Hadieh Afshani is an Iranian born, Australian citizen who recently moved to the U.S. Hadieh is an active fine artist who did her undergraduate study in Fine Arts (Painting) in her home town; Tehran and finished her M.A in Queensland College of Arts- Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. In 2009, Hadieh began working as a Fine Arts lecturer and tutor in QCA. Hadieh Afshani has been a finalist and a winner of numerous national and international art awards and competitions inside and outside of Australia. Her latest solo exhibition “Self-Space Universe” takes place in Redland Art Gallery in Queensland on March 8th (International women’s day) till May 7th. Like many other artists, life experiences are the main motivations for Hadieh’s works and so immigration or moving from one space to another space, and its effects on an immigrant woman with an Eastern poetic view to all the experiences in that process. Therefore, the experience of immigration or the “double displacement” as she calls it, for Iranian immigrant women, and the sense of time, memory, hopes for coming future through intimate places, is what interests Hadieh and so her paintings for the past 10 years (since her immigration to Australia).
Shirley Siegal is an Israeli Artist, Archaeologist and Lecturer.Shirley’s work focuses on the life of a woman – her place in society and the family, as mother, daughter, career woman and artist. Her paintings convey everyday life, social status, dress code and the relationship of a woman with her surroundings. As an artist, she uses various mediums including oil on canvas or board, watercolor, acrylic on stone, charcoal, sepia and pencils.
Shirley has received several prominent awards. In 2016, Shirley was selected by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be an official representative in Macedonia, in INTERNATIONAL COLONY OF ART KICEVO. Shirley’s artworks are part of private and public collectionsaround the world, including Israel, UK, Australia and New Zeeland.