Arnica Floor Plan

Arnica Artist-Run Centre welcomes proposals from artists, collectives, or curators. Arnica aims to present recent, ongoing, or site-specific projects that range across disciplines and media. The programming committee seeks projects that are thoughtful, innovative, and socially engaged. Indigenous artists and curators are encouraged to apply, as well as those whose works consider questions of diversity, inclusion or/and facilitating participation.  Arnica presents artistic projects that range across artistic disciplines and media. The Arnica programming committee seeks innovative approaches that reflect contemporary social concerns with the possibility of significant community outreach, whether face-to-face or online.

Arnica is not accepting proposals right now.

Please check back in August.
Questions? Contact the coordinator:
Or call us at 1-(778)-765-8891


Arnica is located in Kamloops, BC, in the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, one of the city’s most prominent historical landmarks, with two small exhibition spaces. The main gallery can accommodate work of any medium, while The Vault is ideally suited for intimate installations, sound, or video works. Arnica has a content management system capable of live-streaming and facilitating interactive online extensions of exhibition content. We also have an interactive tablet programmed with each exhibition’s content to assist the visually impaired, including verbal descriptions of the artwork and audio versions of critical essays accompanying exhibitions.

Due to the heritage designation of our building, we cannot present projects that propose significant structural modifications to the spaces. For the same reason, proposals to exhibit large works must also consider the dimensions of our doorways and, if need be, should include a brief plan for installation.

Artists, collectives, and curators are welcome to present proposals that occupy one or both of our exhibition spaces (and take into consideration our online, virtual, programmable formats). Proposals are selected through a peer review process by Arnica’s Programming Committee and based on the following criteria: artistic merit, proposals that fit with Arnica’s mandate, and concerns of interest to our community and region (including parallels/ associations/ affinities with other regions nationally or internationally).

Arnica supports projects through CARFAC exhibition fees. Partial funding assistance for travel and shipping is budgeted, but, ultimately contingent on funding.

Applications should include:

  • 10-20 digital images (jpeg format, 1024 x 768 pixels) and/ or 5 minutes of video
  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 3 pages)
  • Project Proposal (max. 1 page)
  • Artist(s) and/or Curator(s) Statement(s) (max. 1 page per)
  • Image List (including title, medium, dimensions and date)
  • Additional Support Materials (optional  *do not send exhibition catalogues)
  • Self Addressed Envelope with sufficient return postage (optional)