, 2022 7PM Event Link here
Picture picnic is a collection of comics and drawings about being gay and eating fruit. Come touch the plastic grass and stare directly into the fake felt sun. Summer is coming or maybe it's already here!
a solo exhibition by Madeline Berger
this exhibition is brought to you in partnership with VanCaf - Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
Art Therapy Workshop for Shelter Movers
April 20th, 2022, 5pm - 7pm Event Link here
Proceeds from this art therapy workshop will go towards Shelter Movers. Shelter Movers Shelter Movers is a national, volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse.
Hold your Breath
April 7th - 13th, 2022
April 9th: 1pm - 5pm (opening day)
April 10th”: 12pm – 4pm
April 13th: 6:30pm - 9pm (closing night)
Hold Your Breath is a photography and sound exhibition that invites viewers into a space of reflection. Humbled by the unpredictable grandeur of it all, and the creeping sense that the nature we adapted to is slowly fading out of reach… we asked ourselves, ”How has weather affected our lives this past year?”
Monika Krupicka is a lifestyle and still life photographer whose goal it is to use the medium to immerse herself in humanitarian work. She is inspired by her childhood interests in anthropology and the outdoors.
Sara Pimentel is a landscape and architectural photographer who is passionate about the relationship between nature and humankind, as well as the history within their community.
Pottery Handbuilding Workshop
March 23rd, 2022
6:30pm - 8:30pm Event link here.
Come get your hands muddy and make something with us. We will be demonstrating slab and pinch forming techniques, so you can make a sculpture, a vessel, a sculptural vessel, or anything your imagination allows. Come check out our awesome space! We provide clay and tools. Vaccine passport required.
$22-$44 Sliding scale; pay what you can.
March 5th - 6th, 4pm - 8pm Event link here.
a_EYE_installing…68% is a group show from artists who have never previously worked together, all posed the same question, “if Artificial Intelligence can mimic human behavior all the while learning about itself; can humans mimic Artificial Intelligence?”. This show enters the dialogue of human-machine relationship through sharing 5 artists’ imaginings of the disputed authorship of artificial intelligence. Putting into the question the merit of intelligence itself.
The artists involved in aEye POD have conversed, conceptualized and coded their interactive dreams into reality. Collaboration occurred in both digital and physical spaces including conversations leading up to the dedicated two weeks. The Gallery showcase is a curated performance installation concluding the group’s experiments at The James Black Gallery POD Residency programming.
Book your visit at https://calendly.com/thejamesblackgal.../a_eye_installing-68
A group show presented by February residents and Aeye members Sahbā Sadeghian @sacrileged_, Anne Marie Slater, Dre Irene @blueyellowandred, Carlan Savage-Hughes @extravirgin143, Andrelle Jingco @drelle__
a new gut psycho-biome
Opening February 19th 5-8PM
February 20 - 21, 2-6PM Event Link here
a new gut psycho-biome is a sonic performance piece alongside a collection of mixed media works that will be on display following the end of Jae Lew and Maliv Khondaker’s month-long Pod Residency at the James Black Gallery. Through their work in the residency, they seek to explore the connection between technology, the gut and the mind.They plan to use quotidian and culturally significant materials such as ancestral food and nostalgic objects as resistors in building square wave synthesizers for a sound performance. They will document the process and keep a reflection journal that will be used to create an artist book. The publication will serve as a meditation on the themes that will surface throughout the creative process, through exploring the interconnectedness in tech/mind/gut. What culture is bred in the petri dish? What is sterile? What is alive?
Inverted Pyramid Series: antipode
July 21st - 29th, 2022
Opening July 21st, 7-10PM
Friday July 22nd, 3-6PM
Saturday & Sunday July 23-24th, 1-3PM
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday July 27-29th 3-6PM
Rachel Achus @rachelachus.jpg
Atticus Courtoreille @sadndn_
Kate Giles @kategiles.art
Raven John @twospirittrickster
Kiana Shahnia @kniart
Suze Shore @suzeshore
A two part curatorial series which highlights the artists' gaze over the gallery. This group exhibition celebrates the desires of artists' and the conversations they would like to have with the viewer. Please join us opening night in which Raven John will be sharing a performance with us in the outdoorspace.
This two part series is brought to you with support from The City of Vancouver.
Mimesis / Petrified / Undergrowth
Opening Thursday, May 26th 7-9pm
Friday, May 27th - Sunday, May 29th 12-4pm
Online tour via Instagram - Saturday, May 28th 2-3pm
Inspired by the James Black Gallery’s green spaces, where the cycle of life and death is entangled with the processes of decay and regrowth. Artists Katrina Vera Wong, Phoebe Bei, and Julia Wong draw upon their cultural identities and relationships to the natural world to create sculptures, assemblages, and interventions that invite the public to consider their relationship to the natural world and limited green spaces in the city.
this exhibition is brought to you with support from the city of Vancouver.
The Deprived Subliminal
April 22 6-9PM Opening
April 23-28 1-3PM
April 29 1-5PM Closing
Event link here
An exhibition that explores the spaces we hold physically, and psychologically. The body of work is assembled to document the subconscious connections of queer people in relation to the physical and subconscious environment. Both physical space and the inner subconscious are a reflection of our past memories that subliminally inform one's every move.
Hannah Duncan @byhannahduncan
James Keegan White @kgn.wht
Opening April 15th 7-9PM
April 16th - 17th, 7-9PM Event Link here
Notions around DIY and conceptual craftsmanship are investigated. Themes are roughly situated around ‘craft’. Terry explores this through painted body pillows; Cherie through architectured habitats, and Rod, with his aphorisms, probes ideas of faith and handicraft.
Identity, specifically indigenous identity as exemplified through physical properties like hide, hair, fur, and metal are explored. This subject matter of materiality is reworked as this show circulates around a sincere expression of place and a playful interrogation of craft.
Intro to Leather Work
March 26th, 2022
1pm - 4pm Event link here.
Participants of this workshop will be introduced to different tools, leather types, and shown various hand stitching and fastening techniques to make a keychain or card wallet. Project facilitator Nova shall also walk attendees through the subtleties of sourcing leather and will discuss how methods learned through this intro course can translate to future self directed projects.
Reconnect: Ceramics Exhibition
March 11th, 2022
6pm - 10pm Event link here.
Rebecca and Diana first met while at UBC in 2014, both predominantly focused in 2D art making. Losing touch over the years/post graduation, they reconnected over this past year once discovering they had taken up ceramics. Drawn to clay for similar reasons, the tangible process provided a way to connect to the body throughout a time of isolation. This group exhibition shows their pieces throughout the past two years as well as collaborative pieces recently created at the James Black Gallery.
4th Annual General Meeting
February 27, 2022
12pm - 2pm Event link here.
The James Black Gallery invites all members and interested community to our third annual general meeting. We'll be appointing new board members, discussing the budget, and voting on any new changes to our structure.
Community Art Therapy: Carousel of Love
February 12th, 2022 Event link here.
In our February workshop, participants will be invited to engage in an interactive group art therapy activity called the Carousel of Love, celebrating love and connection with the self and community.
By Sunshine Souls Art Therapy. Tickets are limited and proof of vaccination is required.