Parlour Arabesque


The Horse Mounted the Air – Walter Paget

Wednesday 24th July 2013

Leighton House Museum
Holland Park


Parlour Arabesque was an event which explored the idea of Leighton house as a work of fiction; a twisting narrative structure echoing the tales of the Arabian nights. It consisted of a number of site-specific performance works reflecting the whispers of exotic mystery and far-off lands which the house exudes which aimed to immerse the audience in an atmosphere of hidden wonders.

Leighton house is a space for dreaming; a landscape both familiar and ethereal. It is in this capacity that the artists were asked to engage with the space, teasing meaning and metaphor out from within the walls; translating the atmosphere of the house into
active haunting presence.

Leighton House Museum is the restored former home of the artist Frederic, Lord Leighton and houses a large permanent collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.

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