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.

Typically, the artist would hold workshops in the community; however, as this is not possible, art kits will be delivered to interested volunteers. See the information below (titled 'Volunteer to receive an art kit') to learn more and to register to receive an art kit. Deadline to register: June 29, 2020. Open to residents of Kitchener only.

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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.

Volunteer to receive an art kit

Behnaz is looking for volunteers of all ages and cultural backgrounds, to make small clay sculptures. Adults, seniors and children are encouraged to participate! Written instructions will be included along with a video link, so don’t worry, you do not need to have experience working with clay or even art. Experience a fun and relaxing activity with your family while contributing to a larger community project.

Once you fill out the intake form, an art kit will be mailed directly to your house (limit of 1 art kit per household) at no charge. All the materials will be provided. You will have a certain amount of time to create the sculpture. The finished sculptures will then be either picked up by the artist at your home address (contactless curbside pick-up) or you will be able to drop off (contactless drop off) the sculpture at 44 Gaukel, Kitchener.

Fill out this intake form to receive a free art kit. Deadline to register: June 29, 2020.

Thank you to our partners on this project, Artshine Inc. for their assistance in safe packing and distribution.


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