Kamloops Arts Council is looking for artwork from regional artists to be displayed at Royal Inland Hospital and Kamloops Airport. Photo: Kamloops Arts Council.

Art sought for Kamloops public spaces

Local artists encouraged to submit artwork for display at Royal Inland Hospital and Kamloops airport

The Kamloops Arts Council’s (KAC) “Art in Public Spaces” program is looking for more original artwork by local artists artwork to showcase at the Clinical Services Building at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH) and the Kamloops Airport.

The program provides local businesses and organizations with fresh artwork on a rotating basis. Paintings, photography, and other works by local artists are displayed where Kamloops citizens and tourists congregate: places such as health-care and transportation centres, reception areas, restaurants, and hotel lobbies.

Like similar programs in Victoria and Kelowna, Art in Public Spaces makes the Kamloops community more vibrant, showcases local talent, enhances cultural tourism, activates public spaces, creates economic development, and even promotes health and healing.

“[Art] creates a calming effect and reduces stress,” says RIH Foundation CEO Heidi Coleman. “It offers a bright and positive impact on a person’s day, patients and staff alike. We are so excited and grateful to benefit from Art in Public Spaces and to be a part of the joy it can bring within our hospital.”

Art In Public Spaces is into its second rotation at the Kamloops Airport and its third rotation at RIH. Lots of new artwork is being sought to fill these venues later this month, for an exhibition period tentatively set at one year.

Medium to large and extra-large pieces are recommended, and pieces will be chosen with careful consideration of their emotional impact on patients and visitors at the location they will be displayed, whether it be at RIH or the airport.

Artists can advertise their work as being for sale if they want, with works for sale available for purchase through the Kamloops Arts Council or online. There is no registration fee to participate in this art display/show, and any sales will be split, with 70 per cent of the sale price going to the artist and a 30 per cent commission going to the KAC. Artists will be contacted in case of a sale, and may be asked to provide a replacement piece of artwork if required.

Artists will be required to volunteer for installation, strike (take down), or art intake, and will be notified upon selection.

Artists are required to fill out the submission form for the Art in Public Spaces program. Visit http://kamloopsarts.ca/programs/galleries-exhibitions/art-public-spaces/ for the link to the form, as well as more information about the program.

If you are an artist who has artwork that you would like considered, contact Leah Bojey at gallery@kamloopsarts.ca. A maximum of three pieces of work per artist are being considered at this time. Send images in jpeg format and information (artist name, artwork title, size, medium, price) for each piece submitted. Accepted items can be dropped off at the Old Courthouse, 7 Seymour Street West, Kamloops on March 27, March 28, and March 30.


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