Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 22, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Bring Exhibition of Works by Canadian Artist to Kamloops

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Kamloops Art Gallery.

This funding will assist the Gallery in hosting the exhibition "Jayce Salloum: history of the present (selected works 1985-2009)", which will tour five venues in Eastern and Central Canada. This exhibit draws on more than two decades of production and includes room-scale installations, archival material, photographic and photo-based series, collaborative artwork, and a multi-panel wall drawing.

"Our Government's investment will enable the Kamloops Art Gallery to recognize Jayce Salloum's stature as one of Canada's most internationally active and widely cited contemporary artists," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support local heritage institutions in their efforts to provide all Canadians with access to their history."

"For a community of our size, the Kamloops Art Gallery's permanent collection contains an impressive variety of pieces in all media, from sculpture to painting, photography and more. It is an important cultural resource and attraction for residents and visitors from across Canada and around the world," said Mrs. McLeod. "By investing in projects such as these today, we can help ensure the sustainability of local arts and cultural institutions for many years to come."

"The exhibition 'Jayce Salloum: history of the present (selected work 1985-2009)' is the first retrospective of this important Canadian artist's career," said Michelle Stanford, President of the Kamloops Art Gallery. "The Kamloops Art Gallery-along with its touring partners, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery-is pleased to receive funding from the Government of Canada to assist in touring this significant exhibition. Research and the organization of exhibitions of this scope accompanied by scholarly publications would simply not be possible without this funding."

The Kamloops Art Gallery is the principal gallery for the visual arts in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The Gallery is committed to the belief that art is an essential part of the human experience and is dedicated to making this belief tangible within the communities it serves.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $120,000 under the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155