MEET OUR TEAM

STAFF

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ZANDI DANDIZETTE

Executive Director & Founder

A lover of color and movement, Zandi Dandizette is interested in engaging and creating immersive spaces. They graduated with a BMA in Animation in 2014 from Emily Carr University. Co-founder of the JBG since 2014, longest residency from the artists-in-residence program. Zandi is a firm believer in supporting artists previously working for CARFAC BC & NATIONAL and previously on the board of VIVO Media Arts Centre. They are the President of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres, a founding member of VALU CO-OP, co-founded the Arts and Cultural Workers Union, and have represented BC at ARCA. Zandi identifies as nonbinary, seeks out to decenter colonial legacy, and empower voices affected by systems of oppression.

SEV SHABANKAREH

Assistant Gallery Administrator

Sev is an Iranian queer multi-disciplinary artist focusing on subjects such as Community, Trans Identity, and Transformation. They execute their creative practices via textile work, photography, and direction. 

They have recently relocated back to the west coast from Tiohtià:ke and are now re-familiarizing themself with the creative sphere here. Having engaged as a committee member and volunteer at the Articule Gallery as well as P10 in MTL, Sev looks forward to bringing ethics of care and inclusion with them to the James Black Gallery. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ADAM STARTIN

Treasurer

A fully qualified Chartered Account (CA, UK) with 12 years experience of accounting, financial analysis and audit. In addition Adam is also involved within the local arts/music community as an artist and promoter. Adam goes under the moniker of Adam 2 and curates Afrofuturism is Now.

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PARVIN PEIVANDI

Member-at-Large

Parvin Peivandi is an Iranian/Canadian artist who works cross disciplines in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, ceramics, textiles, video, sound installation and performance art. She has studied in Emily Carr university of Art and Design and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited her art locally and internationally.

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MILY MUMFORD

Member at-Large

A dancer musician, writer, and director for film, theatre, and multimedia and an MSc. researcher at Simon Fraser University in interactive technology. Her creative work explores the intersections between arts and sciences in exploring the human condition. She runs the Nebula Theatre Company and has previously activated the JBG for events.

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EM THORN

Member at-Large

Em Thorn exists at the intersection of art and technology, with a passion for interactive experiences. They have been a community member of the JBG since its origination, taking part in events and supporting the gallery in flourishing as a queer arts hub. Em's background is in program development and infrastructure management within tech, and currently employs their skillset at Hootsuite.

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RACHEL KIRKPATRICK

Chairperson

Rachel Kirkpatrick runs the studiospace at Beaumont Studios and has chartered a new chapter of the Toastmasters. She is a queer mother who has ceramics space at the JBG.

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RUSLAN KASTANI

Vice-Chairperson

Multi-instrumentalist musician exploring kazakh steppes musical heritage in global temporalities through creating sound landscapes. Eco-volunteer, curator of iNaturalist biodiversity registration platform, marketing and management professional.

TASSLEEM LEE

Member-at-Large - PAARC Rep

Ever since childhood Tassleem has been drawn to the arts.  From doodling her feelings into her coloring books in preschool to taking photos of everything that came in her path.  She is currently finding focus with her company Synergize Community, and working on building a community of healers, creatives, and changemakers working together to create financial sustenance while doing what they love.