BV340, Bladen Wing, U of T Scarborough
  • March 11, 2023 - 12 – 5 pm

Introductory Workshop on Indian and Persian Miniature Painting with Tazeen Qayyum

In this in-person introductory workshop to miniature painting of Persian and South Asian traditions, artist Tazeen Qayyum outlines the different traditional styles and schools. The workshop includes demonstrations of various techniques, including the making of qalam (brush) and wasli (archival prepared paper). Participants will work through a drawing assignment to reinforce a number of different techniques.

Space limited, registration is required. Materials provided. If you have accommodation needs, please let us know through the registration form or contact


Tazeen Qayyum (She/Her) is a Pakistani-Canadian contemporary artist based in Oakville. Trained as a miniature painter of South Asian and Persian traditions, Qayyum continues to explore new materials and processes through drawing, installation, sculpture, video and performance. Repetition, rhythm, balance, and geometry are methodological devices that allow her to create visually complex artworks and offer viewers a multi-layered understanding of materials and techniques used. Drawing from complex issues of belonging and displacement within a socio-political context, her art is a way for her to navigate identity and beliefs living in the diaspora.

Exhibiting nationally and internationally, Qayyum’s work is included in several private and public collections, some of which include the Welt Museum, Vienna, Austria; TD Canada Trust Permanent Collection, Toronto; Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pengzhou, China; The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa; Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto; National Gallery of Amman, Jordan; and National Art Gallery, Nepal.