HALIFAX – This Monday will launch an exhibition of black and white photos dubbed “Culture Not Convention” to be featured at The Khyber all week. The work is a collective, community-based response to plans by all three levels of government to spend up to $375 million in tax dollars on a proposed high rise convention centre in the downtown core. It also includes two water colours by Kyle Jackson.
Borrowing its name from a previous fence weave project, the photo initiative started back in December, when an ad-hoc group of artists, environmentalists, activists and community boosters got together at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to discuss their concerns around the huge sums of money slated to be spent on the convention centre. This event generated a photo petition featuring participants’ creative, utopian, and common sense ideas for how those tax dollars could be redirected into projects focused on better development planning and environmental and economic sustainability.
Since then, the photo collection has snowballed, accruing new ideas at the Seaport Farmers’ Market and community events throughout Halifax. Now comprised of almost 60 photos, it is a living, growing archive of Haligonians’ priorities for a revitalized and remarkable city core.
Rumour has it Defence Minister Peter MacKay will be announcing federal support for the convention centre proposal at the Chamber of Commerce at 7:50am Monday morning, giving this exhibit even deeper relevance. Come view fellow Halifax folks’ un-conventional ideas for the city, and show your support for sustainable, community-generated, and dynamic city planning.
WHAT: “Culture Not Convention” photography exhibition
WHERE: The Khyber (third floor), 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax
WHEN: Show runs Aug 15th-19th; launch party on Monday Aug 15th, 7pm-9pm
HOW MUCH: Free; cash bar.