Artist in Residence


2018 Artist in Residence

The City of Kitchener, welcomes the 2018 Artist in Residence, Sumaira Tazeen, who will engage female newcomers and the broader community in an open dialogue about cultural identity, displacement and belonging in her yearlong project titled, "Healing and Surviving: Sabz Bagh (The grass is greener)".

During her residency, Sumaira will lead a series of creative, textile based art projects encouraging female newcomers to share their stories of re-settlement. The artworks and stories will be incorporated into a collaborative art installation at the end of 2018, to be displayed at city hall.

She will also engage the community at large through art activities, demonstrations and performances at local festivals and events.

Schedule of upcoming events:

 Art workshop

Thursdays, May 17 - June 14, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener

Female newcomers learn new art techniques, try various art materials and work on a collaborative art piece; by registration only.

 Multicultural Festival

Saturday, June 23

Victoria Park, Kitchener

Join Sumaira to make art, watch a performance, learn about her art practice and share your story on the newcomer experience and diversity. Free admission, all are welcome.

Kultrun World Music Festival

Saturday, July 14, 2 - 4 p.m.

Victoria Park, Kitchener

All are welcome to engage in sharing an art making experience with Sumaira and to talk to the artist about the multicultural community. More information on the festival can be found here.

 Feminist Friday

Friday, July 20, 7 - 9 p.m.

Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Join Sumaira for an evening of experimental art making, socializing and storytelling. Free admission, all are welcome. Explore the exhibitions currently on view at the gallery.

 Kidspark *

Sunday, August 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Victoria Park, Kitchener

Draw your favourite family member or friend and learn about South Asian miniature portraits! Write a short story about a newcomer you know, or about your journey to a new place. Fun for the whole family! Free admission, all are welcome. 


* DUE TO PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES Sumaira WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND. However, the Kidspark Festival continues as usual. Look for Sumaira and her family friendly activity at another, upcoming event.

Please check back for updates.

Visit Sumaira at any of the events and share your thoughts on fostering inclusion through this exciting project! 

If you are interested in becoming the next artist in residence, the 2019 CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now open. Please click here for more information and to apply.

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 30, 2018, 5 p.m.

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