Stop Press! The world premiere of Swallows and Armenians will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July 2022. This actor musician production is proud to present a culturally diverse cast that is more representative of the Altounyan family. An original score is by Persia Babayan – Taylor. The venue is the historic Battle barrow House Gardens, Appleby CA16 6XT which has links to the children’s author Beatrix Potter and the painter JMW Turner. The performance will take place in the view of Appleby’s historic Norman castle keep.
Swallows and Armenians will be performed as part of Cumbria Opera Group’s ‘Weekend of Outdoor Opera’. Further information on these events and to buy tickets here.
I’m honoured to be exhibiting in ‘Shifting Perspectives’, an exhibition at Leeds City Art Gallery, which explores issues around (mis)representation and identity. “The exhibition brings together nearly a hundred works of art ranging from the 17th century to the present day. Artworks created by artists of the Global Majority are shown alongside those by white artists, exploring both parallels and divergences. Artists include Karen Babayan, Frank Brangwyn, Jacob Epstein, William Hogarth, Yinka Ilori, Jade Montserrat, Ronald Moody, Rembrandt van Rijn, Bob and Roberta Smith and Barbara Walker.” The exhibition will continue until 30 October 2022.
Swallows and Armenians – Re-appraising a Children’s Classic
University of Cumbria Cultural Landscapes talk series 2021-22, Tuesday 5th April