Programs & Events

Our programs and events 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. Our events include exhibition opening receptions, fundraisers to inspire you and special happenings in the Gallery Store.

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All upcoming programs are below.
Paramount Camera Obscura
Next Date:
July 21 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Following Dates:
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15
September 22
All ages
A key focus of Kamloops-based artist Donald Lawrence’s practice has been the merging of art, technology and science. Through pinhole camera and camera obscura projects, Lawrence’s work draws upon early optical and image-making devices, and centres on conventions of illusion that emerged through the use of these technologies in 19th century European culture (though their origins lay in previous times and in other cultures).

Lawrence’s cameras obscura have emerged as site-specific projects that revisit early photographic technology through participatory experiences outside the gallery context. As part of his Kamloops Art Gallery exhibition Casting the Eye Adrift Lawrence has created a new camera obscura work that is installed on the canopy of the Paramount Theatre, called the Paramount Camera Obscura.

The phrase, camera obscura, is Latin for “darkened chamber” or “dark room.” The camera obscura is a device that admits light through a small opening (often fitted with a glass lens) into a box or darkened space to project an upside down image of the outside world onto a surface inside the box or space.

With this work, visitors are invited to enter the tent structure and sit on vintage theatre seats to experience a new view of the intersection at Victoria and 5th Street as an upside down projected image.

Guided Tours for 2 people at a time (or family groups of 3) offered through September.

Please bring a mask
Social distancing and sanitizing protocols will be in place

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Summer Art Camp
Next Date:
July 27 to July 31 - 9:00 am until 3:00 pm
Following Dates:
August 4 to August 7
August 10 to August 14
August 17 to August 21
7 to 9
$210 // $190 for members (per week)
Our program aims to provide participants with the opportunity to create art in a safe and encouraging space; one where we value student-led, process-based learning.

We have developed two themed weeks for your young artists that explore the ideas, techniques and materials used by the artists in our current exhibitions. Each week includes daily tours in our Gallery spaces and exploration in our studios as well as weekly outings to Riverside Park. We have also partnered with the BIG Little Science Centre (located beside us) and are excited to include a private field trip to the BLSC each week, where we will be the only guests during our visit!

In response to Covid-19, we have adapted our summer art camp program to facilitate smaller groups and support a healthy, productive learning environment with an elimination of shared art supplies and increased cleaning procedures.

Each participant will have their own art station and will receive their own materials kit with everything they need. In order to maintain the recommended safe distance of two meters at all times, this year’s camp can only accommodate four participants each week. A floorplan of our studios is available to download HERE.

WEEK A: EXPERIMENTATION STATION // Donald Lawrence: Casting the Eye Adrift
July 27 – 31 // August 10 – 14
BIG Little Science Center Dates: July 30 // August 13

Join us for a week of exploration and experimentation as we learn about art and science through Donald Lawrence’s exhibition Casting the Eye Adrift. Young artists will create art works using tools and techniques used by the artist, including cyanotypes, pinhole cameras and cameras lucida, and will learn about the ideas behind these practices through daily tours in the Gallery. On Thursdays, participants will delve deeper into the science behind this exhibition with a private field trip to the BIG Little Science Center to explore light reflections and drawing with light.

WEEK B: THE MEMORY PALACE // Anyssa Fortie: Pleasant Field
August 4 – 7 // August 17 – 21
BIG Little Science Center Dates: August 4 // August 18

What are memories and how do they work? Over the course of this week, students will explore Anyssa Fortie’s exhibition Pleasant Field in The Cube and learn about how she uses her memories as her subject. Through daily tours in our galleries, young artists will develop their ability to talk about what they see, feel and think about art work, while in our studios they will learn about painting and sculpture techniques used by the artist. On Tuesdays, students will go on a private field trip to the BIG Little Science Centre to explore the science of building structures.

Students should come prepared each day with:
• a nut-free snack and lunch, and bottle of water
• a mask
• sunscreen, hat and rain jacket
• clothes they don’t mind getting messy and/or a smock
• closed-toe shoes (for studio safety and walking)
• please ensure everything is labelled

Extended care is available daily from 8:30 to 9:00 am and 3:00 to 3:30 pm

Online registration is now open!

Generously sponsored by Watson Engineering Ltd.

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