Announcing the 2015 TELUS Newcomer Artist Award Finalists

With the common goal to support and celebrate newcomer artists in the City of Toronto, TELUS and the Neighbourhood Arts Network are pleased to announce the TELUS Newcomer Artist finalists.


 Dana Prieto

Dana Prieto is a multidisciplinary artist, activist and a popular-educator born in Buenos Aires and based in Toronto. She is completing a BFA degree at OCAD U, with a major in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Indigenous Visual Culture. She is a member of “7 ± 2” collective with whom she will launch “Fugue” at the 2015 Toronto Nuit Blanche. Her current work experiments with video, repurposed materials and light, creating immersive installations that propose collective participatory experiences. Through her practice she explores the female identity and her diverse cultural roots braided with experiences of migration, community remembrance and regeneration.




 Daniele Bartolini 

Daniele is a director, writer, actor, producer and Artistic Director of the Toronto-based DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT). After producing work in Italy, in 2012 Daniele moved to Toronto. His first Canadian production was a sold out run of the urban-immersive performance, Midway Along the Journey Of Our Life at the 2013 Summerworks Festival. Since then, he has continued to produced critically acclaimed work including:  The Last Seven Steps of Bartholomew S, an immersive site-specific piece for the galleries of the Bata Museum; and The Stranger, a large urban-immersive-audience-specific performance at 2015 Summerworks Festival.

Daniele’s work with Toronto theatre companies includes working as co-creator and co-director of Paolozzapedia,  a Bad New Days production as part of Why Not Theatre's Riser project at Theatre Centre.



 Carlos Delgado

Carlos Delgado is a multi-faceted artist who works in diverse styles and mediums and has been nominated for TELUS Newcomer Artist Award and Canadian Hispanic Business Associations’ “top 10 Hispanics” award in 2014. For his 2013 solo show Carlos was awarded a certificate of recognition by Toronto Liberal MP of Multiculturalism for his commitment to promoting the diversity and multiculturalism of Toronto. A highly sought after live painter, Carlos has painted live at various private and corporate events including, Pan Am and CIBC Opening Party Reception. .As a muralist and public artist Carlos has been commissioned to design, beautify and create murals for various communities and businesses in Toronto, Hamilton and Colombia as well public art for Pan Am Path in Toronto. Carlos is also the founder of In Our Shoes Youth and Sneaker Entrepreneurship Program. 



 Ghazal Partou

Ghazal Partou is an Iranian multidisciplinary artist, who moved to Canada in 2013. Ghazal has exhibited Tehran, and has been awarded the Persbook  Contemporary Art Award, and the National Sculpture Biennial Award in Tehran.

Since landing in Toronto Ghazal has been active in more than 10 art projects as an actor, creative director and designer. She has collaborated twice with Tirgan Festival - world’s largest celebration of Iranian arts and culture. In 2014, Ghazal designed an Antiwar Freeze Flash Mob in Dundas Square, with 100 performers to oppose the war and to share her concerns with the audience out of the galleries.

These days, her effort is to make the most out of the multicultural atmosphere of Toronto. To find an international language as an artist and expand the limits to connect with people beyond their race, language, nationality and ethnicity.




 Maha Munaf

Maha is a photographer and architect, who has exhibited her work as part of two group shows and a solo photography exhibition “Forgotten Memories” as part of 2015 Scotiabank Contact Photography. Growing up Maha saw the world differently through her lens, a world with no limitations starting with her city of residence, Abu Dhabi.  She is now looking to do more with her photography, to inspire, grow & get inspired.





 Maryam Hafizirad 

Maryam is a deaf Iranian painter. Maryam is an award winning artist, whose

works has been shown individually and as part of the artistic group “Farda”, meaning “Tomorrow”, in major cities of Iran, China, Germany, Malaysia and India. Following her heart’s desire and performing from a place of strength as a Deaf artist, Maryam is a full-time visual artist today. Her passion for painting is the greatest engine driving her to succeed in a hearing world.