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 Ransomes 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 childrens books.
Babayan's work includes an Artists 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.