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.
February 2023 Events
Secret Codes – African Nova Scotian Quilts Exhibition
Featuring ‘The history and meaning of African Nova Scotian quilts’ a talk by Dr. David Woods- Exhibition curator, artist, writer, researcher.
Voices Theatre Ensemble
Voices Black Theatre Ensemble is seeking actors to workshop Extraordinary Acts- a new play exploring previously unknown African Nova Scotian experiences during in the 1917 Halifax Explosion and its immediate aftermath by award-winning playwright, artist David Woods
Black Artists Network of Ns (Banns) Relaunch of 40 Places Called Home Competition
African Nova Scotian Community Research Competition for Fb users
The StFX Art Gallery
There is No One Story of Black Girlhood features a series of Rebecca Fisk’s self-portraits. Eleven paintings depict Fisk’s childhood memories and adult experiences, calling attention to shared struggles within the Black Diaspora.
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 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
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