Artist in Residence


2020 Artist in Residence: Behnaz Fatemi

The Pegman Project: Let's Make a Mark Together!

Each year, for the past 25 years, the City of Kitchener has welcomed an artist who shared their practice with the community. Indeed the mandate of the residency is a strong commitment to community engagement. 

This year, the City of Kitchener welcomes Behnaz Fatemi. Behnaz is a visual artist who explores various media including painting, drawing, installation and sculpture. She is leading The Pegman Project – named after the small icon on Google maps. With your help, the artist would like to attempt to answer the question of how cultural background, past experiences and social values can shape people’s views towards immigrants and refugees. She hopes to facilitate this through using clay. Working in clay allows the user to enter a more harmonious state which often allows them to deepen their self-knowledge. This is also a chance during our current times, to reflect on what it means to be a community and to experience the healing properties of creating with clay. View the Activities section below to see how you can participate.

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Introducing Behnaz Fatemi

Behnaz Fatemi - originally from Iran - moved to Canada in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran. She has an extensive exhibition history in Iran, and an upcoming exhibition at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts and the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo. She is also scheduled to show her work at the studios of Art Incubate in Waterloo, which are part of Art$Pay – a not for profit local organization that provides in-depth tools for the visual arts sector.
Her interests include the human condition, politics, religion and personal beliefs. She hopes to encourage our community to share stories and reflections of how people’s lifestyles have been affected by the pandemic and the resultant quarantine.

 Hear Behnaz speak about what inspires her. 
 Visit Behnaz's website to see all her artworks.
 Social media
 Visit Behnaz's Instagram account to see what she's up to.


Art kits

As part of her residency, Behnaz invited volunteers of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to make a small clay sculpture - the Pegman. Adults, seniors and children were encouraged to participate by filling out an intake form to receive an art kit in the mail. Thank you to our partners, Artshine Inc. for their assistance in safe packing and distribution. Thank you to all volunteers who participated!

Be sure to visit this page for updates what happens once the Pegmans are fired.

In the meantime, if you missed the opportunity to participate, and have some modelling clay at home, check out the instructional video on how to make a Pegman of your own.

Clay workshop at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
Members of our community are welcome to join Behnaz for a FREE, live workshop on Thursday, October 15, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline Street North in Waterloo.

Participants, age 8 and up, will use hand-building pottery methods to make sculptures and decorate their surface by engraving words or designs. 

Please visit the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery's website to register and for more information.

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery artist talk
Look for Behnaz sharing her work, processes, inspirations and stories through a virtual art talk as part of the Gallery's In the Kiln Room: Digital Artist Talks series.
Make your own Pegman instructional video
If you missed the opportunity to receive an art kit, and have some modelling clay at home, check out the instructional video on how to make a Pegman of your own. 

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