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ArtMEETS 24: Lens & Story Cell Phone Photography
Facilitator: Hamed Tabein
Saturday July 27th | 1-4pm
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse | 450 Broadview Avenue
Cost: PWYC, $10-$40 | Register on Eventbrite


Enhance your photography skills by exploring Cell Phone Photography and Narrative!

In an age where everyone carries a powerful camera in their pocket, cellphone photography has become a ubiquitous form of artistic expression. Through this workshop with Hamed Tabein, participants will embark on a journey of discovery, using their smartphones as tools to capture moments, tell stories, and create meaningful artworks. Participants will embark on a photo walk through Riverdale Park, followed by an editing and experimentation period where we will look at filters, cropping, and other editing tools. If time permits, participants will also have an opportunity to share their favorite photos and the stories behind them with the whole group. Let’s capture moments, craft stories, and create art together!


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Hamed Tabein is a remarkable photographer and artist whose work has spanned continents and received recognition and awards from prestigious institutions. His background in architecture likely influences his keen eye for composition and aesthetics in his photographic work. Moreover, his passion for teaching and learning speaks to his commitment to sharing his artistic vision and skills with others.

Hamed Tabein, a luminary at the intersection of architectural finesse and artistic mastery, weaves a captivating narrative spanning fifteen years. His accolades bear witness to his multidimensional talent:

  • Across three continents, he’s orchestrated over 38 exhibitions, adorning galleries as an artist, mentor, and festival orchestrator.
  • His artistry resonates globally, consulting and mentoring in Canada, India, the US, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Germany, Armenia, and Turkey.
  • Germany’s Heidelberg Library lauded him in 2011 for evocative Persian Gulf captures.
  • National Geographic showcased his work, including a poignant piece from his Afghan odyssey.
  • Montreal’s Residency Project illuminated social portraits, touring Canadian cities.
  • Canada’s art realm applauds him with grants and honors, spotlighting his Regent Park narrative and mentorship vision.
  • CAMH, Neilson Park, McGill University, Concordia University, George Brown, NOrth York Art, galleries, and festivals bear witness to his transformative impact, enriching artistic landscapes.


Each ArtMEETS workshop will cost $10-$40 per person to attend (on a sliding scale of Pay What You Can). Payment is to be made online at the time of registration, which will be done via Eventbrite. Payments through Eventbrite can be made with any major credit card, or through PayPal. If you are unable to pay online, we also accept cash or cheque, which is to be paid before the day of your workshop. If you need to pay with cash or cheque, or you would like assistance through the payment process, please contact East End Arts at

If you require financial assistance, please contact the EEA team at Nobody will be denied participation due to lack of funds, but please note that there will be high demand to participate in this program, so if you require financial assistance, please reach out early!

If you are not able to attend an ArtMEETS workshop that you’ve registered for, specifically if you are feeling unwell, please let us know as soon as possible and we will be happy to issue you a refund, or offer you a spot at an upcoming ArtMEETS workshop, if and where possible. You may also feel free to transfer your ticket to a friend! If you’re transferring your spot to another person, be sure to email them your ticket or hand it to them personally, and let East End Arts know in advance.



Participant & staff safety are of utmost importance to East End Arts and will be a priority during the program! Please note the following:

  • If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you please postpone your visit to our Clubhouse, and let us know about your absence as soon as you’re able.
  • Masks are not mandatory inside our Clubhouse, however we continue to operate a mask-friendly space, and we will have disposable masks available for those who would like to wear one.
  • We continue to ask all of our participants and visitors to practice good hand hygiene practices.
  • Enhanced cleaning routines remain in place in our Clubhouse.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on site at all times.
  • We have a fully accessible, gender-neutral bathroom on site.


We encourage everyone to take public transit when and where possible! Here are TTC vehicles that are near our Clubhouse:

  • The closest subway station is Broadview Station. If you walk down from Broadview to our Clubhouse, it’s about a 15 minute walk.
  • The closest buses are the 505 Dundas, which will drop you off at Broadview Ave/Langley Ave, or the 504 King, which will drop you off at Broadview Ave/Langley Ave.
  • The closest streetcar is the 506 College, which will drop you off at Gerrard St. East/Broadview Ave.
  • There are bike rings out front to accommodate your bike if you choose to cycle to the Clubhouse.

Please note that there is no public parking available at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse. Metered parking is available along Broadview Ave, and on the surrounding residential streets. Be sure to read the posted street signs to avoid being ticketed or towed. Also note that there are paid parking lots at Bridgepoint Hospital (down the street from us).


Participants of Hamed’s workshop must bring their own smartphone/cellphone that is capable of taking photos. Also be sure to come with a positive attitude and a readiness to get creative and have fun. You may also want to bring a water bottle (we will have tap water available as an alternative), a face mask if you need one (we will also have some on site if you need a disposable one), and your smart device so you can share images and tag us during your experience (we will reshare!)

Have additional questions? Email us at!

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