The Secret Codes

Secret Codes Exhibition poster

2022-2024 National Tour

Curated by David Woods 

Museum of Textile Canada, Toronto Ont Sep 2023-Feb 2024
Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax NS May-Aug 2023
Quilt Canada National Conference, Halifax NS Apr 2023
Yarmouth County Museum, Yarmouth NS Jan-Mar 2023
Black Canadians National Summit, Halifax Convention Ctr.
Halifax NS Jul 2022
Federation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown PEI Jan-Mar, 2022
(New bookings available)

Popular BANNS exhibition presenting African Nova Scotian quiltmaking history and traditions featuring old quilts (1930-1960), popular traditional patterns, Underground Railroad patterns, contemporary abstract patterns, picture quilts designed by artist,writer and exhibition curator David Woods. This is an expanded version of an earlier BANNS exhibition called ‘The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Picture and Narrative Quilts’ (2012-2015)

Quilt artists:

  • Marilyn Brannan
  • Myla Borden
  • Anja Clyke
  • Edith Colley
  • Heather Cromwell
  • Bolivia Czernon
  • Sara Donovan
  • Frances Dorrington
  • Marlene Dorrington
  • Laurel Francis
  • Cass Gero
  • Connie Glasgow-White
  • Andrea Tsang Jackson
  • Debra Jordan
  • Susan Lawrence
  • Shirley MacKenzie
  • Helen Morrison
  • Melinda Patterson
  • Annie Whelan, Vale Quilters  

Media links:

Confederation Centre

Studio Magazine 

Organised by BANNS