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

2017 Events

Happy New Year!

2017 is already gearing up to be an exciting year of art exhibitions, workshops, studio open days, art classes and solo shows.

Studio Open Day and Art Sale 


Nazanin Marashian has recently completed a six month Visual Arts Residency with the Blacktown Arts Centre and  will be having a studio open day next Friday night. A rare opportunity to see works developed as part of her residency and purchase work directly from the artist. Friday 20th January, 6-9pm, 121 Main St, Blacktown. 

Group Show- Turquoise Paradox (5th – 27th April)


We are all preparing new works for the next group show in April called  Turquoise
Paradox at ME Art Space, St Leonards. This exhibition is quite different from the previous ones as we are including traditional Persian handmade jewelry and woodwork (Marquetry). There will be a workshop during the April school holidays and artist talks for this show.

   Opening Saturday 8th April , 4-6pm, Me Art Space, 25 Atchison St, ST Leonards

Micro- Macrame Workshop: Wednesday 12th April, Session 1 (11am -12.30pm), Session 2 (1pm -3pm)   Artist Talk: Saturday 22nd April, 1pm – 3pm

Art Classes- Atefeh Hekmat (Ati Art)


Atefeh Hekmat teaches children and adult painting and drawing classes from her home studio in Western Sydney. She offers flexible hours and competitive rates. The classes are designed to meet the individual needs of each student. See our website for more details or to make a booking: Art Classes