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Creative Access mourn loss of former intern Khadija Saye

The entire Creative Access community is absolutely devastated to hear of the death of our former Creative Access intern, Khadija Saye, in this week’s fire at Grenfell Tower.

Through Creative Access, Khadija secured a role as an intern from July 2015 to March 2016 at art organisation, Peer UK. Since leaving Peer, her career has gone from strength to strength.

Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive of Creative Access, said:

“Khadija was a tremendous talent who had such a bright future ahead of her. The whole Creative Access family is heartbroken to hear the news. Only last week she sent us an update on her progress and was clearly destined for great things. We will be organising a memorial to Khadija over the coming weeks, but in the meantime all our love and thoughts are with Khadija’s friends and family and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.”

Khadija wrote in an email to Creative Access on 1st June 2017:

“Just a quick update on life! I’m part of an exhibition currently on show at the Venice Biennale, and the Contemporary Arts Society did a review on it. The director at PEER, Ingrid Swenson, came to the opening night in Venice and has been extremely supportive in the process of making this new work. This exhibition is part of a 2 year programme organised by the International Curators Forum and UAL. There will be a BBC2 programme on the exhibition airing mid-June and I’ve been featured in the documentary as being the only artist under 30. Last thing, you may already know, but I’ve been asked to speak at the Names Not Numbers conference in September, which thanks to Creative Access I was able to attend last year. I’ll be speaking about my experience of showing work in Venice.”