Shahid Mirza – Painter/Media Producer

Shahid Mirza
Video documentation: Visual culture of Sufi shrines (2012-to date); Collection of popular posters of fairs and festivals (2013-to date)

Audio recordings: 30 CD set of traditional renderings of epic Punjabi poem Heer Ranjha; 60 CD set of live concert recordings of contemporary classical music of Pakistan

Organized: More than 100 vocal and instrumental classical music concerts with local and visiting musicians from India, Germany, Austria, UK, France & USA


o Drawings/Paintings, The Drawing Room, Lahore, Pakistan 2012
o Drawings/prints, Hunerkada gallery Islamabad, Pakistan 1994
o Wood-cut prints, Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore 1992


o Zahoor-Ul-Akhlaq gallery, NCA, Lahore 2011
o Lahore Chitrkar gallery, Lahore (2001, 2004, 2006) 2009
o Rock Gardens, Chandigarh, India 2007
o The CPI(M) head-office, Delhi, India 2007
o Private showing, drawings/paintings, Lahore 1998


o Stage plays, Lahore Grammar school, Lahore 2011-2012
o ‘Puran Bhagat’, Theatre production by Roshni Village: school for special children, 2010
o ‘Dukhini’, the first joint Pakistan-Bangladesh production, Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Dhaka, Chittagong 2007
o ‘Bala King’, adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’, Goethe Center & Ajoka Theatre, Lahore 1998
o Installation, the Black History Month, New York 1990
o Haitian Dance Festival, New York 1988


o Paradise & Crispin restaurant, Lahore 2004-2005
o Atithi, Kababish & Chatkhara restaurants, New York, USA 1987-1991
o Art director, Wings Communications, Karachi, Pakistan 1985-1986
o Studio Incharge, Hawk Advertising, PAF, Lahore 1984-1985
o Art designer, Khyber Horse Film Company, Pakistan office, UK 1984
o Assistant Art Director, MNJ Advertising, Karachi 1983
o Art Director/Studio Incharge, Omen Communications, 1980-1982


o Visiting Faculty, Lahore School of Economics (LSE). Visual communication, design fundamentals, Drawing & Painting studio, Lahore 2012–2015
o Senior Painting & Drawing instructor, Lahore Chitrkar. Figure drawing from life, still life oil painting, wood-cut/Lino-cut printmaking, Lahore 2001–2011
o Instructor, Hunerkada Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. Design studio & art theory, Islamabad 1992-1993


o Advance techniques in print making, School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York 1990
o Portrait & figure painting, SVA, New York 1989
o NDD, Major: Graphic Design & Advertising, National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore 1981


Art by Shahid Mirza
Features on the
May 2017 poster
of Surrey Muse

This particular painting was chosen
by Art director Mariam Zohra
from the following four paintings





Art Director was captured by #2 because, she says:
obvious choice;
incredible figure/being at centre;
shocking burgundy red in a green frame, the white eyes
A striking image, indeed.
Thank you, Shahid Mirza, for letting us feature it on Surrey Muse poster.

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Carol Sawyer – Surrey Muse


Carol Sawyer is a singer and visual artist working with improvised music, photography, installation, and video. She recently exhibited her video and photographic installation Shadow Puppet at Vancouver’s Republic Gallery.

Originally trained as a singer of classical and operatic repertoire, Sawyer became interested in extended voice techniques and improvised music while completing her MFA at SFU. She has appeared in contemporary opera with Vancouver’s Proximity Lab, deconstructed early Berlin cabaret songs for Music on Main, and recorded with LA based composer and trombonist Michael Vlatkovich.

For Surrey Muse, Carol will be joined by her frequent music collaborator, bassist Clyde Reed, to present a set of semi-improvised musical settings of poems and found texts.

Clyde Reed is a founding member of the renowned Vancouver-based ensemble NOW Orchestra, which celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2015. He is also a core member of numerous highly regarded smaller ensembles including the Bruce Freedman Trio, and the Portland, Oregon-based saxophonist Rich Halley quartet.

Carol and Clyde perform regularly with pianist Lisa Miller and saxophonist Steve Bagnell in the quartet ion Zoo, with whom they have released two CDs.

Listen to excerpts from ion Zoo’s recordings here:

And read reviews of their recent CD Venus Looks Good, here:

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Surrey Muse 6-Month Program – January to June 2015

We are excited to have this amazing lineup for the 7th Session of Surrey Muse.

Surrey Muse Session 7
January 2015 – June 2015

January 23
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Lorna Goodison
Performer Tom Oleman
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Sonja Grgar

February 27
Author Dennis E. Bolen
Poet Phinder Dulai
Performer Carol Sawyer
Open Mic Opener Summer Pervez
Host Mariam Zohra

March 27
Author Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Poet Ibrahim Honjo
Performer Poul Bech
Open Mic Opener Nefertiti
Host Randeep Purewall

April 24
Author Christine Grimard
Poet Alan Girling
Performer Hasham Nasir
Open Mic Opener Rita Wong
Host Helga Parekh

May 22
Author Larry Nicholson
Poet Carol Shillibeer
Performer Tim Mar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Sana Janjua

June 26
Author Juliane Okot Bitel
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Let It Pass (DVD)
Open Mic Opener TBA
Host David Macilwain

All updates to this program will be posted at the Program page below

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Mariam Zohra – Surrey Muse

Mariam is a poet, vocalist, and a multi-disciplinary artist combining music, video, drama, painting and poetry. She shares her songs via Soundcloud, and a collection of her poems, lyrics and drawings is published in These Tales Are True (Purple Poppy Press 2016). Her poems also appeared in Saving Seeds (Ed. Valerie B.-Taylor, NWW 2014). She studied Philosophy and Creative Writing at Douglas College in Vancouver where she now works as a freelance graphic designer, videographer and musician. Mariam published her first collection of poetry Not to Understand (Diva Publications, Toronto 1990) at 14. Later, some of her poems appeared in Toronto’s Feminist Quarterly Fireweed, and in Transitions a textbook anthology produced for Grade 10 students by Peel Board of Education, and she also worked with Theatre In The Rough, a youth drama collective. Mariam is a founding Member of Surrey Muse, and she serves as its Art Director/Graphic Designer. View the event posters created by her:

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At the February 23 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mariam will begin the Open Mic session. More information about the event is here:

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