Programs

Our programs offer opportunities for people of all ages to learn how art connects us with our daily lives. Focusing on the KAG’s current exhibitions, programs include art camps, interactive tours, activities and workshops that encourage self-expression and experimentation while learning about art techniques, basic design concepts and a variety of media.

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All upcoming programs are below.
Drink & Draw at Zack's Coffee
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Next Date:
November 27 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
377 Victoria Street
Ages:
All
Admission:
FREE
Join us at Zack’s Coffee on the last Monday of every month and at Red Collar Brewing Co. on the second Wednesday of every month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best local coffee and beer. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided. Minors are welcome at Red Collar with an accompanying parent or guardian.
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Mini Camps
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Next Date:
November 28 - 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Ages:
3-5
Admission:
$41.25 (Painting) // $33 (Sculpture)
INTRODUCING: Mini Camps!

In KAG Mini Camps, young artists aged 3 to 5 go on interactive mini-tours to explore artwork on display in our exhibitions and learn through play in our studios. We value small class sizes, which means space is limited. Register early to reserve your place. Register online or phoning the Gallery 250-377-2400. 


Mini Camp: Painting
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 am
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Ages 3 to 5
$41.25 // $37.50 for members (for 5 sessions)

In this five-week camp, your young artists will experiment with mixing colours, painting through dance and with dots, painting in water and painting with uncontrollable objects like bouncy balls.


Mini Camp: Sculpture
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 am
November 7, 14, 21, 28
Ages 3 to 5
$33 // $30 for members (for 4 sessions)

In this four-week camp, campers will learn how to mix their own sculpture dough and experiment with balance, gravity and wind as they build sculptures that lie down, stand up and even one that moves.

Mini Camps are generously supported by the Jann LM Bailey Legacy Fund.
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Ladies' Afternoon Drawing Club
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Next Date:
November 28 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Following Dates:
December 5
,
December 12
Ages:
16+
Admission:
$5 // FREE for members
Based on the hugely successful Ladies’ Drawing Nights started in New York City by artists Leah Goren, Julia Rothman and Rachel Cole, the Ladies’ Afternoon Drawing Club is for women who want to drink tea (and coffee), make friends and develop their art-making skills. Each week, KAG Art Instructor Anyssa Fortie will lead a workshop exploring a selected topic, ranging from pencil shading techniques to gouache painting methods. In addition to learning new art-making techniques, we will also explore the work of contemporary and historical female artists to inspire our own artwork. No registration required. All supplies provided.
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Logograph
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Next Date:
November 29 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Following Dates:
December 6
,
December 13
Ages:
12 to 24
Admission:
FREE
Logograph is a youth-directed club that meets weekly at the Kamloops Art Gallery and the downtown branch of the TNRD Library. This program offers a safe space for LGBTQ2S+ youth and allies to drop in and create new art and writing independently or in collaboration.

All materials are provided and no experience is necessary.

New members are always welcome!
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Family Storytime + Baby & Me Art Exploration
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Next Date:
November 30 - 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Ages:
3 and under with parent/guardian (older siblings welcome)
Admission:
FREE
Join us in our studios for songs, stories and puppets with Kathy from the Kamloops Library, followed by baby-friendly art making at 11:00. All of our art materials are safe for small children who want to put everything in their mouths. Art can be messy! Dress your child in something you won’t mind getting dirty. No registration required. All supplies provided.
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Over the Horizon of Tomorrow
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Next Date:
November 30 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Following Dates:
December 2
,
December 9
Admission:
$3-5 // FREE for members
Ages:
All ages
Curated by Tania Willard

Curated in response to Since Then, on exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery until December 30, 2017, Over the Horizon of Tomorrow brings together leading International contemporary Indigenous performance artists and further extends the exhibition themes of alternate senses of time, sound and bodily connections to both the ancestral and notions of futurity.
Through culturally specific and broadly contemporary approaches Jeneen Frei Njootli, Demian Dinéyazhi’ and Peter Morin bring dynamic and embodied performative experiences to the gallery.
Addressing non-binary gender, ancestral echoes, the impact of colonial violence and the strength of visioning the future, these three artists perform cultural translation, time travel and ancestral resonance as a form of reciprocity grounded in lived experience and Indigenous lands.

Jeneen Frei Njootli
Thursday, November 30
5:30 pm

Well known for her powerful work dealing with Indigeneity, community engagement and the land, Frei Njootli will be using voice, body movement and gesture to interact with and respond to many of the artworks on display in the current exhibition, “Since Then.” Using a portable microphone wrapped in moose fur, Frei Njootli’s performance will range throughout the exhibition space.
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and a co-creator of the ReMatriate Collective, currently based on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver.
Frei Njootli’s practice concerns itself with Indigeneity in politics, community engagement and productive disruptions. An alumna of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, she has worked as a performance artist, workshop facilitator, crime prevention youth coordinator and has exhibited across Canada. She obtained her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2012 after working as a curatorial assistant on Rita Wong’s Downstream: Reimagining Water Project. She received the William & Meredith Saunderson Prize for Emerging Canadian Artist from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2016. In 2017, she received her MFA from the University of British Columbia. Currently, Frei Njootli is working on a research project centered on performance and the land.

