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The Team

Mia Gubbay

Mia Gubbay is an independent Heritage Consultant with expertise in community co-curation and co-collecting. Her work often relates to themes of migration, trans-location and the collective re-thinking of place. As the primary consultant and outreach coordinator, Mia has worked on this project from its developmental stages. With the support of the Scottish Refugee Council, Mia formed partnerships with five amazing community groups. As a platform for community self-direction, she developed a creative toolkit which has acted as a starting point for decision-making regarding the co-development of programmes. Mia brought together a team of affiliate artists to support group work and to develop programmes. She manages a small team of ingenious volunteers.

Anila Mirza

Anila is Equalities Manager at Historic Environment Scotland. Anila has supported the project wherever possible through dialogue and action around its legacy.

Zoë Strachan

Zoë is a novelist, journalist and Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She has a background in archaeology and socially engaged creative work with communities.  Zoë has supported Tilal as a consultant as just one part of her work on the creative writing strand of the project. She has worked on projects with community groups and artists (2018-2022) and has edited an anthology of creative writing produced throughout it.  

Paria Goodarzi

Paria is a UNESCO RILA affiliated artist based in Glasgow. Her practice involves collaborative projects focused on community and socially engaged art. She creates platforms to engage communities through workshop facilitation and making. Her work supports mental health and wellbeing agendas across museums and galleries in Scotland.  Paria is co-founder of  the art initiative ‘Distanced Assemblage’. She has developed creative programmes with two groups on this project, in Falkirk and Bearsden. Image: Najma Abukar.

Aref Ghorbani

Aref Ghorbani is a classically trained Iranian born musician based in Glasgow. Ghorbani has worked in the refugee sector for five years and is a music facilitator and board member at Musicians in Exile, an award-winning music project run by the Glasgow Barons, Govan Orchestra in Glasgow. Aref collaborated on this project as an artist affiliate, and also co-developed staff training with Mia and Lynnda.

Lynnda Wardle

Lynnda Wardle is a writer who also works as Programme Manager at Interfaith Glasgow. She collaborated on this project as a creative writing group facilitator. Lynnda has also collaborated with Aref and Mia to develop project staff training informed by her experiences at Interfaith Glasgow and of developing training for other projects and organisations.

Gaby Somarriba Rocha

As a Digital Heritage volunteer Gaby is interested in making arts and heritage accessible and engaging to everyone. She has a background in Art History and recently finished an MSc in Museum Studies.

Aymen Alkhawlani

As a former ESOL teacher in Yemen, Aymen brings his skills in languages and background in education to this project as a volunteer. Aymen has also played a key role in community organising and has helped with the design of promotional materials. Aymen is currently studying computer programming. 

Isiah Tsegay

Isiah has been a valued volunteer on the project exploring many forms of interpretation between Tigrinya and English languages. Isiah would like to build on his experience of care work to become a physio-therapist once he receives confirmation of his resettlement.