A video of the Cumberland Conversation with internationally renowned war artist Arabella Dorman in October 2019, including questions from the public audience

Published Date: 
Thursday, 24 October 2019

On Thursday 17 October 2019, we were joined by the internationally-renowned war artist Arabella Dorman, for a Cumberland Conversation chaired by our Chief Executive, Canon Dr Edmund Newell.

Arabella's art explores the realities of conflict today, its immediate impacts and long-term consequences.

She has worked as an officially-accredited war artist in Iraq and Afghanistan for over a decade and, in more recent years, with refugees and people affected by war in Palestine, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. 

Arabella enjoys a prominent reputation as a public speaker and fundraiser. She was listed as one of BBC’s 'Top 100 Women' in 2014, and Salt Magazine’s '100 Most Inspiring Women' in 2015. Her work has been profiled across national and international television, radio and print, including in the New York Times, on BBC, CNN, Aljazeera, Radio 4 and BBC World Service, and it has featured on the front cover of The TimesGuardian and The Sunday Times Magazine

Winner of the Global Mosaic Award, Arabella’s installation Suspended (exhibited at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, and at Canterbury and Leicester Cathedrals in 2017-18), and her boat installation Flight (exhibited at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, in 2015-16), have been widely acclaimed for their role in raising awareness about the consequences of war, forced displacement and human trafficking.

Arabella spoke to our Chief Executive as part of our Cumberland Conversations series.