Sarindar Dhaliwal

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Sarindar Dhaliwal
Born Sarindar Dhaliwal
Punjab, India
Nationality Canadian
Education Falmouth School of Art, York University

Sarindar Dhaliwal (born 1953) is a Canadian multi-media artist, based in Toronto. She was born in the Punjab, and grew up in Southall, London.[1] She received a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University, Cornwall (1978), then moved to Canada where she still lives. She gained a MA from York University, Toronto in 2003.


Dhaliwal's work is narrative based, exploring issues of cultural identity, and includes installation, printmaking, collage, painting and video projection.Much of Dhaliwal's work deals with memory- specifically childhood memories.[2]


Dhaliwal has exhibited her work at many major Canadian public galleries, including The Edmonton Art Gallery (Alberta) and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Ontario. She is represented in the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art.[3]An exhibition of her work, 'Record Keeping', toured the UK in 2004, showing at John Hansard Gallery (Southampton), Oriel Mostyn Gallery (Wales), Canada House Gallery (London), and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Ontario). Her work is in collections including Canada Council Art Bank and the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre for the Arts.

Dhaliwal's most recent solo shows were in 2013 at 'A Space Gallery', an artist-led space in Toronto;[4] Galerie Deste in Montreal (2010) and the Robert Langen Art Gallery in Waterloo (2012). In 2011 she participated in exhibitions in Stony Plain, Alberta, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Reach, Abbotsford both in British Columbia and at the Vadehra Art Gallery in Delhi, India. Sarindar Dhaliwal was the 2012 recipient of the Canada Council International Residency at Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

In November 2016, Dhaliwal's work was featured as part of the Koffler Art Gallery's exhibit Yonder. The show dealt with work surrounding the Canadian immigrant experience.[5]

List of Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1983 - Images de St. Pierre et Michelon, Le Centre Français, Kingston, Ont.
  • 1984 - Des fruits et des triangles, Le Chambre Blance, Quebec City, Que.
  • 1985 - Recent Works, Kingston Public Library, Kingston, Ont.
  • 1987 - St. Lawrence College Gallery, Kingston, Ont.
  • 1989 - Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, Sudbury, Ont.
  • 1989 - Art Noise, Kingston, Ont.

List of Selected Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • 1985 - Artforms, Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Kitchener, Ont.
  • 1985 - Rodnam Hall Arts Centre, St. Catharines, Ont.
  • 1985 - A Change in the Weather, K.A.A.I. Gallery, Kingston, Ont. (2 person show)


  • 1983 - Aprons (installation), MacDonald Park, Kingston, Ont.
  • 1983 - Ministry of Culture Artist in the Community Award
  • 1982, 1984 - Ontario Arts Council, Artist in the Schools Programme
  • 1983-1986 - Ontario Arts Council, Materials Assistance Grant
  • 1987 - Canada Council, Explorations Grant[6]


Sarindar Dhaliwal was born in 1953, in the Punjab region of India, and moved with her family to London, England at the age of three. At the age fifteen, she was moved again to an area near Carleton Place, Ontario. Finding it challenging to adapt to small town life, she worked to be able to buy a trip back to London, where she stayed for a year. When Dhaliwal returned to Kingston, Ontario, she took courses in weaving and batik, while sharing living space with art students from Queen's University.[7]


From 1974-1978 Sarindar Dhaliwal studied at Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, England where she received her Honours B.F.A.


  1. ^ "Sarindar Dhaliwal rewrites the past at A Space"
  2. ^ "Sarindar Dhaliwal - Canadian Art". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  3. ^ Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. Sarindar Dhaliwal
  4. ^ "the cartographer's mistake: Southall and other places by Sarindar Dhaliwal". A Space Gallery. 2013
  5. ^ "What to do in Toronto this week: September 19 to 25, 2016". Toronto Life. 2016-09-19. Retrieved 2017-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Sarindar Dhaliwal". Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre, Sudbury, Ontario. 1989. 
  7. ^ Identity Transfers: Sarindar Dhaliwal. Art Gallery of Peterborough. 1993. 

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