The fine art of survival: A Vancouver art space survives despite looming demoviction
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The fine art of survival: A Vancouver art space survives despite looming demoviction

British Columbia ·New The first part of a series on living and creating in Canada’s most expensive city Odera Igbokwe and his niece look at his Nigerian fantasy illustrations at the James Black Gallery. Igbokwe is one of at least 16 artists who rent studios at the gallery. (Maryse Zeidler/CBC) In Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, on Sixth Avenue near Main Street, an oddity stands out among the low-rise commercial buildings: a bright blue, dilapidated heritage house that beckons passersby to enter. The sandwich board out front says it’s the James Black Gallery. The house accommodates at least 16 studios, an exhibition space and the bedrooms of its two live-in artists. New media installation artist Zandi Dandizette, who uses the pronoun they, is one of them. "Some people just look at the space as a business venture," said Dandizette, clad in their signature pink-and-blue colour scheme. "But it’s more than that — it’s a community creation." Dandizette thinks of the James Black Gallery as a creative hub that attracts misfits from across the city. It’s one of the city’s rare spaces that offers affordable artist studios — the small spaces rent for as low as $160 a month. Here’s a […]

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