Who is behind Young Blood Initiative? The A-Z series’ continues with the team member edition. 

Get to know the Young Blood Initiative team working behind the scenes.

Sabrina Garnier, Communications officer, gives us an insight on what inspires her.

Sabrina Garnier at The Authentic Fake Exhibition, June 2018 in London at Blasé Art Space -Photo taken by Blasé Art Space


A for… Art History, learning about the development of art, art movements and artists.  Delving back into history, helps me understand the impact art may have had in society. That aspect of art fascinates me the most.

B for… Books. Throughout the years, I have been hoarding books. I often go to charity shops and find a book or two. There’s something about being around books that makes me feel cosy and surrounded.

C for… Contemporary art.  What I like about art today, is that there seems to be more freedom to challenge certain ideals. We live in a digital age, so art is more widespread and accessible than before. 


D for… Day dreaming.  Whether it’s a coping mechanism or a pass-time, I day dream a lot. 


E for… The Environment –  Our environment is important.  I am always learning about new ways to improve my lifestyle & make a sustainable change. I think climate change and environmental issues are often lacking & not a priority in the political agendas. 

Photo of David Attenborough


F for… Friendship

 “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 
“Pooh!” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” 

A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner   


G for…Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 

Mrs. Whitney was amongst the women that played a notable part in the development of public institutions of art in America in the 20th century. That period is an exciting period, when radical progression was happening in the art scene. Women were finally able to get involved in the art world, and art was becoming more accessible to the public.

 Mrs. Whitney said she had: ‘Collected the work of American artists because I believe them worthwhile and because I believed in our national creative talent.’ Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Photo of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and her sculptures.

H for… History

I’ve always been interested in learning about history, especially history of other countries. 


I for…International Mental Health Awareness

Every year and all over the world, the 10 October is World Mental Health Day.

Mental health awareness is something I’m very passionate about, erasing the stigma and ongoing issues and struggles.


J for… Jenny Saville

 All Too Human exhibition at The Tate in London. 

I absolutely loved that exhibition. Saville’s work Reverse (2002-3) was on display and I was completely blown away. 



K for…Kenavo  

 Kenavo literally translates “beyond and to yours there is”  but basically means “Goodbye” in Breton Dialect.  I come Finistere in Brittany, Breton culture and language is something I have grown up with .  “Kenavo” in particular because its always at the end of receipts from supermarkets, cafes etc. in the region as a goodbye & thank you.  


L for… Linda Nochlin’s Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

I highly recommend this book! Art Historian and feminist, Nochlin has changed the discourse of art history and challenged the male gaze in the art world.

M for… Maisie cousins

I don’t remember when I exactly stumbled across Cousins work but I remember first seeing ‘Grass, Poenie, Bum’ series and shortly after I got to see “TJ Boulting booth at Photo Fair in London. Cousins was alongside Juno Capyso’s work, and as I entered the booth, there was a digital image on the floor. The floors were completely mirrored and I remember loving the whole space. In particular that digital image with the mirrored reflection on the floor made it look like it was glistening like water.

 Photo I took at London Photo Fair 2018 of Maisie Cousins Bloom of Roses



N for… Naples

Wandering around the streets during the day or evening.  Naples has so much character, certain streets tell a story of the people living there and the history’s city, as you walk through. Naples is also home to the best pizzas I’ve had and cheap & cheerful too!


O for… Band of Outsiders 1964 film by Jean-Luc Godard

My favourite scene, is when they run across the museum 1min before closing tim




P forPaul Vezelay 

In my opinion a very underrated artist. Ignored by the British art establishment during most of her career, Vezelay was a pioneer of Abstract Art in Britain.



Q for… Quikiness
Quirkiness in life and people, is what makes life so much more interesting.


R for…

 One of my favourite historical painting is the Death of Marat 1793 by Jacques Louis David of the murdered French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat. 

 Painting ‘The Death of Marat’ (1793) by Jacques Louis David  



S for… Susan Sontag

Against Interpretation and other essays by Sontag, completely changed my understanding of art is viewed and the issues with art criticism



T for… Tea

 English tea, Matcha tea, Green tea, Bubble-tea…  Something about a good cup of tea!


U for… Ulysses springs to mind. despite the vagueness of the names of the other characters in ancient Greek Epics.


V for…Voyage

Whether it’s a short lived escapade or a long journey to somewhere new, going on voyage exploring new scenes.


W for… Writing

 For me writing is both an impulse and a way to communicates but is also a making sense of my thoughts and feelings.  


X for… Explore 

I don’t know many words starting with X.  But explore includes the letter ‘x’and like the definition of the word, exploring opens up new ways of seeings and possibilities.


Y for… Young Blood Initiative 

 Being part of the YBI team is something I’m very proud of. I has given me the opportunity to work with unique creatives, who also share the same passion for art.


Z for… Zeitgeist A concept from 18th century German Philosophy meaning ‘the spirit of the times’. Also a term used to describe the Ashcan Artists in the 20th century, who where know for capturing the  zeitgeist of urban scene

 Painting ‘Street Scene, Hester Street’ (1905) by George Luks 


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