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Summer Arts & Culture Exhibitions

Below is a collection of featured Cultural and Art exhibitions taking place. If you are aware of other upcoming events and exhibitions, please submit event information to



Museum of Surrey - Indigenous Hall

August 11 to September 4

The exhibit gives visitors an intimate look at historic and contemporary cultural tattooing. For millennia, Indigenous tattooing and piercing were central to ceremony and recognition of special life events, potlatches, and social rank within Northwest Indigenous communities. After these ceremonies were banned, personal crests were transferred to clothing and jewelry. Body Language explores designs on skin and their relationship to traditional clothing, rock art, jewelry, basketry and weaving. Transcending mere decoration, the exhibit depicts how tattoos provide healing, protection and a profound sense of cultural knowledge and belonging.

You can visit the gallery in person from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm or view the exhibition ONLINE


GHOST DAYS | Terrance Houle

Kamloops Art Gallery - The Cube

June 30 to September 10, 2022

Curated by Chris Bose

This exhibition is the culmination of GHOST DAYS projects developed since 2018. Initiated in 2015, GHOST DAYS is an experimental art adventure, bringing together film, video, performance, photography, and music. This project conjures spirits and ghosts of Indigenous, colonial, and non-colonial history that exist in the light of night, as well as in the darkness of the day.

His artwork draws from the styles and imagery from Syilx culture, using pictographs traditionally used and found in the territory, pairing that with modern and vibrant color palettes.

Visit the gallery Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm & Thursdays, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm



Kamloops Museum and Archives

August 11 to September 24

Presented by Thompson Rivers University & the City of Kamloops

You Are Here is a free space to share your vision for the cultural direction of the City of Kamloops. Inside, you can share your ideas in a guided research project led by the Researcher–in–Residence partnership; a joint initiative between Thompson Rivers University and the City of Kamloops. Centered on cultural mapping and featuring a range of ways to take part, You Are Here calls on you and your community to envision the next landscape of culture.

You are invited to visit the Kamloops Museum and Archives Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm.

Group participation is available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am–11:30 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm with a reservation made online. The recommend groups size is 5–10 people.



Salmon Arm Arts Center

August 27 to October 8

Sqlélten (Secwepemctsin for salmon) explores the role of salmon in Indigenous culture, story and food systems. Co-Curator and exhibiting artist Tania Willard leads an Indigenous Arts Intensive at UBC-O each year, and has brought the work of Csetkwe Fortier into this visual dialogue. Also featuring works by Aaron Leon, Isha Jules, Hop You Haskett, Kenthen Thomas, Gerry Thomas, Louis Thomas, and the students of Chief Atahm School, this exhibition weaves a 15,000 year history with contemporary art-making.

The Coffee Break and Artist Talk is on Thursday, September 15 at 2pm, with words from the Co-Curator and exhibiting artists along with locally roasted organic coffee and fresh baked cookies.

Visit the gallery from Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–4pm

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