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17 October 2019 - 6:00pm - 17 October 2019 - 8:00pm
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On Thursday 17 October 2019, we will be joined by the internationally renowned war artist Arabella Dorman, for a Cumberland Conversation in The Mews conference centre, 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 those effected 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 internationally acclaimed for their role in raising awareness about the consequences of war, forced displacement and human trafficking.

How to book

Everyone is welcome to this Cumberland Conversation. The event will start at 6.00pm and take the format of an informal conversation, with a question-and-answer session afterwards. 

Doors open at 5.45pm for teas and coffees, and there will be complimentary glass of wine afterwards.

This event is free to attend, but places must be reserved in advance because space is limited. Tickets are now available, please register in advance using the 'Register Now' button on this page. Please email Emma Albery, our Friends, Alumni and Outreach Officer, with any enquiries:

There is free parking on site, and the venue is accessible to wheelchair users and people with additional mobility requirements. There is also a hearing loop in the conference room.


You are welcome to stay on and join us for dinner in one of our historic dining rooms, with Arabella and her guests.

Dinner tickets are £65 per person, and all proceeds help to support our charitable work. Please enquire through Emma Albery to reserve your place.

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