Archived Projects


September 9, 2016 – February 25, 2017 | A Primary Exhibition organized by the KMA

Morris Lum is a Toronto-based photographer who has, over the past several years, produced a series of art projects documenting Chinatowns across Canada. The KMA has introduced a new project that collaborates with Morris Lum, exploring our collection and archives and the history of the Chinese community in Kamloops.  Through photographs, documents and historical artifacts, Lum's project raises questions about the role cultural norms play in the production and maintenance of cultural histories.



April 22, 2016 – August 20, 2016  | A Primary Exhibition organized by the KMA

Ground Control explores skateboard culture with a focus on Kamloops. Along with an array of historical skateboards, films, photos and video footage of local skateboarders, this exhibition highlights some of the issues that shape the activity. Ground Control represents a step toward connecting Kamloops youth to Kamloops culture. This interactive display, encouraged participation and made clear that we're all culture-makers, and culture matters here.


October 16, 2015 - April 9, 2016 | A Primary Exhibition organized by the KMA in partnership with Western Canada Theatre

Front and Centre derives from a place of relative honour within a theatre: the first row of auditorium seating at centre stage - the best seats in the house. Founded in 1975, the Company has rightfully claimed a place at the front and centre of cultural life both within and beyond our region. This exhibition puts their storied past in the spotlight.

Front and Centre; Western Canada Theatre at 40 is a showcase of costumes, props, videos, interactives and interviews, along with an evolving selection of digitized materials from the fascinating collection of WCT’s records including screenplays, correspondences and promotions.



February 27 – October 2, 2015 | A Primary Exhibition organized by the KMA in partnership with the Summerland Museum & Heritage Society

Mary Spencer, Photographer, tells the story of Mary Spencer (1857 – 1938), who ten short years between 1899 and 1909, produced many of the most stunning photographs ever taken of Kamloops and the surrounding area. A prolific photographer, artist, and pioneer, to this day Spencer remains relatively unknown outside of Kamloops for her lasting contribution to the history of women photographers. Her portraits reflect honest vulnerabilities and sometimes humorous snapshots of a community on the threshold of modernity, when the sometimes stuffy assurances of the Victorian era were giving way to a new world.


September 18, 2014 – December 31, 2014 | A Primary Exhibition organized by the KMA in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Rangers

Into the Fray explores an extraordinary moment of sacrifice through the eyes of the Kamloops Community and the individuals who experienced the war first-hand. Not all were lucky, not all would return. Their experiences reflect the darkness of war and the brightest hopes for the future.



May 15, 2014 – August 30, 2014 | A Primary Exhibition organized by the KMA in partnership with the Secwépemc Museum & Heritage Park

A Storied Land celebrates and interprets the living and evolving cultural landscapes of the Interior Salish, with special emphasis on the Secwépemc. Explored are artifacts connected to travel, daily life, artistic expressions, traditions, laws, stories, and beliefs held by the Interior Salish peoples. A Storied Land places KMA artifacts in the wider context of the natural and cultural history of the region.



January 10, 2014 – April 30, 2014 | A Primary Exhibition organized by the Revelstoke Museum & Archives

Chinese Legacies tells the fascinating story of the Chinese labourers who helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway through the difficult mountain terrain between Port Moody and Craigellachie. Working under terrible conditions in extreme weather, Chinese labourers blasted tunnels, built bridges and levelled the right-of-way to make Canada's national railway a reality. Between 600 and 2,200 of these men died from accidents and sickness during construction.