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Built in 1889, the big blue James Black Gallery has been a live-in art collective since the early 2000s in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant. This brief history was created by Zandi Dandizette.


Joanna Karczmarek (University of Victoria Alumni) and Jennifer Chernecki (Emily Carr University of Art and Design Alumni) founders of Gropps Gallery 2008.
Mount Pleasant Heritage Logo Design by  Erin Leigh Pasternak.

Derian Blake, Dan Brown-Hozjan, Zandi Dandizette, Ezra Fulford, Nathyn Sanche, and Matthew Wise cofounders of The James Black Gallery 2014

Simon Bermeo-Ehmann, Jennifer Chernecki, Zandi Dandizette, Skye Davies, Maddi Dewalt, Alanna Ho, Lily Le, Nina Pak, Wynne Palmer, Erin Leigh Pasternak, Joanna Karczmarek, Jerome Kashetsky, Tessa Reed, See Why, Unknown

Zandi Dandizette and Sebnem Ozpeta, with Lorna Boschman.
Mentors: Sebnem Ozpeta and Lorna Boschman. 

Created during grunt gallery’s 2018 Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen workshops for local residents, in collaboration with the EastVan Digital Stories team. grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC with the vision to become an internationally renowned artist-run centre and further the practice of contemporary art. Through the exploration of our diverse Canadian cultural identity, we are able to offer public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications, and other special projects in the community. Our mandate is to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.

We gratefully acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

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