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Nya Lewis for BlackArt Gastown: Quilt of Hope

January 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - March 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm PST

The Quilt of Hope is an installation that asks artists to consider their role in the movement, and what art expression has to teach us about radical activism. It shares the perspectives of  practicing artists across  the Lower Mainland  in a collection of 25 quotes, responding to the question “What is the role of Artists in dismantling anti-Black racism?”

Artist and Curator: Nya Lewis for BlackArt Gastown

About the Artist/Curator:

Nya Lewis’ practice is a culmination of centuries of African resistance, love, questions, actions, study, embrace and exposure in the face of failed neo-colonial attempts at erasure. Nanyamka’s expression is powered by the perpetual engine of truth-explored, uncompromised. It interrupts, it educates, it asks, it unites, it celebrates a Canada with all voices present, with all voices heard, with actions taken and commitment to justice declared. The artist sees her practice as a continuation of a long lineage of work undertaken by Black artists, curators, writers, activists and thinkers who blaze(d) a trail of critical discourse surrounding the Black Canadian Experience. Lewis’ creative practice reflects upon the diversity of Black diasporic experiences and its many forms of expression. As such, she works across the disciplines of art making, curating and writing. Her work is multivalent in form and expression but is always driven by the reimagining and reclaiming of community. 

Lewis is a MFA candidate at OCAD University, an Independent curator currently serving as the Programming Coordinator at Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the founder and director of BlackArt Gastown.


This exhibition takes place upstairs in the Massy Gallery, which is only accessible by a flight of stairs. Unfortunately, no audio or visual tours are available at this time.⁣

Masks are mandatory while in Massy Books.⁣


January 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am PST
March 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm PST