Education

2016-2010 PhD Candidate (Unfinished): Art Education Title: ‘The pedagogy of the Unpredictable’. The University of Melbourne (Awarded William and Kate Herschel full PhD scholarship based on research merit)
2001-02 Master of Fine Arts by research. Title: 'Multiple Levels in Persian Art and philosophy' Victorian College of the Arts (Pratt and Bessen Scholarships)
2004 Graduate Diploma of Education (Visual Arts) The University of Melbourne
1991-1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts. The University of Art, Tehran
 
 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Colville Gallery. Hobart. Tasmania. Australia
2015 Fashion parade. Featured sculptural hat creations. Como House, Toorak. Melbourne.
2014 Unveiled. Survey of work (1994 - 2014) Moonee Art Space. MP. Australia
Installation. Above within! Abbotsford Convent. Melbourne. Australia
2013 Installation. Abbotsford Convent. Melbourne. Australia
2012 Installation. Conference of the birds, State Library of Victoria. Australia
Outdoor installation. Conference of the birds. Abbotsford Convent
Installation. Drunken Pilgrims. Philip Island Winery. Vic. Australia
2011 Blank is not blank. Iranian Artist Forum. Tehran
Blank is not Blank. Elahe Gallery. Tehran
2009 Incinerator Art Gallery. Moonee Ponds
2008 Legge Gallery (Now joined to Watters Gallery) Sydney, Australia
2007 Permit Zone. (Retrospective 1997-2007) Counihan Gallery in Brunswick. Vic. Australia
2006 Sculptural Installation. 'Let the beauty we love be what we do' (March-June) Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic, Australia
2005 Painting and Installation. Cultural and Film Centre, Babol, Iran
2003 Sculptural Installation, ACMI (Cinema 2) (an installation for Advance Australia, When? Conference.) Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2002 Paintings and Sculptural Installation. (Master of Fine Art Graduation exhibition) Span Galleries (Now called: Arc One), Melbourne, Australia
2001 Paintings. Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Victoria, Australia
1999 Paintings. Aliance Francaise d’Islamabad, (French Cultural House)
Paintings. Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
1998-97 (Three solo exhibitions) Paintings. Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
1996 Paintings. Haft-Samar Gallery, Tehran, Iran
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Finalist. LLOYD REES ART PRIZE. Colville Gallery. Hobart. Tasmania. Australia
2016 Finalist. Bayside Acqusitive Art Prize. Brighton. Vic. Australia
2015 Contemporary Artists with refugee background. (Edwin Fabian, Elyas Alavi and Fatemeh Vafaeinejad.) Moonee Art Space.
2009 Touring Blake prize exhibition, Australia
2008 Finalist: Blake Prize. National Art School. Sydney. Australia
Immersion Therapy Art space. Melbourne, Australia
aRtECYCLE, Incinerator. Moonee Valley, Vic, Australia
2007 Iranian Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Ali Museum, Tehran, Iran
2006 Moreland Sculpture Show, Through Conihan Gallery in Brunswick. Moreland, Vic, Australia
Bid for Freedom, Glen Era Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Women’s Salon Exhibition’ Counihan Gallery, Victoria
2005 ‘Under One Roof’, Span Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
aRtECYCLE, Incinerator. Moonee Valley, Vic, Australia
Bid for Freedom, Glen Era Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia
2004 Finalist. Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria, Australia
Bid for Freedom, Glen Era Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Women’s Salon Exhibition’ Counihan Gallery, Victoria
2003 Finalist. Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria, Australia
Bid for Freedom, Glen Era Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne international Flower & Garden Show (installation) Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
MFA Postgraduate Exhibition, VCA Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Women’s Salon Exhibition’ Counihan Gallery, Victoria
2002 Finalist. Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria, Australia
Melbourne Art Fair, (Presented by East and West Gallery) Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Australia
ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award, (Postgraduate students. Victorian College of the Arts) ANZ Bank, Melbourne, Australia
Women’s Salon Exhibition’ Counihan Gallery, Victoria
2001 Finalist. Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria, Australia
Nino Sanciolo Art Prize, Melbourne, Australia
‘Know Your Place’ Painting, Installation and Drawing. Platform Gallery, Span Galleries and Gabriel Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Women’s Salon Exhibition’ Counihan Gallery, Victoria
2000 Finalist. Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria, Australia
1996 The contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, Iran
1994 International Tourism Photography, Tehran, Iran
 

Teaching and Administrative Experience

2016 Alice Miller School. Macedon Victoria. Casual Relief Teaching. Visual Arts
2013-16 Moonee Art Space. Initiator and director. Art Educator. Administrator
Delivered a range of weekly art classes for younger school age children (5-12 Years) and private adult / group classes. Delivered themed classes in art, music and dance in collaboration with other artists.
2010-15 St Columba’s College, Essendon.
Ongoing CRT from 2-3 days most weeks, including standing in for the Head of Art, couple of weeks a year for three years, and Head of Fashion for one month. Teaching in sculpture, painting, ceramics and fashion.
2007-09 Footscray City College, Footscray.

