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8-25 June    Mon-Fri 11am-4.30pm; Sat 10am-1pm

Yaar (Beloved)

An exhibition of artists of Iranian background includes WA based Fatemeh Boroujeni, Layli Rakhsha, Nastaran Ghadiri, Elham Eshraghian, Neda Bahremand, Kianoosh Kavoosi plus Hoda Afshar, Mehrnoosh Ganji  and Mohsen Meysami (Melbourne).

Relocation and a sense of a home far away is a common theme for these artists/makers of Persian extraction. Each draws upon a rich cultural heritage, alongside the experience of living in Australia. Whether it be politics, longing for a lost past or a tribute to Iranian culture, these artists create works that cross the divide between art/craft/life.

YAAR Artist Talk   11.30am    Saturday 19 June

Join some of the YAAR the artists for an informal floortalk

Neda Bahremand, plaster, acrylic paint, varnish, 27x30x29cm. photo by Lameh Bahremand

Elham Eshraghian Haakansson – Untitled

Star Soul Pendant by Mehrnoosh Ganji

Nastaran Ghadiri – Goftandi, 2018-2021
Velvet, brocade and thread, 45×100 cm

Demeter by Fatemeh Boroujeni

Layli Raksha – Khalegh (creator)

Mohsen Meysami
– Their Pain, Our Gain (2017) Beads, bugle beads, and thread.
Bead-work on found Persian Kilim, 115×136 cm

Hoda Afshar – Westoxicated # 3,
Digital photograph print, 67 (H) x 57cm (L)
On loan from Collection – Murdoch University, Western Australia

Kianoosh Kavoosi -Charles Table















We are delighted to have Asha Ensemble perfor at the launch of the exhibition on Thursday 10 June. Asha Ensemble uses music as a medium to strengthen the connection to one’s heart and build a bridge between people that may be unfamiliar with each other or even in conflict. In Asha, instruments from the East and the West (such as the Saz, Guitar, Tonbak, Violin, Daf, Accordion, Cajon, Cello and Double bass) join together and lend their colours to convey different atmospheres, from rhythmic joyous dances to intimate moments  of stillness, while maintaining an underlying sense of light-heartedness. In addition to Persian you may hear songs in other languages such as Kurdish, Lori, Turkish, Arabic, Yiddish, Hebrew, Indian, and English. “Asha” is an Avestan word with a multi-dimensional meaning including universal order and truth and is at the core of Zarathustrian philosophy. Asha Ensemble was founded by Dr Pourandokht Naseri Hudson in 2020.


Dr Pourandokht Naseri Hudson studied at the School of Physics and the Conservatorium of Music – the University of Sydney (USyd). Hudson’s primary musical interest is using music to build bridges between people which led her to win the USyd’s Frank Albert Prize, to found the Music Talks Peace and the Iranian House of Music NSW. Her activities have featured in the media (e.g. ABC and SBS). She has played the violin in many orchestras (e.g. Iran’s National TV Symphonic Orchestra-جام جم and the East West Philharmonic Orchestra-NSW). Since 2008, she has also been playing Middle Eastern folk and has performed in local music festivals. She was a physics lecturer at USyd and currently teaches the violin and Orff Children Music in Perth.


Mr Reza Mirzaei has studied Persian and Western classical music in Iran and furthered his musical studies in jazz and classical music in Australia at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and University of Western Australia, respectively. Mirzaei has toured and performed with various Iranian and Australian bands in Australia on many occasions (e.g. Fringe World Festival) since 2008. He enjoys painting, and teaching the guitar and setar.