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Black Diamond Dust 


September 20 to December 13, 2014


Opening at both locations on Friday, September 19
4:00 - 6:00pm | campus gallery
7:00 - 10:00pm | downtown gallery


Black Diamond Dust is a multi-site art exhibition, which considers the sedimentary nature of stories and histories. The title Black Diamond Dust refers to the coal mining industry that Nanaimo was built upon; an industry that both formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation and labour inequity, and served as the foundation of global industrialization.


Image: William Notman & Son, Nanaimo Coal Mines, Vancouver Island, BC, Photograph, 1903 | McCord Museum VIEW-3654 

Public Events

Black Diamond Dust: Living Histories

wpP1060876.jpegIn addition to the gallery exhibitions, Black Diamond Dust will include a number of public events and projects called Living Histories including:


Campus: Saturday, September 20, 2:00pm
Poetry reading by Peter Culley an art writer, poet, and artist who lives in the South Wellington area of Nanaimo.


Downtown: Friday, September 26, 1:00pm
Campus: Friday, October 3, 1:00pm
Exhibition tours by Nanaimo Art Gallery's Interim Executive/Artistic Director, and Curator of Black Diamond Dust Jesse Birch.


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Image: Peter Culley, Untitled, 2012, Colour Photograph

News and Events

Culture Days Culture Days To kick off the start of Culture Days, come down to Art Lab and spend an hour or the whole afternoon. Enjoy a tour of the exhibition Black Diamond Dust at 1:00pm in the downtown gallery. Afterwards peruse our great selection of Art Lab art books, bring a project you're working on and connect with other local artists.    Things PoeticSaturday, September 27, 10:00 - 12:00pmFREE  Explore poetic writing from a number of angles, with the whole family... More detail
Art Lab Workshops Art Lab Workshops Registration for the following Nanaimo Art Gallery workshops are through the City of Nanaimo Activity Guide.  Register online at or call 250-756-5200 and quote the registration code.  To view an instructor's bio please click on their name.     Fall and Winter Workshops Exploring Writing: Finding Your Voice (Registration code: 132450)Saturday September 27 from 1:00 - 4:00pm If you have always wanted to write a... More detail




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