Curator’s Talk: The Secret Codes with David Woods

Hybrid Program
General $15, Supporter $10

Moderated by Raven Spiratos

Please join curator David Woods for a conversation centered around “The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Quilts” an exhibition currently on display at the Textile Museum.

Delve into the fascinating stories of these exceptional quilts, each an ode to the creativity and legacy of African Nova Scotian quiltmakers. These artworks illuminate the rich fabric of community history and personal experiences woven together.

Join us for a deeper understanding of the alchemical process that saw some of these intricate ideas transition from drawings on paper into breathtaking, fabric compositions. It is a journey that underscores the power of storytelling through textiles and the profound impact it has had on the African Nova Scotian community.

Learn how these extraordinary quilts serve as a bridge between the past and the present, bringing to life the hidden narratives and secret codes embedded within each stitch.

You can participate in this program either in person in the Textile Museum’s auditorium or online through Zoom.

Register for the in-person program HERE.

Register for the online program HERE .


This program is generously supported by the Canada Council of the Arts Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.

Type: Program

Date: Nov 2, 2023, 7pm - 9pm

David Woods is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer and performer. He was the organizing founder of Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia (BANNS) in 1992 and founded or co-founded several other African Nova Scotian arts organizations including the African Nova Scotian Quilters Association, Cultural Awareness Youth Group, New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance, North Preston Cultural Association, Preston Cultural Festival, Vale Quilters Association, Voices Black Theatre Ensemble and Voices Storytellers. He has curated acclaimed exhibitions of African Nova Scotian art and quilts including In This Place and The Secret Codes. He is the first person of African descent to serve as a curator at a provincial art museum (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 2006-2007). His paintings have appeared in exhibitions across Canada and grace the covers of several award-winning albums and literary publications. He is the winner of major prizes for his art, poetry and drama and was awarded the prestigious Harry Jerome Award in 2016 for his contributions to the arts in Canada. 



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