Thursday, 15 March 2018

Introducing Sayra Begum

135 artists are taking part in "Inside Job" which takes place on the 7th and 8th of April on Level 6 of Tate Modern. Over the next few weeks The Rebel Magazine will be chatting to some of the Tate staff who are showing their artwork. Today we're saying Hello to Sayra Begum
Q) Where did you grow up and what kind of education did you receive? "I grew up in Dorset in a very small town called Blandford. My daily life was contained within the town until I finished compulsory education and enrolled on an Art and Design Foundation at Ferndown. I had to undertake a gruelling bus journey to reach the foundation studio but it was worth the change in scenery. I moved to Plymouth in 2011 to study Illustration at PCA. After three years in Plymouth I moved straight to Falmouth to study my second degree; a Masters in Authorial Illustration at Falmouth University."
Q) How long have you been working at the Tate and what's the best show you've seen there? "I joined the Tate St Ives team soon after its reopening in April 2017. I love the current exhibit at St Ives Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by her Writings."
Q) What can you tell me about the work you're exhibiting in the Tate Modern show? "I'm exhibiting a few chapters from my graphic novel, Mongrel. It's a project I started on my Masters and it's been at the centre of my focus since. Mongrel is due to be published by Knockabout Comics."
Q) How can people find out more about your work - do you have a website or do Instagram? https://www.instagram.com/sayra_begum_illustration/ and https://www.facebook.com/SayraBey/ and www.sayra.co.uk
Q) Is there anything you have to declare / do you have a favourite quote, thought or joke you'd care to share? "I adore Bob Ross. “We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
"Inside Job": An exhibition of art by Tate Staff will take place on Level 6 of the Blavatnik Building of Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

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