Swallows and Armenians
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Location: Treasures of the Brotherton - Launch Map
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  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public
  • Faculty: Arts
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Artist, curator and writer Karen Babayan takes us on an adventure through the Arthur Ransome Archive in this lunchtime talk.

Discover the unexpected inspiration for Arthur Ransome’s well-loved Swallows and Amazons. Through new multi-disciplinary artworks, Karen Babyan explores the relationship between Ransome and the Altounyans, an Anglo-Armenian family from Aleppo, Syria. This ethnically diverse family were part of the genesis for his iconic series of children’s books.

Babayan's work includes an Artist’s Map-Book commissioned by Leeds University Library Special Collections. She aims to establish the Altounyan-Swallows-Ransome connection and celebrate the contribution of the Altounyan family to the cultural history of the Lake District.

Image: Karen Babayan, Swallows in Aleppo (detail), 2019. Digital print on aluminium.Image credit: use of photograph for artwork by permission of the Guzelian family.

Free, booking required.