Suspended is on the move! We were sad to bid Canterbury Cathedral farewell, but are looking forward to a fresh install in Leicester Cathedral opening for World Refugee Day 2018.
Arabella and Canon Treasurer, Revd Nick Papadopulous, discuss the highly evocative 'Suspended'. In this short film by Adrian Smith they both share an insight into the work and the strong links between the refugees story and the Bible.
So moving to see the reactions to Suspended at Canterbury Cathedral in this wonderful film by Adrian Smith.
Arabella art installation Suspended will hang from the Nave roof throughout Canterbury Cathedral's observance of Holy Week and Easter this year. Made up of hundreds of items of clothing discarded by refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos and in the French port of Calais, evocative and poignant, Suspended recalls us to the Passiontide themes of loss and desolation that grip the world, and yet still offers us the hope that was made real for the first disciples of Jesus in their glimpse of his empty tomb – and his discarded graveclothes.
Thank you to Al-Khair Foundation for producing this wonderful and moving film about the story of Suspended.
Thank you to all who came from near and far for ‘Suspended - In Search of Light’ last night - what a fantastic turnout! An honour to talk to such an amazing audience about painting in Afghanistan and the story behind Suspended.
Tuesday 16th January: Suspended, In Search of Light
6-8pm. Private View and Talk by Arabella at St James's Church, Piccadilly.
Tickets cost £10 and are available here
Wednesday 24th January: Lecture and book signing with author Paul-Gordon Chandler
6.30pm. ‘Kahlil Gibran: An Unparalleled Spiritual Guide for Our Times’
Booking details here
Saturday 27th January: ‘Syria’s Disappeared’
7.00pm. Screening of a 50 minute Channel 4 documentary telling the hidden story of tens of thousands of men, women and children disappeared by the Syrian regime into a network of clandestine detention centres. Followed by a Q&A with the director Sara Afshar.
Booking details here
Thursday 8th February: An Evening of Words and Music
7.30pm. The evening will feature contributions from musicians and speakers from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions.
Tickets cost £12-£15 and are available here
A Private View and Talk
Tuesday 16th January
6 - 8 pm
St James's Church,
Arabella Dorman will talk about her work as a British war artist for over a decade, from her experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza to the creation of Flight and Suspended.
Proceeds will be donated to Starfish Foundation, an NGO working in Lesbos to aid refugees, specifically focusing on children.
An installation artwork, by Arabella Dorman
St James's Church, Piccadilly
14th December 2017 - 9th February 2018
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.
It is an honour to have been asked to do several public speaking events recently and wonderful to have such warm and appreciative audiences, especially at the Diocese of Rochester Annual Archdeaconry Day.
Taking inspiration from their War Paint exhibition, Arabella joined an expert panel to discuss how art, historically and today, influences public perceptions of the army.
Artists have used the army as a subject for hundreds of years, for numerous reasons. Their works have influenced public opinion about the army - sometimes glorifying battles and romanticising soldiering, or revealing the human suffering and reality of warfare.
- Arabella Dorman: British war artist
- Emma Mawdsley (chair): Curator of War Paint exhibition, National Army Museum
- David Cotterrell: British artist; Professor of Fine Art, University of Brighton
- Gabriel Koureas: Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London
It was a huge privilege to work with the amazing photographer Alex Lloyd on these new studio shots.