It Pays To Play: British Columbia In Postcards, 1950S To 1980S

Curated by: Peter White

An investigation into the use of photographic postcards from the 1950s through to the 1980s in British Columbia. Among many considerations, the project looks at issues such as memory and identity, place/community, nature/landscape, urbanism, tourism and leisure.

A catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition was co-published by Presentation House Gallery and Arsenal Pulp Press, with text by Peter White.

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Events

March 2, 2:15pm | Walking tour by Peter White on Saturday, followed by a reception.

Slide Presentations:
November 19, 7:30pm - at Presentation House Gallery
November 21, 7:00pm - The Bookstore on Bastion Street, Nanaimo
November 22, 7:00pm - Saanich Commonwealth Centre, Victoria

Book Signings
November 17, 2:30-3:30 - The Book Company,
Park Royal Shopping Center, West Vancouver

November 23m 1 - 2:00pm - Chapters Book Store
Eaton Centre, Metrotown, Burnaby

Touring Exhibition

Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina June 7 - September 14, 1996

Oboro, Montreal, February 22 - March 23, 1997

Kamloops Art Gallery, B.C. April 17 - June 1, 1997

Plug In Inc. Winnipeg, November 2 - December 14, 1997

It Pays to Play exhibition publication
It Pays to Play exhibition publication
Postcard from the exhibition, ca. 1950s
Postcard from the exhibition, ca. 1950s

It Pays To Play: British Columbia In Postcards 1950S - 1980S

The 1996 exhibition was an investigation into the use of photographic postcards from the 1950s through to the 1980s in British Columbia. Among many considerations, the project looked at issues such as memory and identity, place/community, nature/landscape, urbanism, tourism and leisure. The publication, co-published with Arsenal Pulp Press, includes thematic sections on Landscape, Leisure, Urbanism, Industry and the Enviroment, with a introductory essay, It Pays to Play, by guest curator Peter White. The exhibition toured to the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Oboro, Montreal; Kamloops Art Gallery, B.C; and Plug In Inc. Winnipeg.

Honorable Mention: 1996 Alcuin Society Book Design Awards

Designed by Alex Hass and printed by Kromar Printing, Winnipeg.

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