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Until July 2, 2017
Curated by Jesse Birch and Liz Park

Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Marianne Nicolson, a Victoria BC based artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱'enux̱w First Nations descent. Nicolson's work first came to prominence in 1998 when she scaled a cliff face near her ancestral village Gwa'yi to paint a 11.5 meter high by 8.5 meter wide pictographic crest symbol that shows the origin story of her people. 


Image: Marianne Nicolson, cliff painting in progress, Kingcome Inlet, 1998



Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce the arrival of Black Diamond Dust, co-published with Sternberg Press in Berlin and edited by Jesse Birch with Will Holder. 

This publication expands on the multisite contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust refers to coal mining, an industry that has formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labor inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged local and international histories, as investigated and discussed through contemporary art, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images. 
The publication features texts by Jesse Birch, Lynne Bowen, Peter Culley, Antonio Graydon, Sarah Ogan Gunning, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Michael Taussig; together with artworks by Stephanie Aitken, Raymond Boisjoly, Edward Burtynsky, Peter Culley, Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, Gray Metal, Devon Knowles, Yuanchen Liu, William Notman & Son, Jerry Pethick, Mimi Pickering, Kerri Reid, Scott Rogers
Black Diamond Dust is the first of three projects to engage the main resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art. We look forward to celebrating the publication with a formal launch in the near future! 
Black Diamond Dust publications are available at the gallery store for $30.00.  


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Island Life  

Young artists will explore a variety of approaches to art making. Inspired by our diverse histories and the cultures of our communities on beautiful Vancouver Island, we will design, draw, paint, collage and build using traditional and contemporary approaches to art making. Taught by regional artists, Summer Art Camps are a fantastic way to inspire learners to explore and experiment! Camps fill up fast, register early 250.754.1750


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