Mirrors of Iran | 2017 Conference

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IWVAC-Australia are proudly sponsoring this fantastic Iranica conference.

This year the Association of Iranica in Australasia, in partnership with Art Gallery NSW and the Persian International Film Festival, brings you a full day of engagement, discussion and cutting-edge research on Iranian Cinema.

The conference features cross-disciplinary discourse on the impact and presence of Iranian cinema across the globe and includes a special screening of the documentary film entitled:

76 minutes and 15 seconds with Abbas Kiarostami” and Abbas Kiarostami’s latest short film “Take me Home”.   

The conference program features keynote speaker Associate Professor Negar Mottahedeh from Duke University in the United States, she will present alongside a team of Australian experts in Iranian cinema: Dr Amin Palangi, Director of the Persian International Film Festival; Dr Michelle Langford, University of New South Wales; Dr Rosa Holman, Deakin University; Dr Gay Breyley, Monash University and Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd, Art Gallery of NSW film programme producer.

There will also be a live ensemble performance of Persian classical music.

An event not to be missed!

Where: Art Gallery NSW, Centenary Auditorium, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney 2000

When: Sunday 8th October, 10.15am – 4.30pm

Tickets: $50 , Bookings Essential

The Association of Iranica in Australasia Inc. was founded in Sydney in 2004. This association is committed to building public awareness of the rich and diverse contribution of Iranian Culture and Heritage to our collective human experience through forums, conferences, performances and exhibitions.


Sighting Memory – Exhibition

IWVAC-Australia member, International Artist Sepideh Farzam is presenting work as part of a joint exhibition with Rhonda Pryor at the Gaffa Gallery this month. Her works use discarded materials that connect deeply with memory and personal narratives.

“Sighting Memory” opens on 17th August, 6-8pm and continues until 28th August.

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Ink of Light – Exhibition

Our member artist Negin Chahoud is presenting new work as part of a group exhibition, “Ink of Light” alongside 4 other artists whose works highlight concerns with human rights and spiritual freedom. Curated by Monir Rowshan, the exhibition is a commemoration of the 9th anniversary of the ongoing imprisonment of seven innocent Baha’i leaders in Iran.

Exhibition launch 5th August, 2pm at Articulate Project Space, Leichhardt.



IWVAC-Australia Membership Now Open

IWVAC-Australia is founded on the principles of community connectedness, engagement and collaboration. It aims to bring together like minded Iranian artists to engage in online networking opportunities and community support.

IWVAC-Australia members are offered networking opportunities, online exposure through our website and social media platforms and project development. The collective  acts as a springboard for members to launch their ideas in collaboration with other like minded artists in a supportive environment.

Some of the projects we have delivered and participated in over the past 3 years have been: demonstrations, workshops, artist talks, exhibitions, The Other Art Fair, Crows Nest Festival, Art Month Sydney, Iranian Art and Craft festival, and private art classes.

Application for new membership to join IWVAC-Australia is now open. Membership is open to Iranian Visual Artists living in Australia and abroad. Emerging artists encouraged to apply.  Deadline for submission is 14th May, 2017.

We look forward to CONNECT. COLLABORATE. CREATE with you!

Contact us for an application form.

Turquoise Paradox Exhibition Highlights

The Turquoise Paradox Exhibition opened to a packed house at Me Artspace on the 8th April 2017. It was a pleasure to meet so many new people and give Australian audiences a little taste of Iranian art and culture. The exhibition continues until 27th April.

New- applications for membership will launch soon. If you are an Iranian artist interested in joining us please contact us for an application form.


Photos by Arash Hashemi

Arash has worked as both photographer and videographer for major production studios in Canada. Since 2001 he has worked with the community documenting celebrations as well as many corporate events, bridal exhibitions and he has photographed international models, dancers, singers and artists.

For more information about Arash’s portfolio or to book him for your next event see his website.




Norouz Events

March is a special time of year for all Iranians. It marks the last month of the lunar calendar and the time of the Persian New Year. During this time a deep cleanse of the material and spiritual aspects are undertaken as one cycle ends and a new one begins.

The Persian New Year – Norouz- occurs on the spring equinox, which is precisely 9.28pm Sydney time on 20th March 2017.

Norouz literally translates to meaning “New Day” and represents the Iranian new year celebration.  The holiday, which dates back 3,000 years, is rooted in Zoroastrianism – an ancient Iranian religion that influenced later religions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Norooz is considered one of the largest celebrations of the year with Iranians of all religions taking part in the festivities.

At the exact moment of the New Year, known as Tahvil’o Sol, familiesimg_1895 sit around a setting
called “Haft Seen.” Also known as the seven S’s. The traditional table setting includes seven items that all begin with the letter “seen” in the Persian alphabet. These seven things usually are: Seeb (apple), Sabzeh (green grass), Serkeh (vinegar), Samanoo (a meal made out of wheat), Senjed (a special kind of berry), Sekke (coin), and Seer (garlic). Each item has symbolic meaning related to prosperity, fertility and fecundity.

To Celebrate Norouz this year Nazanin Marashian, curator of IWVAC-Australia has facilitated an exhibition of contemporary Iranian artists whose work are all connected through the use of text and calligraphy. IWVAC-Australia are also a major sponsor of the show titled ‘Norooz Mystery World’. The exhibition opens on 15th March at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery. There will be a Norouz Celebration on Sunday 19th March with a calligraphy demonstration and live music. See Poster below for details. IRCARTISTS _ Poster _ ENG.jpg