And onto something big and exciting...

This giant canvas is for the United Grand Lodge of England's Tercentenary Commission, to commemorate their epic Tercentenary celebrations at The Royal Albert Hall. This canvas had to be constructed on site as it would have been too big to get into the studio!

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Delivering the Church address during Refugee Week

"Close your eyes and imagine being a refugee..."

Speaking to Thomas's Battersea about World Refugee Week.

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"Thank you so very much for your brilliant and inspirational talk in church. You pitched it perfectly, with poignancy and power. There is no doubt that everyone who heard you will have left a little wiser, a little sadder, and a little more aware of the need for them to act themselves in order that we all might make a positive difference. Your work is extraordinary. Thank you for sharing it with us"

- Simon O'Malley, Headmaster at Thomas's Battersea
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"There has been a serendipitous triangulation of events when Arabella Dorman spoke to us all about the work she has done with refugees and the mass migration of people (children and adults) that is such a tragedy in our world today. She also spoke of the significance and poignancy of her installation art work, A Shared Future, which is a theme we have picked up so strongly this year."

- Thomas's Bulletin

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"What a truly wonderful talk you gave to the children today… so perfectly pitched for middle school, and an amazing reminder for the parents too. really incredible. Bravo."


- Alicia, Thomas's parent

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These were the opening words of my talk at the British Embassy Paris. It was a privilege to speak in such historic and elegant surrounds, and to such a great audience.

"Needless to say, I was utterly blown away by your passion & commitment to such important topics & love how you use your art truly for the betterment of humanity. I left feeling inspired & uplifted."

- Jane, Documentary maker

Over £5,000 raised for two amazing charities

I am thrilled to announce that my talk 'The Possibility of Light - An Artist's Journey, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria' at Freemasons' Hall last month raised over £5,000 for two amazing charities Beyond Conflict & Age Unlimited.

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"Thank you for last night's moving and very inspiring talk. I think many of us were emotional about the things you said. You spoke so well about the need for all of us to connect to the stories of those on the other side of the world and put ourselves in their position. As someone who is of Indian-origin, African-born and who was raised in the UK, this resonated deeply. As you said, the plight of these refugees could have been the fate of any one of us."

- Edna Fernandes, Co Founder/ Trustee of Beyond Conflict

Age Unlimited have since let me know that some of the funds raised has gone to support workshops a project they have been running: art workshops for people with dementia and their carers - and they have proved such a success that three London boroughs and one art gallery have now taken over the sponsorship in their own areas. Age Unlimited workshops this summer are in the Saatchi Gallery, the Chelsea Physic Garden and Fulham Palace; they are entirely free and last for two hours. For more information ring Peggy Coles on 07775 784520.

New work

It's that happy time of the year again, and as we gather together and sing our traditional carols, the studio has been abuzz with excitment.

Completed pieces, such as these charcoal portraits, have gone to their respective homes in time for Christmas, whilst work has begun on several new and exciting commissions for 2019!

One of the great privileges of my profession is to meet truly extraordinary people, and to venture into the unknown together as I paint their portraits. In this case, it has been an honour and inspiration to paint Professor Neena Modi for the Royal College. As President, she is one of only three women to have ever held that post.

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Work for this life size canvas started with small sketches in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Since then I have enjoyed several wonderful sittings (with sitters both human and canine!) and the portrait now rests in the hands of my framer, Philip Elletson. We shall miss such a grand presence in the studio, but am thrilled it has been so well received by the family. 


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Tudor Hall School

It was an honour to speak to the girls of Tudor Hall School about my work as a war artist in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lesvos, Palestine and Gaza, and most recently Lebanon and Syria. Showing illustrations of my work, I explored the universal themes of childhood, loss, exile and hope, and the continued search for light in the darkest corners of existence. 

"The evening was inspirational and amazing. Often they are tired by 8 pm, but it was great to see them so in awe of what they had heard." Housemistress

"Your talk was very inspirational and eye opening for everyone; definitely my favourite lecture in my time at Tudor!" Student 

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In Conversation with Levison Wood

Renowned television adventurer and travel writer Levison Wood and I enjoyed a fascinating evening discussing his recent book Arabia which describes his journey through the heart of the Middle East. It is in the bookshops now and would make a great Christmas present for anyone interested in the region.

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