Arts & Culture

Artist in Residence

The 2023 Newcomer Artist in Residence will be announced in June.

Bringing art into the Library.

Our three seasonal Artists in Residence are paid community engagement residencies that support artists, collectives, and arts organizations working in Indigenous art and placemaking, children's art and illustration, or the Newcomer experience.

Residents work in a designated space at Central Library and engage with the public at libraries across the city.

The Newcomer Artist in Residence program is generously supported by TD Bank Group.

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Meet Sahar Hakimi

Sahar Hakimi is a visual artist who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Azad University and Master of Fine Arts from Alzahra University in Tehran.

Her artworks are inspired by women as well as routine life, and could be described as a memory of a certain moment, where the past and future of that moment can be felt in painting by using woman figure, patterns of rugs, tiles, wallpapers and also ordinary objects.

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The Newcomer Artist in Residence is pleased to consult with emerging and established artists of all ages to discuss technique, inspirations, style, or whatever aspect of the art world would be most helpful.

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Recommended reads from the Newcomer Artist in Residence

What books inspire the artistic practice of Sahar Hakimi? This list contains titles on Iranian history, notable women in art, and visual design history.

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