is a visual artist and arts organiser based in Glasgow, where they work across a range of mediums - gathering, collecting, sharing, dispersing in a practice that relates in unexpected ways, led by a sense of synchronicity. They are committed in taking a form of recuperation centred in the radical potential of dreams and the imaginary. They work in collaborative projects that articulates forms of kinship and intimacies based on friendship, empathy, self-care and mutual aid.
Alaya currently runs a programme K.I.D.S - Kreatively Imagining a Decolonial School for children and young people, exploring creative practices and activating other forms of learning outside of the classroom.
Alaya is also invested in how discourses of political and aesthetic practices come together, working with organisations such as Arika, Scottish Queer International Film Festival and Edinburgh Arts Festival. They were also a part of Working on our Power, a three-month leadership development programme training for Trans/Non-binary/Cis Womxn of Colour in UK and Europe that looks at areas of social change, community organising and movement building.
As a committee member of Transmission Gallery from 2018-19, an artist-run, community-focused gallery space in Glasgow, the curatorial direction ‘From isolation to empathy’ focused on alternative collective learning through the lenses of queer theory, black feminist thought and diasporic perspectives.
Alaya studied in the Department of Sculpture and Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art (2013-2016).
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