The Red Project- Anahita’s Dream

1 March – 8 April, 2018 | inTransit Art Space, Nth Sydney

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In celebration of International Women’s Day 74 women artists from across North Sydney council and associated collectives were invited to participate in six exhibitions at North Sydney Council Venues throughout March.

Artist were asked to develop work in response to the colour ‘red’ as a colour associated with the earth, energy, strength, action, determination, passion, desire and love.

Anahita’s Dream was developed in response to this theme featuring 5 artists from IWVAC-Australia whose work deeply reference the elements of our innate nature as women. These artists have developed new work calling on the Ancient Persian Goddess Anahita for inspiration. Anahita is considered as the ‘Persian Aphrodite’ and patron of women. She is goddess of fertility, protector of the waters, of animals, and goddess of war. She represents all aspects of life and death – the mother, the lover, the protector and destroyer. Anahita’s Dream recalls the power, beauty and sovereignty of this ancient goddess through classic and contemporary symbolism.

Exhibiting artists are Nazanin Marashian, Sepideh Farzam, Farina Salehi, Azadeh Yaghoubi and Negin Chahoud.

Turquoise Paradox 

5th – 27th April, 2017 | Me Artspace, St Leonards

Exhibition Opening – 8th April 4-6pm | Micro Macrame Workshop 12th April 11am – 12.30pm / 1pm -3pm| Artist Talks 22nd April 11am – 1pm

Turquoise Paradox  brings together 12 artists working across a divergent practice of object design, jewelry, painting and mixed media and their engagement with the curatorial theme. The colour turquoise has many layers of reference for Iranian culture both past and present. It is a unifying element in the exhibition as is the notion of paradox in relation to their experiences as women within Iran and its diaspora.


As part of the public program for the exhibition we will be running jewelry workshops and artist talks. 

FRAGMENTED – IWVAC-Australia Members Exhibition

14th -28th May, 2016 | Project [504] Art Space,  504 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards

Opening- 14th May 4-6pm |Painting Demonstration- 21st May 10am-1pm | Artists Talks- 28th May 11am – 1pm

FRAGMENTED explores notions of materiality, duality and identity. Art works developed include, paintings, installation and ceramics.  Event Details

Highlights from opening night, 14th May, 2016- Exhibition launched by Mr Oliver Smith, Head of Contemporary Art, SCA University of Sydney.


17th – 20th March, 2016 | StirrUp Gallery, Marrickville

Curated by Nazanin Marashian, founder of IWVAC-Australia the exhibition showcases traditional and contemporary Iranian art, craft, music, dance and food in conjunction with Art Month Sydney Contemporary Art Festival. Event Details


30th September – 5th October, 2015 | 107Projects, Redfern

IN TRANSIT is the launch exhibition of IWVAC-Australia. The exhibition explores the physical space -en route- to a new life in Australia and the promise of freedom as well as the transient state of being as we travel the path of self-knowledge, new awakenings and emerging identities. Each artists has created new works which investigated notions of time, language and personal histories.  Event Details