Jamelie Hassan's diverse multi-media works deal directly with questions of colonialism, patriarchy, militarism, censorship, sexuality and cultural identity. Based in London, Ontario, Jamelie's broad program of travel in Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Asia have strongly influenced her work. A visual artist, she is also very active as a lecturer, writer and independent curator. Since the 1970s she has exhibited widely in Canada and internationally. Solo exhibitions of her recent work have occurred at the Castlefield Gallery, in Manchester, U. K.; at Artspeak, in Vancouver; and at La Chambre Blanche, in Quebec City.
Hassan's works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada; the Canada Council Art Bank; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the London Regional Art and Historical Museum, London, Ontario; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax; and the McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario. She has also executed commissioned mural works for the Ottawa Courthouse and Land Registry Office, and the London Regional Cancer Clinic, Victoria Hospital. She has also served on advisory panels and art juries for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, and The Canada Council. Her commitment to culture within the metropolis has involved highly diverse sites, including research on an advisory team in dialogue with communities affected by the transit developments on Spadina Avenue in Toronto. A founder of two community-based, artist-run initiatives in London, Ontario, the Forest City Gallery (1973-1980), and the Embassy Cultural House (1983-90), she has coordinated numerous international programs.