BLAC is Black-youth owned and operated gallery and performance space scheduled to open in Surrey, BC in mid-2022. This space will host exhibitions, performances, shows and events + conduct classes and professional development workshops + build mentor relationships between established and emerging artists during the day, and be open to all members as a studio, gathering and workspace. The project and space will centre young Black artists and events, but will be open to featuring BIMPOC artists of all ages, and will be open to all attendees.
BLAC was founded by Becky Bair and Kevin Kapenda in 2020. Since then, Arshi Chadha, Hafiz Akinlusi and Moroti Soji-George have joined the collective. BLAC will be located in the heart of Surrey, at 10305 City Pkwy, steps away from Surrey Central SkyTrain Station and Surrey Civic Plaza. BLAC is humbled to serve as Western Canada’s only Black-owned and operated arts space.
We work, study, and live in a region south of the Fraser River which overlaps with the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples.