The Kamloops Arts Council and their ongoing efforts to bring art to our community.
The Kamloops Arts Council is dedicated to bringing art to our vibrant city by coordinating art galleries throughout Kamloops throughout the year.
Staying close to home, the Old Courthouse plays host not only to the offices of the Kamloops Arts Council but also to four unique gallery spaces – Main Gallery, Hallway Gallery, Alcove and Vault. These are non-curated, open exhibition spaces for artists of all levels to showcase their 2D and 3D art. Open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, the gallery has a donation admission fee, meaning anyone and everyone can drop in from 10am to 4pm to admire our homegrown artists.
If you’ve visited the Sagebrush Theatre, the Kamloops Airport or the TNRD Library’s downtown or Northshore locations, you’ve seen some local art. As part of its ongoing Art in the Public Space gallery, KAC works with local businesses and organizations to provide new artwork on a rotating basis throughout the year. Paintings, photography and other works are displayed where Kamloops citizens and tourists gather to enhance cultural tourism, stimulate economic development and of course showcase our local talent. Other locations in Kamloops that feature exceptional art are its Clinical Services Building and Investor Group’s Royal Inland Hospital.
If you are more inclined towards the written word, KAC’s Literary Artist Program may be of interest to you. Through this program, KAC works with its literary-minded members to display their published works for sale in person and online. Publications can also be updated, meaning new titles will pop up throughout the year. For those looking to support local authors, drop by the Old Courthouse to peruse a selection of original works contributed by Kamloops authors.
These are just a few of the permanent galleries that the Kamloops Arts Council showcases each year. They also bring back regular galleries such as Art Exposed, a community-focused visual art exhibit, the annual Crossing Bridges Outreach Show, which features art created through mental health-focused workshops, and the small//work, great, big, small, small art show, which will run from November 18 to December 23, 2022.
Whether you’re an artist yourself or an art appreciator, there’s always a gallery to appreciate the Kamloops Arts Council and their ongoing efforts to bring art to our community.
Are you an artist that wants to participate in the aforementioned gallery? For more information visit the galleries and exhibitions page on the Kamloops Arts Council website at Kamloopsart.ca.
If you would like to sponsor or donate to an exhibit, please contact Executive Director Tanya Nielsen at [email protected].