Nk’Mip children’s art presented in collaborative Okanagan exhibition

Nk’Mip children’s art presented in collaborative exhibition

A collaboration between the Kelowna Museums Society and the Kelowna Art Gallery is bringing an important local story to life.

The joint exhibition titled Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk’Mip Children’s Art presents over 75 works of art created by children and youth who attended the Inkameep Day School during the era of World War II. Under the tutelage of Mr. Anthony Walsh, the school, which was located on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve, became nationally and internationally renowned for its students’ production of art and drama based on their Okanagan identity and history.

Inkameep Day School in 1942

The exhibition, which is divided between the Okanagan Heritage Museum and the Kelowna Art Gallery, features graphite drawings as well as paintings on paper and hide created by the students. Archival photographs and interpretive panels will further help visitors to glimpse through the Nk’Mip children’s eyes, the complex layers of traditions and histories meeting with new ways of life and the social and political changes of the time. Today the Inkameep Day School artworks are valued points of departure for contemporary Nk’Mip arts, culture, and education.

Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk’Mip Children’s Art is on view from January 19 to April 14. The exhibition is organized collaboratively by the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Kelowna Museums Society, with assistance from the Osoyoos Museum Society and the Osoyoos Indian Band. It is guest curated by Dr. Andrea Walsh, Professor of Anthropology, at the University of Victoria.

Four workshops will be presented on select Saturdays during the months of February, March, and April. The workshops explore a variety of subjects and are open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

  • Living the Seasons – Syilx (Okanagan) Calendar
  • Everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask
  • Our Shared History – Talking Circle
  • Fire and Water – Syilx (Okanagan) Relationship with the Land

The Kelowna Art Gallery is located at 1315 Water Street, and the Okanagan Heritage Museum is located at 470 Queensway Avenue. For more information, visit them online at www.kelownaartgallery.com or www.kelownamuseums.ca.