Urban Insights is the culminating exhibition of The Cultural Future of Small Cities project, a multi-year community-based research initiative exploring why and how the arts and heritage flourish in small urban centres. Twelve artists provide diverse perspectives on the look and feel of city life and on such related issues as urban development and local identity.
Six of the artists are from Kamloops. Shima Iuchi and Donald Lawrences sculptural sound map contains memories of residents throughout the city. Photographer Eileen Leier explores Kamloops hidden histories and also coordinated a project with children that used archival images to investigate the past. Laura Hargraves drawing and sculptural works are based on walks throughout the city, while a video by Steve Mennie and Jen Dyck focuses on residents of the North Shore neighbourhood
Kelowna-based Byron Johnstons installation addresses the tensions, limits and possibilities of the small city. Halifax-based Mike MacDonalds video Electronic Totem, part of the Gallerys permanent collection, looks at issues of aboriginal identity. Montreal photographer Michel Campeau documents Kamloops industrial aspects, and American landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirns photographs taken during her recent visit feature a Kamloops neighbourhood. Montreal-based Eleanor Bonds mural-size painting is a vision of the post-industrial city, and works by Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys convey the impact of technology on cities.
The exhibition catalogue contains essays by project co-directors Lon Dubinsky and Will Garrett-Petts and writer/critics Robin Laurence and Lucy R. Lippard.