Artist in Residence


2018 Artist in Residence

During her residency, the 2018 Artist in Residence, Sumaira Tazeen, has engaged 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)".

She led a series of creative, textile based art projects encouraging female newcomers to share their stories of re-settlement. She also engaged the community at large, through art activities, demonstrations, lectures and performances at festivals, events and through partnering with other organizations.

The resulting artworks and stories alongside Sumaira's own works, will be incorporated into a collaborative art installation taking place in December.

All are welcome to attend the opening of the exhibition which will showcase her residency, on Dec. 14, 5 to 8 p.m. at Rotunda Gallery, City Hall. Free admission; the artist will be present to talk about her experience and answer questions.

 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.


Sunday, Aug. 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. 


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The 2019 call for submissions is now closed. If you are interested in becoming the 2020 artist in residence, please visit this site next year, or subscribe to this page below, for more information.


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