Aseel Tayah

Hello… مرحبا


Aseel Tayah is a Melbourne-based Palestinian artist, creative director and cultural leader who uses her practice to advocate for artists of color, mothers, children and young people, changing the world, one project at a time. Resident in Melbourne since 2016, Aseel works globally, using the power of storytelling to create awareness, facilitate connections and humanise the experiences of people who have been displaced.

As such, her work is embedded in the community and is often highly responsive to current issues. Her signature project, Bukjeh, began as a one-off weekend event in 2018 and has grown into a significant collective of culturally diverse artists from refugee communities presenting public events, school workshops, and corporate programs right across Victoria. Aseel’s work with the Bukjeh company was recently endorsed by the receipt of multi-year funding from Creative Victoria’s Creative Ventures Programme.

Highlights of her work include:

– The Bukjeh performance of refugee songs and stories told inside a specially repurposed The disaster relief tent has been presented dozens of times at Theatres, performing arts centers, and Communities across Victoria

– Preparing x hundred Eid Festival care packages for children locked down in Melbourne’s public housing towers in 2020

– Funding and coordinating Palestine’s first-ever toy libraries

– Sabahiya Youtube channel for Australian, Arabic-speaking children and their parents

– The Singing Feast cultural kitchen events for Melbourne Knowledge Week

– We Deserve to play, a community arts fair held at Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine

In addition, Aseel is a sought-after speaker, musical performer, and consultant to the arts, culture and community sector. Her latest work in development, Ardna, is a collaboration with First Nations artists exploring the experience of land and country common to Indigenous Australians and displaced persons.

Awards I’ve Won

Australian Muslim of the year 2024
Australian Business of the year 2023 finalist
Tedx Melbourne PulggedIn 2020 Best Speaker
Victorian Multiculture Commission Excellence In The Art Award 2020
WAW Creative Art Pioneer Award Winner 2020
Australian Muslim Artist Of The Year Finalist 2020
WINNER The Joan and Betty Rayner Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation Commission

We Own Our Stories

I create unforgettable experiences, everywhere I go

What People Are Saying

“Aseel began to sing and our audience held their breath; it was such a resonant and moving song. She is a vital and passionate artist whose approach to her art, with its message of building bridges between new and established communities, is inspiring and never more important than in Australia today.”

— Ruth Oakley,
Monash Academy of Performing Arts

“Bukjeh’ is a work of extraordinary generosity, offering both a glimpse of the diversity of human experience and an opportunity for understanding. The glimpse is a gift; the opportunity for understanding is a blessing”

— Sean Kavanagh, Kingston Art

“Your beautiful voice filled the tent with love and warmth and made me teary”

”— Mai Sarraj,
Department of Molecular Translational Science,
Monash University

Cooking with Aseel Tayah was absolutely the highlight of my week! If you know Aseel, you know her passion: for community, food, stories and music… and all of these elements are beautifully combined into an action-packed zoom cooking class. I couldn’t believe how much cooking we got done, and it was lovely to see everyone’s smiling faces.  

—Morgan Jane Brady.

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