Demian Dinéyazhi’
Saturday, December 2
2:00 pm

Dinéyazhi’s performance will combine poetry reading and projected images related to themes of decolonization, survival and queerness in Indigenous culture. This public performance in front of gallery visitors at the KAG will be followed by a private reenactment of the same performance the following day, in which Dinéyazhi will perform outdoors with the land itself as his audience.
Demian DinéYazhi’ is a Portland-based transdisciplinary warrior born to the clans Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water) and Naasht'ézhí Táb??há (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) of the Diné (Navajo). Whether he is broaching topics adjacent to Decolonization, Survivance, and Queerness in written or visual language, Demian is caught in a narrative that is informed by romanticized notions of belonging and the alienation experienced through centuries of forced assimilation to white patriarchal capitalist supremacy.

Peter Morin
Saturday, December 9
2:00 pm

Please join us to witness and/or participate in an exciting performance by Peter Morin. Morin’s multi-media installation work Experiments with Time Travel is currently on display in the exhibition Since Then, and Morin will be activating the piece through a participatory performance wherein audience members are invited to beat drums while Morin circles the space and sings, leading the group's (heart)beat. At various intervals, members of the drum circle can put down their drums and, one at a time, enter the middle of the circle to grasp a set of antlers in order to experience the “time travel” referenced in the work’s title.
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and writer. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin’s practice-based research investigates the impact zones that occur when indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism collide. This work is shaped by Tahltan Nation epistemological production and often takes on the form of performance interventions. In addition to his object making and performance-based practice, Morin has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery and Burnaby Art Gallery. In 2014, Morin was long-listed for the Sobey Art Prize. Morin recently relocated to join the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Faculty at Brandon University.


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PD Day Art Camp (Ages 4-12)
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Next Date:
December 4 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ages:
4 to 12
Admission:
$24.75/half day | $49.50/full day

Inspired by our current exhibitions, KAG day camps engage children aged 4 to 12 in a variety of artistic media using high quality materials. Led by our art instructors, KAG tours and interactive activities take place in our gallery spaces, while our studios provide a space for creation, expression and discovery.


We provide a variety of fine art materials for experimentation, enabling participants to create art projects using varied techniques and media, including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.


We value small class sizes, which means space is limited. Register early to reserve your place.

Ages 4 to 6
9:00 to 12:00 pm
$24.75 // $22.50 for members  (per half day)

Ages 7 to 12
9:00 to 3:00 pm
$49.50 // $45 for members (per full day)

Extended care is available 8:30 to 9:00 and 3:00 to 3:30 pm.

Register online or by calling 250-377-2400.

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Drink & Draw at Red Collar
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Next Date:
December 13 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:
355 Lansdowne Street
Ages:
All
Admission:
FREE
Join us at Zack’s Coffee on the last Monday of every month and at Red Collar Brewing Co. on the second Wednesday of every month to contribute to large-scale collaborative drawings, play Surrealist drawing games and enjoy some of Kamloops’ best local coffee and beer. No experience is necessary. All supplies are provided. Minors are welcome at Red Collar with an accompanying parent or guardian.
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Art History Happy Hour
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Next Date:
December 14 - 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Age:
19+
Admission:
FREE

Learn something new while enjoying your after-work drink. Every month offers a new topic on diverse aspects of art history presented by local artists, educators and researchers. A cash bar is available.


In November, join Interim Curator Adrienne Fast for an introduction to Buddhist art and architecture. From its humble origins in the 5th century BC to its dominance as a truly global religion, the history of Buddhism is inexorably linked to the art and architecture that has helped spread its message.


Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while Fast explains the key symbols in images of the Buddha himself, and traces the development of the Buddhist stupa as a unique architectural form.


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DIY Thursdays
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Next Date:
December 14 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ages:
16+
Admission:
$5 // FREE for members

Drop in to DIY Thursdays to learn new skills from talented local artists. No experience is necessary, and we'll provide all the materials (and some snacks).


December: Introductory Beading with Melody Markle
Join us in the KAG studios to view examples of Ojibwe florals and learn about traditional design, materials and techniques from local artist Melody Markle. The first workshop during DIY Thursday will cover the basics of creating your design, then join us again on Saturday to explore edging techniques.
All materials will be provided and no experience is necessary.
Space is limited, call the Gallery at 250-377-2400 to reserve your place.
This workshop has space for 15 participants. Reserve your place by calling the Gallery 250-377-2400.

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Introductory Beading with Melody Markle: Edging Techniques
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Next Date:
December 16 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ages:
16+
Admission:
$5 // FREE for members
Join us in the KAG studios to view examples of Ojibwe florals and learn about traditional design, materials and techniques from local artist Melody Markle. Please note: this is the follow-up to Melody's first workshop during DIY Thursday which covered the basics of creating your design. In this workshop, participants will explore edging techniques to complete their projects.

All materials will be provided and no experience is necessary.
This workshop has space for 15 participants, call the Gallery at 250-377-2400 to reserve your place.
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Curator's Tour
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Next Date:
January 19 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Admission:
FREE
Ages:
All
Join Adrienne Fast, Interim Curator Kamloops Art Gallery for a tour of the January to March 2018 exhibition focusing on photography from India. Fast will provide background on the artists and discuss key ideas and works in the exhibition. Everyone is  welcome.
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Opening Reception
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Next Date:
January 19 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Admission:
FREE
Ages:
All
Let’s come together to celebrate the opening of the winter 2018 exhibitions in the Central Gallery and in The Cube. Meet the artists and curators, mix with other art supporters, get creative at the Kids Table and enjoy live music and appetizers. Everyone is welcome. Memberships are 25% off.
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