Bhavna Bhatnagar was born in New Delhi, India. After arriving to Canada in 1989 she volunteered at Ontario’s London Art Gallery and was a part of their corporate department. Taking classes in French paper tole art at Fanshawe college, she then mastered and taught art at a community centre in London, Ontario. Bhavna also built her teaching experience by leading part time French paper tole adult classes at the local community centre. After moving to Toronto in 1994 Bhavna attended George Brown College where she graduated with a professional diploma in ceramics. Her ceramic work was shown on City TV in 1997 during her second year at George Brown. In addition to her artistic endeavours, her passion of event planning led her to co-chairing the Trillium Diwali Gala in 2005and 2008, allowing her artistic experience to create a more aesthetically pleasing event. Additionally, Bhavna was actively involved in both the Lion’s Club and Rainbow Galas.
Her passion in the arts and event planning inspired her to open a family entertainment centre in 2006. By organizing clay workshops/parties Bhavna provided opportunities to both adults and children to pursue their own interests in art. In addition, she coordinated corporate events at her centre for large companies such as WestJet, Home Depot, and multiple others.
Despite her numerous successes, in 2012, Bhavna sold her company in order to continue her passion by joining the Mississauga Potter’s Guild. She took a position on the board of directors at the Guild, serving as an exhibition coordinator. One notable activity she organized was the 2016 Biennial Exhibition at the Living Arts Centre. Through the Mississauga Arts Council she has administered clay workshops for children. She also separately organized clay workshops for Montessori’s and temples.
Bhavna has been participating in several juried shows and exhibitions, winning multiple awards in Art category. Her work was selected at the Art gallery of Mississauga for their border crossing project. In 2020-2021 Presently she has her own studio and also giving workshops at VAM , AGM and other organizations. She has been on the public board advisory at AGM. Hence, Bhavna looks forward to maintaining her involvement in the community to promote the medium of ceramics and her style of work internationally.