Ongoing CRT from 2-3 days most weeks.
Classes taught: sculpture, painting, ceramics, fashion and photography.
Also, replaced Head of Library for one semester, Head of Fashion for one term, and took many other classes in various subjects as directed.
1994-current Own studio and private teaching.
2004-09 Boheme Studio Art Classes – Richmond. Teaching Art to children and adults (voted best parent / child entertainment in City Style – Herald Sun 2004)
2006-07 (6 months). Parkville Youth Residential Centre. Ceramic Arts teacher
2002-04 Maribyrnong Immigrant Detention Centre. Voluntary Art /Craft teacher for Asylum Seekers
2002-03 Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Bilingual Educator (casual)
 

Selected Community Engagement Program

2013-16 Moonee Art Space initiator and director. Art Educator and Administrator
Delivered a range of weekly art classes for younger school age children (5-12 Years) and private adult / group classes. Delivered themed classes in art, music and dance in collaboration with other artists. I traveled to places to meet artists at their studios. Created group programs to engage communities in our culturally diverse Australia.
2006-10 Close involvement with Art Education Victoria in meetings and presenting papers, voluntary in their annual conferences.
2003 Symposium ‘Testimony and The Art of Protest’, Fringe Festival. BMW edge. Federation Square. Melbourne (Involved for the preparation, planning and delivering the program. Also a speaker in the panel.)
Created three major events at Victorian College of the Arts Federation Hall. For general public and students. Invited Abaas Kiarustami Master film maker who was the main guest of Melbourne International Film Festival, Micheal Leunig and Philosopher Dr. Elahi Ghomsheei.
Established ‘Contemporary Middle Eastern Art’ project at Victoria Collage of the Art’s Centre for Ideas. The project highly attracted students and communities from diverse cultural background.
2002 University of Melbourne Flagship conference: International Perspective on Peace and Reconciliation. (Involved in developing the cultural program for the conference. I was also commissioned to develop the conference logo and other associated artwork for the website and conference publicity materials.)
 

Publications and Public and conference Presentations

2019 ‘Rediscovering the explicit through the unpredictable.’ Article, The journal of Art Education Victoria, Volume 11 No 1, Australia
2008 Presentation: ‘Appreciation of unpredictable as a pedagogical resource’. Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) conference. (Awarded Manuscript Preparation Support and possible Publication Grant.)
Presentation and in the process of publication: ‘Challenging the explicit through the unpredictable.’ Art Education Victoria’ annual conference.
Published Review: Plane Tree / The bi-annual Graduate school Magazine. The University of Melbourne ‘Kungun Ngarrindjeri Miminar Yunnan (Listen to Ngarrindjeri Women Speaking)’ Edited by Dian BelFor the Ngarrindjeri Nation
2006 presented and published: ‘The blank canvas is ‘not’ blank.’ Art Education Australia and Art Education Victoria’s annual conference, and published at: ARTicle, The journal of Art Education Victoria, Volume 9 No 1. Australia. 2007
Presentation: ‘The importance of existent elements in teaching and creating art.’ Centre for Adult Education. Melbourne
2004 Presentation: ‘Female Identity in the work of Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’, International Art Festival, ACCA
2003 Presentation: ‘Multiple Levels in Persian Literature’, Melbourne International writer’s Festival.
Symposium ‘Testimony and The Art of Protest’, Fringe Festival. BMW edge. Federation Square. Melbourne
 

Selected Awards/ Residency/ Scholarships

2006-10 William and Kate Herschel full PhD Award
2009 A year Artist in residency. Incinerator. Moonee Ponds
2007 Major Cultural Grand, Moreland City Council, Melbourne
2006 Artist in residency. St Colomba’s Catholic College, Essendon, Vic, Australia
2005 aRtECYCLE, Incinerator, Moonee Valley, Vic, Australia
2004 The Smorgon Contemporary Art First Prize, 2D work, Vic, Australia
2003 Advance Australia, when. ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2002 The Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art First Prize (sculpture), Vic, Australia
Bessen Scholarship, for Master of Art, VCA Melbourne.
2001 “Know Your Place” Group project. Platform Gallery, Span Galleries and Gabriel Gallery, Victoria, Australia
Pratt Scholarship, for Master of Art, VCA Melbourne.
2000 The Smorgon Steel Contemporary Art Open Prize (painting), Vic, Australia
1996 The National Students Art Award, The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran
1994 International Tourist Photography Awards, Tehran, Iran
 

Selected Reviews

Dewi Cooke. ‘Iranian Painter and sculptor takes flight as milliner’
(The Age: 24th October 2015. Page 39 – the art section) Sydney Morning Herald 23/10/2015 http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/iranian-painter-and-sculptor-fatemeh-vafaeinejad-takes-flight-as-milliner-20151022-gkgiuz.html·
Catherine Lambert. ‘Artist wings it with style.’ Herald Sun. 18th Sep 2015.
Melissa Cunningham. Weekly Review Moonee Valley 'Artists gain a nest where inspiration can take wing.' http://www.theweeklyreview.com.au/uncategorized/1794513-artists-gain-a-nest-where-inspiration-can-take-wing/
Nella Themelios. “Permit Zone”Fatemeh Vafaeinejad Retrospective 1997-2007 AYLINE Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 65 (Summer 2007-08) Page 62
Deborah Campbell. ‘Unveiled’, Modern Painters Magazine, UK, page 56, Oct 2005
EDUCATOR, Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne, Winter 2007
Andrew Miller ‘The Art of Chaos’ Moonee Valley Leader, October 30, 2006
ABC Radio. Art Review, May 15th 2004 Darwin, NT, Australia
The AGE. International Melbourne Writers’ Festival, 2003
Robert Nelson. The Age, Art Review, May 9th, 2001, Melbourne, Australia
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria News letter. May-June 2000, Australia
Asma A. Ahmad. ‘Emptying the Soul’ The Herald, March 1999, Karachi, Pakistan
M. H. ‘Under A Dark Blue Sky’, Dawn (the review) February 1999, Pakistan
Mohamad Yasin. ‘Iranian woman artists’ work…’ Dawn, December 1998, Pakistan
Uzma. T. Haroon. ‘Romancing With The Paint Brush’ The Nation, January 1998, Pakistan
Arshad Sharif. ‘The Anguish of Loneliness’, Pulse Weekly, January, Pakistan