Arabella's new installation artwork 'Suspended'

An installation artwork, by Arabella Dorman

St James's Church, Piccadilly
14th December 2017 - 9th February 2018

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Suspended is an installation artwork created out of hundreds of items of clothing that have been discarded by refugees arriving on the beaches of Lesbos, having recently fled war, persecution and poverty.

Suspended hangs above the nave of St James's Piccadilly and follows on from Arabella's critically acclaimed work Flight, which hung in St James's over the Christmas period in 2015/16. It forms part of her ongoing series of works seeking to highlight the humanitarian crisis of forced displacement across the world today.

Suspended looks to reflect the experience of the thousands of refugees who now remain stuck in limbo between a lost past and an uncertain future. The use of children's clothing in particular, asks for an engagement with the current plight of unaccompanied minors, who face the very real risk of human trafficking, slavery and radicalisation.

As we approach the festive season, Arabella's new installation invites the viewer to embark upon their own journey of understanding and empathy, for the rootless and volatile experience of those caught between a past to which they cannot return, and a future to which they cannot move forward.

Suspended is a fundraising initiative for the Starfish Foundation, helping refugee children and families in Lesbos and beyond.

War and Peace: Arabella Exhibits with The Armed Forces Art Society 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. 

Arabella Addresses The 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

Arabella Gives Talk to Pupils at St Mary's School, Calne

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

Sir Derek Jacobi Unveils Arabella's Painting at The Kennel Club

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

HRH The Princess Royal Unveils Arabella's Tercentenary Painting for the King's Royal Hussars at The Cavalry and Guards Club

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.