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Projects

Critical Heritage; Decolonising Arts Lab, University of Glasgow

My role: Lead Visual and UX Designer

Designing a Critical Heritage Trail through the Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow with Dr. Rosie Spooner (Lecturer, Information Studies) at the Decolonising Arts Lab of the University of Glasgow. 


Access more information here: https://www.guidigo.com/Web/Critical-Heritage-Walk-Kelvingrove-Park/ABJRkaZUwKA/Stop/1/Welcome-to-Kelvingrove-Park

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Scottish Wildlife Trust x Third Sector Lab

My role: Illustrator

Designing the visual branding for  the 'Words of the Wild' campaign of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
More to follow.
Access more information here: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/

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The Hunger Project UK

My role: Designer

Designed illustrations celebrating the lives of Fadijah, Hansa and Hadijah, three women who were supported by Hunger UK to transform their lives and lives of their communities for the better. The campaign is yet to launch.

For more information- https://thp.org/category/stories/

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Create Space Project: Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

My role: Lead Visual Designer

Designed an anti-racist card game for children aged 6-12 years; illustrated 10 anti-racist card game characters, a critical heritage trail with 6 stops around the Glasgow City Centre. Collaborating with 3 writers and leading the visual design of a set of anti-racism educational resources.

More to follow.

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Refugee Festival Scotland

My role: Visual Designer

Commissioned as an artist and designer to create the poster and visual identity of Refugee Festival Scotland 2024. 

More information here: https://www.refugeefestivalscotland.co.uk/2024/03/meet-the-artist-reflecting-the-spirit-of-refugee-festival-scotland-2024/

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It's Material

My role: Brand Designer

Collaborating closely with CEO Dr. Annabel Short, I contributed to shaping the visual identity of her exceptional consultancy venture, It's Material. This venture is dedicated to forging connections between the realms of human rights and business to pave the way for a brighter future.

Through extensive business analysis and a creative process that involved refining 23 logo iterations, we successfully arrived at a logo design and branding that impeccably captures the core of Dr. Short's visionary mission. The detailed account of this transformative journey is outlined in the narrative available here: http://its-material.com/2023/10/27/whats-the-story-behind-the-its-material-logo/

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Sharing COMMONSPACE Exhibition, GoMA 

My role: Artist, Curator, Workshop Facilitator, GoMA Youth Group member

A year long residency as a GoMA Youth Group member culminated in a series of artistic workshops based on a youth consultation. I facilitated the 'Cracks of Resilience; creativity in the face of systemic racism' workshop and the After Hours youth consultation, co-curated the Sharing COMMONspace exhibition with fellow members, and created a wall mural in the gallery space. 

You can read more about it here: https://galleryofmodernart.blog/gyg-presents-sharing-commonspace/
 

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Diwali Heritage Project - Inspirate x Arts Council England

My role: Lead Researcher

Our Diwali Heritage project will document the little known behind-the-scenes development of Diwali Lights Switch On, capturing how this event grew from a small festival based in people’s homes to the largest Diwali festival outside India through archival and participatory research methodologies that will create 6 creative outputs- a film, magazine, heritage road show, mural and cultural programme in the October of 2024.


Access more information here: https://www.inspirate.org/

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Community of Practice - Ten Years' Time

My role: Brand Designer

Designed the branding for the Community of Practice programme of Ten Years' Time. Ten Years’ Time is a philanthropy consultancy that helps ambitious donors and foundations to repair harmful systems and rebalance power by resourcing racial and economic justice with care and confidence. 

More information: https://tenyearstime.com/what-we-do/ten-years-time-community-of-practice/

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Make Tiny Changes Month

My role: Artist

Created 2 artworks for the Make Tiny Changes Month, a month long fundraising programme for improving mental health of young people of Scotland. Tiny Changes is Scotland's first national mental health charity for young people. 

For more information: https://tinychanges.com/

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Kahaniyan; South Asian Stories Trail
National Museum of Scotland

My role: Illustrator

Illustrated 10 objects for the South Asian Stories Trail working with the National Museum of Scotland and Networking Key Services. 

Access the trail here:  https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/things-to-see-and-do/museum-tours-and-trails/south-asian-stories-trail/

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Youth-Led Creativity Fund - Esmee Fairbairn

My role: Illustrator

Designed the visual identity and created 100+ illustrations,icons and assets for Esmee Fairbairn Youth-led Creativity Fund working with the young consultants and Communications Officer.


