Design in the Diaspora

Tune in for our rebooted Instagram Live series!

Developed in partnership with We Are Here Scotland and New Architecture Writers, join us to explore the work of contemporary designers and creatives from diasporic communities across Scotland.

Each month we will bring you a new guest, selected by We Are Here Scotland, paired with a host from New Architecture Writers. Together, they will explore creative practice and career journeys – amplifying and celebrating diverse identities, cultures, and heritages across the creative industries.

The conversation will take place on Instagram Live, last approximately 30mins and there will be a live Q&A where you’ll get to pitch questions to the guests and hosts.

To tune in, find us on Instagram!

Meet the Guests and the Hosts:
Tuesday 22 Nov 2022 – Tune in to Shukri Sultan interviewing Tomiwa Folorunso

Shukri Sultan is a freelance writer, researcher, educator and co-founder of the architecture criticism group Afterparti. She researches and writes on the themes of gender, mosques, migrations, cultural identities and the impacts of the built environment on children. She graduated from the BA Interior & Spatial Design at University of Arts London and the MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Tomiwa Folorunso is a Nigerian-Scottish writer, editor and creative producer based between Brussels and Edinburgh. She has a special interest in Black-Scottish histories and contemporary stories in film and literature. Tomiwa is an external programmer for Glasgow Film Festival, and producer for maud (2022), she presented the BBC Radio 4 Documentary, Black and Creative in Scotland and writes a monthly(ish) newsletter, DEAR LEXI. Find out more and follow Tomiwa on Twitter and Instagram

Tuesday 24 Jan 2023 – Tune in to Ewa Effiom interviewing Leo Robinson
Ewa Effiom is a Belgo-Nigerian architect and writer. He was a member of the Architecture Foundation’s New Architecture Writers’ and has been published widely in architectural media. He came second place in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale’s 2021 Curatorial Competition. His film Eagle Mansions was screened at Melbourne Design Week and was awarded the 2022 How To Residency at the CCA. Check out Ewa’s website to find out more.

Leo Robinson is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. His work is concerned with the creation of new rituals, symbolic systems and quasi-religious practices and images. His first solo exhibition, Theories for Cosmic Joy (2019), was shown at Tiwani Contemporary, and recent group exhibitions include: To The Edge of Time (2021) at KU Leuven, Leuven; Antechamber (2021) at Quench, Margate; and tender spots in hard code... (2021), Arbyte, London. Leo is currently preparing for his first institutional solo exhibition, which opens in December 2022. Follow Leo on Instagram and check out his website.

Design in the Diaspora was first developed by Maryam Deeni.


Tuesday 22 November

18.30 - 19.00

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