Aspiring artists can find mentor with Brampton’s first Artist In Residence, Sima Naseem


Published September 28, 2023 at 9:07 am

Mixed media and film artist Sima Naseem has been selected as the first-ever Brampton Artist in Residence.

Budding artists in Brampton looking to hone their craft can get guidance from Sima Naseem, the city’s first-ever Artist In Residence.

A mixed-media and film artist working with multiple mediums, Naseem’s work has a focus on animation and public art. The Brampton-based Pakistani-Canadian artist has the honour of being selected as the city’s first Artist In Residence to help showcase and develop the city’s diverse arts scene.

With a dedicated private workspace at the Four Corners Library Branch, Naseem will hold weekly public office hours on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. from September to November offering mentorship to aspiring artists who are interested in developing their skills, and create networking opportunities for fellow artists to explore collaboration in the future.

Naseem will also hold free community-focused public art sessions through workshops for youth aged 10 to 14 years with topics ranging from storytelling, animation, puppetry and more.

By the time the residency wraps,  Naseem and her youth co-creators will host a film screening to showcase their collaborative work with a gallery space set up during the event displaying the artwork used to create the film.

“In the process of creating this film, the youth of Brampton will have the opportunity to be directors, animators and artists in an effort to tell a meaningful story,” Naseem said in a release.

Weekly office hours, workshops and the closing event will all take place at Four Corners Branch Library in downtown Brampton, with library CEO Todd Kyle saying the program will give residents and aspiring artists to engage with Brampton’s arts community and “help the Library inspire connections between citizens and ideas.”

The Brampton Artist in Residency program offers local professional artists, collectives, and arts organizations an $8,000 artist fee and free, dedicated private workspace.

To learn more about the Brampton Artist in Residency program and upcoming workshops visit

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