Access more information here: https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/latest-news/youth-led-creativity-funding/

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Black History Month

My role: Visual Designer

Commissioned as a visual artist to design the poster and visual idenity of Black History Month in Scotland 2023.
Access more information here: https://www.blackhistorymonthscotland.org/whats-on

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Inheritance Photography Exhibition, Dristi Photography Team, OSCH

My role: Photography residency participnat; Creative photographer; workshop facilitator

Since February 2023, seven Glasgow-based young people of South Asian Heritage and six young people in Bangalore, explored the nature of shared histories, memories and identities between India and the UK. In collaboration with Glasgow Museums and Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow, and Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) and Kanike studio in Bangalore, we undertook a series of photography training activities, from online talks to in-person workshops, culminating in a simultaneous exhibition of their works in Glasgow (Streetlevel Photoworks & Gallery of Modern Art) and Bangalore (Museum of Art & photography and Kanike Studios).

My photostory 'Diaspora Laal' explored the shared intergenerational threads of culture between India, Bangladesh, and Scotland through the language of hands.

 

For more information, visit: https://www.streetlevelphotoworks.org/event/inheritance

 

https://galleryofmodernart.blog/our-shared-cultural-heritage-open-call-photography-skills-for-young-people/

https://oursharedculturalheritage.org/explore/inheritance-exhibition-shared-histories/

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Decolonise CIC

My role: Designer

Designed the poster and visual identity for the Decolonise Fest, an annual London-based non-profit DIY punk festival collectively organised by and for punx of colour.

Know more: https://decolonisefest.co.uk/

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Make Tiny Changes Month

My role: Illustrator

Commissioned as an artist to design a Tshirt for the Make Tiny Changes Month aimed at raising funds to support projects that help young minds feel better. Tiny Changes is Scotland’s first national youth mental health charity. To see my design: https://tinychanges.com/product/tiny-changes-lungs-charity-t-shirt/

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The Lascar Research Project

My role: Lead Designer & Researcher

This community-led collections research was in partnership with National Museums Scotland, Royal Museums Greenwich, and Glasgow Life Museums Our Shared Cultural Heritage project, funded by the UK Research and Innovation Council (UKRI) through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with the aim to explore the untold stories of South Asian sailors (otherwise known as Lascars) working in the UK during the British Empire. My role involved researching academic and archival material, simplifying information for public presentations, editing a collaborative magazine, and illustrating a stationary collection as a creative research output. For more information, go to:

https://oursharedculturalheritage.org/explore/the-lascar-research-project

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OSCH Changemakers Project

My role: Digital Designer and Researcher; Decolonising  Glasgow Museum Spaces

The Changemakers strand of OSCH explores advocacy for South Asian young people and critiques museum practice in Glasgow Museums. This is a year-long project hosted in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in association with the British Council.

I penned down my thoughts and illustrated some visuals in response to my experience as a Changemaker so far. You can check it out at: https://oursharedculturalheritage.org/explore/decolonizing-legacies-baby-steps

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Work at The Quint, India

Multimedia Journalism Intern

Some stories I led as a multimedia journalism intern and later as a citizen reporter for The Quint, India. Find more at: https://www.thequint.com/author/549693/malini-chakrabarty

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No Permission Needed Zine x Creative Scotland

My role: Illustrator

Contributed as an artist to the No Permission needed zine. NPN are a print and online zine (magazine) for Black and People of Colour (BPoC) in Scotland. NPN aims to platform BPoC culture, creativity, and experiences, by providing space outside of the dominant arts/media landscape.

NPN was born in 2021 as part of a project with the anti-racist charity Intercultural Youth Scotland (IYS).  NPN’s ultimate vision is to foster meaningful community and networks of support. By strengthening our community through mutual support, we believe it can create inter-community change which then better equips us to create wider change for BPoC in Scotland.
 

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The Partition Project

My role: UX Designer and Visual Designer

In partnership with the British Council and Glasgow Museums under their OSCH initiative, this project is working towards engaging young people in India and the UK to create an immersive and interactive online experience aiming to capture the mass migration and personal stories of the Partition of India in a unique way. It will be a website with a choice-based (game-like) experience, using representative characters with stories of migration. Once the exhibition is created, it will be shared and used as an education tool by schools and teachers in 4 countries – the UK, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

You can view the experience here: https://undivided-identities.web.app/

For more information, go to:

https://rereeti.org/retihaas/un%C2%B7divided-identities-unknown-stories-of-the-partition/

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Scottish South Asian Stories

My role: Illustrator & Animator

This was a youth-led program that explores the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia in partnership with the British Council, Manchester Museum, Glasgow Life, and UK Youth, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust program. For the South Asian Heritage Month 2021, I illustrated and animated some short films. You can check them out at :  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnvAY5-cyQYyJYN-ZMigMGE9cbUghSjD7

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Work at Cobrapost, India

Full-time Investigative Journalist

Cobrapost Special Report: National Dairy Development Board brews a scam of more than Rs. 475 crore/ $60 million.
 

For more information, visit: https://cobrapost.com/blog/national-dairy-development-board-brews-scam/1535

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