BYOL – Bring Your Own Language

In collaboration with Govan Community Project
Glasgow, Scotland – May 2019 – May 2020

BYOL – Bring Your Own Language:
Sounds, oral histories and stories from the blossoming refugee & asylum seeker communities of south-west Glasgow

BYOL, is a community project for asylum seeker and refugee adults, in the south-west of Glasgow, rooted in the principals of peer education, active learning and collaborative design. The project intertwines training in sound, oral history and storytelling practices and technologies, with the practice of collaborative decision-making sessions, in order to engage the target communities in the creative process of designing and developing themselves a multimedia project. This multimedia project, with the working title ‘Peer Project’, could be anything from a website or a mobile application featuring oral histories, to soundmap installations and/or placemaking interventions in the neighbourhood.  The project aspires to proactively engage the participants, encourage them to develop their skills (including social, language, and vocational), establish links with their local communities, and express themselves in creative and meaningful ways, while gaining ownership over a project with the capacity to represent their community and grant them visibility and a public voice.

BYOL is part of the Sharing Lives, Sharing Languages project by the Scottish Refugee Council (2019-2020)