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Black Diamond Dust 


September 20 to December 13, 2014


Saturday, October 18
Downtown: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Campus: 1:00 - 2:00pm

A tour of the exhibition with renowned Nanaimo author and historian Lynne Bowen in dialoque with curator Jesse Birch.


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.  


For the duration of the exhibition:


Artist Devon Knowles has created a sculptural intervention in the Nanaimo Museum for the duration of the exhibition.


Kerri Reid has produced a work that is on display in the Sointula Museum on Malcolm Island, BC.

Nanaimo artist Jesse Gray has crated a special edition jewellery work that responds to themes in Black Diamond Dust. Available in the Gallery Store.


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Image: Peter Culley, Untitled, 2012, Colour Photograph

News and Events

Art Lab Workshops Art Lab Workshops Register and pay by visiting or calling the downtown gallery at 250-754-1750.NOTE: We will process registration and payment for the workshop until Friday, November 7, at which time refunds will be given if we have not reached minimum registration. Introduction to Watercolour PaintingWednesday November 12 and 19th from 12:30-4:30pm The act of watercolour painting is a fascinating process involving questions like: What colour? What size? What shape? How wet? How d... More detail




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