David Woods is a ‘self-taught’ curator whose exhibitions have been featured in Nova Scotia public art galleries for over 3 decades. He began curating out of necessity, as galleries in the province did not feature artwork by African Nova Scotians at the beginning of his art career in the 1980’s. His first curatorial assignments were solo exhibitions of African Nova Scotian artists at community centres and special community events. In 1997 he was invited to create an exhibition on Black Art for Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax- the art gallery of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. It was expected that Woods would feature works of 4-5 established Halifax artists. However, Woods used this opportunity to widen the scope of the exhibition to include art created by African Nova Scotians from over the past century (in part motivated by the fact that there had been no collective exhibitions of African Nova Scotian art in the province’s history to that point). The resulting exhibition In This Place featured 90 pieces of artwork from 36 artists covering over 100 years of artmaking. It was a runaway hit with audiences and broke the gallery’s attendance records with over 2,000 visits over the exhibition’s 3-week run. In This Place would later tour galleries in Shelburne, Stellarton and Cape Breton.