The Nanaimo Art Gallery is launching their first major publication, Black Diamond Dust. The launch will feature readings by BC Studies author and local historian Lynne Bowen. Other readers include curator and co-editor Jesse Birch, and Vancouver based artist and writer Elisa Ferrari. There will also be a reception with beverages, book signings and an opportunity to see the gallery's current exhibition Landfall and Departure: Prologue.
The publication expands on the contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust referes to coal mining, an industry that formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labour inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, through artworks, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images.
Enjoy this free event Thursday, March 16th at 7pm at the Nanaimo Art Gallery.
Read Lynne Bowen's "Friendly Societies in Nanaimo: The British Tradition of Self-Help in a Canadian Coal-Mining Community" here.