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The James Black Gallery is hosting six local pod residencies throughout 2023 in order to strengthen creative relationships within our communities. We are pleased to offer a two-week to one month-long residency for groups of local artists (3-6 collaborators).

2022/2023 Residencies

Our first seven pod residencies (2021-2022) were developed in reaction to the pandemic. Originally conceptualized by previous studiomate Anna Trowbridge, the intent was around reconnection and creation exploration. We were able to put these on partially with support from the City of Vancouver. The first pod was new mother Deepali Raiththa and her unborn child in the eighth term of her pregnancy, giving birth to this series. We saw art husbands and art wives form through this residency. The location itself inspire and influence Darius Kian and Nat Robinson in their collaboration. Hold Your Breath by Monika Krupicka and Sara Pimentel started the process of exploring the emotional complexity of weather's influence on our lives and bringing it into the gallery. Giving us a natural flow for the last residency by Julia, Phoebe, and Katrina, taking influence from the greenspace around the JBG. Discussing the potential for death and decay, alongside its resurgence and regenerative abilities. Both a fitting end to the residency, but birth of new relationships to come.

For 2023, we invite artists to to generate art that delves into the problems, conflicts, sources of collective joy and inspiration that touch our communities. Take this chance to explore collaboration between varied artistic disciplines and embolden experimentation.


Our residency includes work space, show space, and access to tools. In addition, a group exhibition CARFAC rate honorarium will be offered to each pod, thanks to support from the City of Vancouver and BC Arts Council. Priority will be given to BIPOC queer and trans artists with consideration towards artists impacted by intersections of inequality (such as income, ability, neurodivergence, etc.).


Applications are currently being juried. We will notifiy all applicants by January 25th, 2023.


Atiron Hildebrand, Jasmine Gerevas, and Michelle Laavoie

 December 2022

AH! Crawled out the gallows of Fort st John and made their way to Nanaimo where they grew up using art as an escape. They used subversive illustrations to give context to the challenges they have faced during their shelterless life. They continued to explore different mediums and art styles while traveling, and eventually found themselves at the James Black Gallery where they persist in dissecting the human condition with found objects, paint pens and melancholy. On moving: "I have been challenged to find a safe place as a secure home in the land which my own people are from throughout my life. Thus far I have moved 47 times and still haven't found a home."

Michelle grew up in Vernon. As a child while being referred to as a girl, she responded: "I'm not a girl, I'm an artist!" And she hasn't looked back since. Her parents were very encouraging of her artistic endeavors, saying she couldn't be an artist because she wouldn't make any money. She specializes in illustration, watercolors, digital art and photography. She has designed logos and graphics for multiple local breweries, and will soon have an associate certificate in graphic design. She has moved 8 times in the past 9 years, experiencing many intimidating and bullying housing situations.

Jasmine grew up in a single parent household subsidized by bc housing. Her childhood home has since been condemned because of black mold. She likes to joke that the mold affected her creative brain in a positive way and inspired her creatively, but it's more likely that it caused the life-long health problem she now lives with. She likes to work with textiles, ignorant-style tattoos and sculptures, but primarily focuses on drawing and painting. She has moved 10 times (soon to be 11) in the past 10 years.


shelter cost highlights the current status of housing in "vancouver" showing the ever worsening living conditions for intersected folks using dioramas and other visual media. We have all experienced housing struggles to varying degrees, despite our different social statuses and upbringings. Our housing struggles have brought us together. Every separate piece is reflective of a barrier we have faced while seeking a home. We tried to use as many found and recycled materials as possible. We hope to create a dialogue and maybe spark new ideas for the future of housing.  

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