Samia Sayed (She/Her pronoun) is a Sydney based artist, writer and curator and is currently employed at Twenty10 as the Groups & Projects- Client Engagement Officer. Twenty10 is a housing, counseling and social support service for LGBTQIA+ folks aged between 12 and 25 years. A major part of her job is facilitating social support groups, art workshops, and community development projects.
Samia has exhibited within established institutions such as the Ideas Platform at Art Space, as part of the 2016 Biennale of Sydney; Campbelltown Arts Centre; as well as in various artist-run initiatives and community spaces, such as Firstdraft, Red Rattler, and Stirrup Gallery. Her work with text has been curated into events at Word In Hand, Queer Stories, and Women in The Arts, and has also appeared in publications.
Through her work, she explores that which she has lived through and witnessed to be queer, radical forms of resistance within the domestic, religious and cultural spheres. Drawing upon the influences of her creative practice Samia aims to cultivate community through nuanced forms of social engagement. Samia has been involved in and pioneered many community projects and shaped by her experiences as a Queer Arab Muslim. In the projects she is involved in, particularly the Queer Muslim Gathering, she aims to create a safer environment for folks who come from marginalised backgrounds to connect. Accessibility, discretion, food, consistency and a relaxed chilled out space is critical to these gatherings and attracts between 15-25 people each time with an e-list of up to 100 people.
Samia will be joining the session “Queering Service Provision: are we there yet?” on Wednesday 20 February from 10.45am – 12.15pm.