Armed Forces Art Society Exhibition at Menier Gallery

It was wonderful to exhibit with the Armed Forces Society at the Menier Gallery. With special thanks to Tim King and everyone else involved. 

National Archdeacons' Conference

Arabella was honoured to be invited to speak at the National Archdeacons' Conference on the theme of Open to God in a Turbulent World

In her talk, The Pity of War - Finding God in an Intolerable World, Arabella explored the immediate impacts and long term repercussions of war, its poignancy and pathos and discussed how her work is an attempt to find light in the darkest corners of existence. 

If you would like a full transcript of the talk please email

Lecture at St Mary's Calne

Arabella gave an inspirational lecture on Art and War to students at her previous school, St Mary's Calne.

Liberty Belle unveiling

A great joy to have my portrait of the beautiful Liberty Belle unveiled by Sir Derek Jacobi (a fellow lover of Irish Terriers!) and the amazing Lucy Jackson at The Kennel Club.

A moving reading by Sir Derek, which you can listen to here

The King's Royal Hussars unveiling

Arabella's tercentenary painting for the King's Royal Hussars was very well received at the official unveiling by HRH The Princess Royal at The Cavalry and Guards Club this week. Commemorating 300 years of regimental history 1715 - 2015, this 5 x 7ft painting was one of Arabella's most exciting challenges this year.

Embers: Private View and Opening Night

Arabella's exhibition, Embers, opened at All Hallows in Twickenham last night.

This exhibition is as much about the hope that can rise from the embers, as it is about the poignancy and pathos of war. It is about sacrifice and remembrance, exile and despair, but it is also about tenacity and faith.

As we enter our time of remembrance – in a world so full of conflict – Arabella hopes that her work will speak to you about the urgent need for empathy, understanding & respect for our fellow human beings, as we honour the fallen, & remember all who live under the shadow of war today.  


Falling is Arabella's latest installation artwork, which forms part of her exhibition, Embers, at All Hallows, Twickenham. 

Here is the boat being installed earlier this week.

Cornwall's Regimental Museum Talk

Arabella was the guest speaker at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum last week. 

The museum is recognised as probably the finest Military Museum in the South West of England. It is housed in “The Keep” at Bodmin, a magnificent Grade II listed Victorian building constructed in 1857. The collection and displays cover 300 years of history, telling the story of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, volunteer militia and the The Light Infantry.

The Sloane Club Christmas Event

Arabella Dorman and Empty Wardrobe Events cordially invite you to The Sloane Club Christmas Fair

Sophisticated finds from a carefully curated range of sellers. 

Come fill your cupboards and present drawers with gorgeous items. Original artwork and drawings, beautiful clothes, sophisticated jewels, designer shirts, traditional toys and clothes for little people. Delicious goodies for your pantry. Elegant homewares. 

Arabella will be exhibiting her work, signing books and selling limited edition prints. She will be there on both days and would be delighted to see you.

Richard III

Arabella was honoured to design the poster for the Combat Veteran Players production of Richard III.

Women and War Festival - 4-31 July at The So and So Arts Club

Arabella is delighted to be exhibiting at the Women and War Festival - a month long multi-discipline festival documenting,exploring and giving voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before during and after war.

Interactive Art & Street Party

Arabella hosted an Interactive Art & Street Party in celebration of her recent installation 'The Arc' in Powis Square, Notting Hill. The Arc

Drawing inspiration from structures built by refugees, The Arc celebrates the enterprise and creativity that can be found within refugee communities, whilst also seeking to highlight the plight of displaced children across the world today. 

Arabella was joined by writer Maudie Fraser to talk about the origins of this year's Portobello Pavilion and their shared experience of working with refugees.

"Different pasts, shared futures"

The Key Reception

Hugely honoured to be exhibiting back in St James' Piccadilly for the reception of The Key - an inspirational and powerful evening with Revd Lucy Winkett, Revd Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London and Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra.

Bonhams Private View

A big thank you to Lord Dannat, Christina Lamb and Robert Brook at Bonhams for a wonderful exhibition to celebrate the launch of 'War Artists in Afghanistan'. It was an honour to hang work with Douglas Farthing, Douglas Cook and Jules George. 

Refugees in Art and Religion

Children from Grasmere CE Primary School have created an artistic response to Arabella's installation artwork 'Flight' that has gone on display in the village's St Oswald's Parish Church.

School head teacher Jo Goode said the pupils had 'felt terribly moved' by the plight of the refugees, particularly the displaced and unaccompanied children.

"We looked together at many artists’ work, and the children were particularly touched by three pieces: The Lampedusa Cross obtained by The British Museum, the Aleppo crosses in St Paul’s Cathedral, and an installation called Flight in St James, Piccadilly," said Ms Goode. “Flight, is made up of three installations, by war artist Arabella Dorman, and focuses on an upturned boat held above the nave of St James’ Piccadilly.

"The inflatable dingy was found at a beach on Lesbos, near the coast with Turkey. It was used to transport 62 refugees across the choppy Aegean Sea, despite being designed to carry a maximum of 15 people.

"Attached to the vessel are three cheap buoyancy vests – two adult and one child – which are attached as if they are sinking into the deep cold sea.

"Our children have safety and hope for the future. A boat can be a symbol of that hope. So the children’s installation is also a boat, but theirs is carrying their hopes, prayers and wishes for the refugee children. Accompanying it is a sound installation."