Black Artists Network of

Nova Scotia (BANNS)



Who We Are

The Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia (BANNS) is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts association that seeks to develop the African Nova Scotian arts community. BANNS works with African Nova Scotian communities around the province to document and present their art and culture stories and to initiate important community arts projects.

It was founded in 1991 and has helped to increase the representation of African Nova Scotian artistry within Nova Scotia and  in Canada’s mainstream public arts and cultural institutions. One of our major goals includes fostering programs and  providing visibility for art collections.


The Secret Codes Quilt Exhibition at Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Opens October 28, 2023

BANNS’ hit exhibition The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Quilts makes its Toronto debut

October 28, 2-4 pm: Public opening reception Free admission masks required

October 29, 11 am- 4pm: Applique workshop with Vale Quilters of New Glasgow

November 2, 7-9 pm Art Talk: Artist, writer, curator Dr. David Woods (Halifax) The meaning of African Nova Scotian Quilts  

Admission $15 | $10 members

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BANNS member painter Ibe Ananaba (Halifax) creates Annapolis Valley mural ‘Letting The World Smile’

July 2023

Painter Ibe Ananaba, Hfx was commissioned to create a mural for the town of Berwick 100 year incorporation commemoration.

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Get Involved

Our efforts to build the network of Black Artists can not be effective without the collective effort of people like you. You can show your support by volunteering in any of our events or by donating to fund our projects


Rebecca Fisk

Rebecca Fisk explores issues of identity in painting and multi-disciplinary work. She is a graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and Mt. St. Vincent Art Gallery (MA Ed.). Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada. Her most recent solo exhibition Not Every Black Girl’s Story Is The Same was presented at the Chester Arts Ctr Gallery, Chester NS in Sept-Oct 2022

Rebecca Fisk Bridgewater Nova Scotia photographer mixed media artist

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