Introducing UAL student and CWDT co-founder, Saadia Mebchour

"Be prepared to only have white male lecturers who routinely turn a blind eye to lack of diversity and classist issues within art."

- Saadia Mebchour

Introducing Saadia Mebchour, a final-year graphic design student at Camberwell School of Arts. We spoke to her about her work...​

How would you describe your journey as an artist up until now? My journey as an artist has been pretty traditional, following the standard journey through college and foundation. I'm now in my first year of university studying graphic design. Whether or not I'd recommend that route is another issue; be prepared to only have white male lecturers who routinely turn a blind eye to lack of diversity and classist issues within art - It's super fun.​​

Your work will be apart of the upcoming event ‘CAN’T WIN. DON’T TRY. Does your creative process change when making work for an exhibition? With CAN'T WIN, DON'T TRY, making work is secondary to the production of the exhibitions. I get a lot of my ideas for the exhibitions from the people involved, a lot of it will snowball from smaller concepts developed within the meetings and making work that doubles as something more than just a single standing piece. At the moment I'm particularly interested in working with light so the pieces themselves double as light fixtures or something more interactive than a simple illustration.So really, my own creative process is very dependant on the artists around me who curate the exhibitions, we're a group of five with an extended family team who help keep it all slick, and without that the exhibitions wouldn't run nearly as smoothly as they do.​

What are the biggest influences in your work?

Studying at school. It was definitely more traditional painters like Goya who embody a lot of old Spanish traditions within their work. In terms of my illustrations, I get a lot of inspiration from old playboys and pin-up girls.​

What are your aspirations as a human/artist? To keep CAN'T WIN, DON'T TRY growing at the rate it is, and to continue making it an event accessible to young people who are tired of the traditional exhibition setting, because really who isn't tired of silent white rooms with a reproduction of the same oil painting in them.

You can enjoy more of Saadia's work on her Instagram: