Some days of the week, our humble abode in Oakville transforms into a dynamic space where other artists and art lovers can interact, share ideas, create new art, inspire and be inspired, or simply socialize with other artists of varying mediums, backgrounds and statures.

Up-comingDining Room | an artist’s table

In our Dining Room on Dec 1, 2019
Artist Tonia Di Risio will lead a handmade pasta workshop followed by an artist talk and pasta lunch.Through the intimate and informal process of preparing, serving and sharing a meal, Tonia works through a critical engagement with ethnicity, home maintenance, food preparation, and interior design. Come for the interesting conversations, enlightening exchanges, organic socializing – and the delicious food.
“I endeavor to examine the ways in which identities are formed in relation to ethnicity. As a first-generation Canadian-Italian, who is neither fluent in the language nor religious, I see my Italian heritage dissolve and diffuse within mainstream North American culture.  In gathering, drawing and collecting images and objects I associate within a specific female cultural identity, I attempt to rediscover customs and artifacts in order to form a history.” Tonia Di Risio
 DetailsDay and Time: Sunday, Dec.1 2019Workshop:  11am -1pm (registration required)Artist talk and Lunch: 1pm - 4pm Address: 1335 Waubanoka Way, Oakville L6M 3V2Kindly RSVP soon as space is limited. or

The Artists / Host

photo credit. GIORDANO CIAMPINI We are two artists and partners in life, who have opened our house to the art and artist communities in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.


Tazeen Qayyum (b.73 ) is a contemporary artist living in Canada since 2003. She received her BFA in Visual Arts from the National College of Arts Lahore, Pakistan in 1996. Her work has received several critical reviews including in The Canadian Art (2018), The New York Times (2009) and The Globe and Mail, Canada (2011&2015). She was nominated for the Jameel Prize(2013) and K.M. Hunter Award (2014), and received the Excellence in Art Award 2015 by the CCAI (Canadian Community Arts Initiative), and has been awarded many grants throughout her career, including  UNESCO bursary (2000) to work and exhibit in Vienna.

Primarily trained as a miniature painter, Tazeen continues to explore new materials and processes through mediums such as drawing, installation, sculpture, video and performance. Repetition, rhythm, balance, and geometry are methodological devices that allows her to create artworks that are visually complex and offer a multi-layered understanding of material and techniques used. Drawing from complex issues of belonging and displacement within a socio-political and religious context, her art is a way for her to navigate identity and beliefs living in the diaspora. Satire and humour are conceptual devices that she uses to critique conventional notions of how art is read or understood with cultural practices. 

Faisal Anwar

Faisal Anwar (b.70) is a contemporary artist working between Canada and Pakistan.  Anwar is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Habitat-LAB, Interactive Arts Program 2004, and did his Bachelors in Graphic Design from the National College of Arts Pakistan 1996.

Anwar has a keen interest in exploring socio-political spaces and patterns in ecologies that intrigues the mind through multi-layered participatory experiences.  His work is often interactive that utilizes public data to question how rights-of-access is blurring lines between private and public spaces to form a new territory.

His latest project CharBagh,2019 presented at the exhibition ‘Garden in the Machine’, at Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver, uses social media to generate a Persian-style Islamic garden known as CharBagh (four gardens). This interactive artwork grows out of Anwar’s workshops with Surrey residents who took photos responding to sustainable food production, climate change, and nature. An earlier iteration of the project was presented on the facade of the Aga Khan Museum Toronto in 2016. Another community engagement project ‘I see my streets’ presented at 1st Karachi Biennale, 2017 and his solo exhibition at Canvas Gallery, ‘Tracing cities 1: Karachi’ , 2018 investigate a relationship between the spatio-temporal dimensions of cities and our neo-tech mindsets and experiences. His other works include ‘En(Light)’, 2017, a large-scale outdoor responsive sculpture, crafted out of laser-cut steel sheets, with dynamically-controlled LED lighting. 

Anwar has been awarded several residencies, project grants as well as research grants throughout his career. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious SSHRC Insight Development grant, for his project +City. In 2007 his project ‘Ino it!’ was selected under the Artist as Innovators category Grant, for research for kids with multiple disabilities by the CFC Media Lab, Banff Centre and  University of Toronto’s Adaptive Technology Lab.

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