Kamloops has a burgeoning arts and culture scene. From a world-class symphony to a principal gallery in the Southern Interior of BC, there’s plenty to discover in Kamloops.
Meet Charo Neville, Curator at the Kamloops Art Gallery. With a Master of Art History degree in Critical Curatorial Studies from UBC, Charo has curated numerous exhibitions and created many publications in support of artists. Charo comes to Kamloops from Vancouver, where she held positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Catriona Jeffries Gallery.
For the past 9 years, I've worked with artists to bring their exhibitions to life at the Kamloops Art Gallery, which supports arts on a local, national and international level. The artists I work with are recognized for their innovative and thoughtful artistic practices. As the Curator, I see myself as a facilitator and interpreter of their work, sharing their work with the Kamloops community and visitors to Kamloops.
“Art, visual art in particular, has this amazing capacity to take the world and translate it in through metaphor and through experience that make you see the world differently.”
The Kamloops Art Gallery has a national reputation for its exhibitions and programs. The Gallery prides itself on producing exhibitions that are inspirational, provocative and challenging, offering transformative experiences for visitors from all walks of life. The exhibitions currently on view feature a retrospective by local artist Donald Lawrence (Casting the Eye Adrift) and a new project by Kamloops artist Anyssa Fortie (Pleasant Field).
The Kamloops Art Gallery is located in downtown Kamloops at 101-465 Victoria Street and open from Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm. Admission is $5 per adult or $10 for a family, with free admission on Thursdays thanks to a sponsorship by BCLC. The Gallery is also mobility and wheelchair accessible, and home to the Gallery Store featuring unique products from BC artisans, artists, and designers.
Be sure to catch Luminocity October 23-31, a free public art exhibition happening after dark throughout downtown Kamloops and in Riverside Park. As an off-site Kamloops Art Gallery initiative, Luminocity embraces new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field and brings recent video projects previously shown primarily in gallery settings to the outdoors.
Inspired by popular public art exhibitions such as Nuit Blanche that take over major cities like Toronto and Montréal, Luminocity transforms Kamloops’ urban environment with projections on the façades of buildings and from windows, and site-specific installations at Riverside Park. Luminocity is a unique offering to take in video art projects from a diversity of artists and to explore the city of Kamloops in a new way.