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Rediscovering the Roots of Black New Brunswickers Exhibit and Film Series

The UNB Art Centre is pleased to present Rediscovering the Roots of Black New Brunswickers, a program of exhibits and films designed to showcase and honour the everyday experiences of Black New Brunswickers.

The exhibition runs Jan. 19 through March 1, with the opening on Friday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. This exhibit is a project commemorating Black History Month, a time set aside to celebrate Black achievement and to acknowledge that the struggle for recognition and equality happens every day.

This collection of portraits and biographies has been an ongoing project for the UNB Art Centre. This year nine new portrait panels have been added and now include Carol Howe, David Peters, Carl Howe, Terry Dymond, Chester Eatmon, Gabriel Johnson, Randolph George Hope, Dexter Noel, and Carl White.

Additionally, banners highlighting some of the individuals honoured in the panels will be on display along Regent and Westmorland Streets in Fredericton throughout February again this year.

This year’s film series, presented in partnership with the New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance, is every Tuesday in February at 7:30 p.m. in room 261 of Marshall d’Avray Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Film series schedule

  • "Oscar" (2016) directed by Marie-Josée Saint Pierre (12:00)
  • "The World is Ours" (2023) directed by Nadia Louis-Desmarchais (21:30)
  • "Bonum" (2017) directed by Sabrina Naz Comănescu (12:00)
  • "Speakers for the Dead" (2000) directed by David Sutherland & Jennifer Holness (49:00)

  • "I Made a Vow" (2013) directed by Juanita Peters (51:00)
  • "Portia White: Think on Me" (2000) directed by Sylvia Hamilton (50:00)

  • "Two Friends" (2023) directed by David Dairo-Singer (02:47)
  • "Blowies" (2006) directed by Brian Carty (17:19) 
  • "Pugilist Pride: The Story of Faryad Azizi" (2023) directed by Gary Weekes (18:00)
  • "Echoes in the Rink: The Willie O'Ree Story" (1997) directed by Errol Williams (26:00)

  • "Triggered" (2023)directed by Carlos Anthony (24:54) 
  • "John Ware Reclaimed" (2020) directed by Cheryl Foggo (73:00)

A discussion will take place after the screening. Admission is free.

Memorial Hall is located at 9 Bailey Drive on the UNB Fredericton campus. For more information, please call 506-453-4623.

2024 upcoming exhibitions

World Water Day exhibits: Gary weekes: beachcomber and jean- christophe lemay: l’eau

World Water Day is an initiative of the United Nations to bring awareness to the importance of water resources and their sustainable management. The UNB Art Centre has been a participant in this project since 2011.

This year’s World Water Day celebration features two photographers who explore the changing nature and meaning of water.

Gary Weekes

Gary Weekes is a local freelance photographer who has in recent years turned his hand to fine art photography. In this series he presents views of New River Beach, NB through sculptural works made of epoxy resin. Gary Weekes has shown at the Fredericton Public Library, Gallery on Queen, the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and The Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

J.C. Lemay

J.C. Lemay currently lives in Rimouski, PQ and focuses his lens on the natural heritage of Canada in an effort to help protect and conserve the environment. This series of large-scale photographs captures the power and beauty of our Canadian waters. J.C Lemay’s photos have appeared in Nature Sauvage and Canadian Geographic magazines.

The life and legacy of Brigid Toole Grant

This exhibit pays tribute to the artist Brigid Toole Grant who passed away on Aug. 1, 2023. The daughter of Norah Vernon (Barry) Toole and Francis James Toole, Brigid grew up on the UNB campus and spent her early years living in what is now known as Sir Howard Douglas Hall.

Brigid’s natural abilities were nurtured early on when she took art lessons from UNB Art Centre founder Lucy Jarvis and she became known for her powerful woodcuts, landscape paintings and interior decors. Works on display will be from the UNB Permanent Collection, and on loan from the NB Art Bank, as well as from friends and family.

Avian cyborgs: The art of Terry Graff

The UNB Art Centre is the final stop for this touring exhibit which catalogues over 50 years of work by Terry Graff. Graff is a perpetual student, not only of history but of current affairs and interprets his ideas and observations through the juxtaposition of manufactured materials and the persistent image of one of the planet’s most ancient species, the bird.

Over these many years he has incorporated a vast range of media, not only the usual artists’ tools like paint, brushes and pencils, but all the detritus of the everyday world, discarded then found, re-envisioned and reassembled.


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