Lesser-known glories by Youth Poet Laureate Qurat Dar and Sima Naseem is one of over 35 public artworks displayed across the City of Mississauga.
Sima Naseem, 2022
Digital illustration, printed on vinyl banners and temporary mural
Paramount Fine Foods Centre and Mississauga Celebration Square
Athletes from across the province shared their experiences of competitive sport during the countdown to the 2022 Ontario Summer Games, inspiring Youth Poet Laureate Qurat Dar and visual artist Sima Naseem to capture their stories through their respective art forms.
Sima’s artwork illustrates the joy of competitive sport and the importance of self-love and support systems. Family, friends, teammates and coaches contribute to an athlete’s success. Excelling in athletics is hard work but brings joy through one’s passion for sport and the universal bond between athletic communities.
Listen to Qurat Dar’s poem:
Sima Naseem is a Pakistani Canadian artist who works with multiple mediums with a focus on animation and painting. She enjoys making playful creations that come alive and make the viewer feel engaged and foster emotions of pure childhood happiness. She wants to combine her love for all art mediums into various mixed-media installations, and film projects.
Qurat Dar is the youth poet laureate for the City of Mississauga. They are a spoken word artist, organizer, multi-genre writer, and the 2020 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) National Champion. Qurat was also a 2019 recipient of the Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award and a 2018 Best of the Net finalist.
The artwork and poem were commissioned in partnership with Games Ontario, in celebration of the 2022 Ontario Summer Games.
Every year, the City’s Public Art and Poet Laureate programs collaborate on a temporary public art project. Learn more about the Poet Laureate program.
Photography at Paramount Fine Food Centre by Tori Lambermont.