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 (of up to 10 people) that are organized by community members. In addition, we also allow filming for live streams in the space during COVID-19, and by-appointment events.

Community Art Therapy Workshop: Postcards of Kindness

October 23rd, 2021 5-7PM.             Event Link                 

Join us for an in-person community based art therapy group at The James Black Gallery! 

This is a community art therapy workshop with the focus of creating connection through art making. The workshop will aim to reconnect participants with their inner strengths and foster a sense of healing through community and creativity.

By Sunshine Souls Art Therapy. Tickets are limited.

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November 5th - 11th, 2021.                   Event Link
Opening November 5th, 2021 6-10PM

A Hammock Residency group exhibition and launch of a series of artist publications funded by the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.  


Heidi Nagtegaal. Estraven Lupino-Smith, Sarah Lum, Carly Pokoradi, Otis Bell 

VABF’s 10th Birthday Party 

October 26th, 2021 7PM.              RSVP: Event Link       
VABF is 10 years old! Wear a mask and come celebrate a decade of artists’ publishing, community-building and comradery with us at the James Black Gallery for an outdoor birthday party. There will be music, cake and good times! Please bring proof of vaccination.


Arezoo: Intimacy and Iran

A Group Art Show.                           Event link here.


September 23rd, 6PM - 9PM

September 24th - 26th, 2PM - 5PM

“Arezoo: Intimacy and Iran” displays a scenery of works that touch on desire and dualities, overlapping identities, and the re-imagining of obscured histories through the Iranian lens.

Bringing together a diverse group of local Iranian creatives, this exhibition acts as a meeting place where narratives surrounding intimacy and desire are challenged and intentionally reclaimed. A collective mapping and re-mapping of experiences takes place through art that explores previously under-explored themes, making way for new histories to be written in the present day.


"Arezoo" features works by Darius Kian, Shima Raeesi, Sahba Sadeghian, Shahin Sharafaldin, Sepideh Yadegar, and Reyhan Yazdani, curated by Sev Shabankareh.

Neighborhood Block Party

October 9th, 2021 3-9PM.                     


We are teaming up with local neighbours at 133 E 7th Avenue as well as the Vancouver Tenants Union to celebrate our block with a focus on connection.

There will be live music between 3pm to 9pm and BBQ between 3pm to 6pm in the alleyway and backyard. All are welcome. 

Creating a community garden of strengths through art

August 25, 2021 6-8PM.                     Link here.


Join us for our upcoming outdoor event.
Participants will be invited to use a variety of art materials provided to create their flower or plant for the garden pieces. The group will come together again at the end and they will be invited to add their garden elements to the larger piece of paper that is representation of the community garden.

This workshop is hosted by sunshine souls art therapy group and Parvin Peivandi. It will be located outside in our yard and gardenspace, with social distancing measures in place.

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Ceramics Handbuilding Workshop

August 17, 2021 6-8PM

Link here.


Join us for our upcoming Ceramics Handbuilding workshop hosted by Diana Lupieri, the Ceramics Co-Lead at The James Black Gallery! Workshop will be taking place outdoors, in the front yard of the JBG. Event open to JBG studio mates and close community members.

The maximum capacity for this workshop is 15 participants. Proceeds will go towards setting up a drop-in studio in the future, and arranging to provide spare tools and clay.


Touching Unseen Sound: Lobe Spatial Sessions

August 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th, 2021

The James Black Gallery, in partnership with Lobe Studio and with support from The City of Vancouver, supported a two week residency at Lobe Studio for a local Deaf artist Silas Ng. The composition created during that residency will be played for pod Spatial Sessions with a prioritization of Deaf or Hard of Hearing audiences.


Lobe Studio is a unique space, as it has a 4D sound system and tactile feedback floor which allows more experimentation with the vibrational quality of sound.

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Phenomenal Woman

July 17-18, 2021 12-5PM


A solo exhibition by artist Buchi Igwilo, featuring 6 paintings accompanied by a poetry reading. 

About Buchi: Through her paintings, Buchi captures Black womanhood in various dynamic spaces. She aims to depict womanhood and women in many forms, while presenting the Black body in spaces where they previously haven’t been showcased. Buchi uses her artform in order to encourage Black women to take up space, and to nurture and embrace beauty in Black womanhood. Through this, she strives for Black women/femmes to transform and rebuild their standards of beauty in relation to the familiarity of what is seen in the mirror, into the phenomenal Black woman.

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20/2020: A Solo Exhibition by Steven Audia

April 23-25, 2021

An exhibition of twenty black and white photographs taken in 2020. This collection of images explores how my perspective and approach has changed over the course of this last year. Closeness, something that now feels almost taboo, has become a primary subject, along with memories of life “before.” 


3rd Annual General Meeting

February 20, 2021

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.