SOAS University of London

Layered Lives Events

Opening of Exhibition Reception

Thursday April 27 6 - 8pm
Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Welcome Reception

Modern dance performance by Shakeh Tchilingirian Major – The Apricot Tree.
Violin solo by Levon Chilingirian playing Ludwig Bazil, Iranian Armenian contemporary composer – Variations on a Theme by Tigranian.
Poetry by Varand.


Saturday April 29

Gallery Talks and Workshops with the Artists:
Iranian Armenian artists will each speak briefly about their work and answer questions. Draw your own thoughts and reactions to the paintings and the ideas discussed. (Art materials provided)
10 - 11.30am
Brunei Gallery

Introduction and Lecture: History of Armenians in Iran
by Professor Theo van Lint, Calouste Gulbenkian Chair of Armenian Studies, Oxford University.
1 - 1.45pm
SOAS – Khalili Lecture Theatre

Film Screening: Lullaby (22 mins) 2006
Veronica Castro and Abdollah Guivian will premier their ethnographic film on Armenians in Iran.
2 - 2.45pm
SOAS – Khalili Lecture Theatre

Lecture: Art and Iranian Armenian Identity by Nairi Sahakian, curator of modern Armenian art.
What is the role of the arts in creating, sustaining and questioning identity, personal and communal?
3 - 3.45pm
SOAS – Khalili Lecture Theatre

Tea Break

Lecture and Film Screenings: Armenians in Contemporary Iranian Film by Anahid Abad, (Iran)
Film Screenings + Q&A: Salandar (30 mins) by Varuzh Karim Masihi; Armenians in Iran (25 mins) 2006 by Anahid Abad
4.15 - 6pm
SOAS – Khalili Lecture Theatre

Evening Programme

Dance and Poetry Performance: One Thousand and One Journeys, Shakeh Tchilingirian Major (dancer) with Peter Barker (reciting poetry) and Rouben Haroutunian (tar, voice)
Tickets £10 (Available through the Armenian Institute), £8 for members, £5 for students.
7 - 8.30pm
SOAS – Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Drinks served

Sunday April 30

Lecture and poetry reading (in Armenian): The Enduring Role of Poetry by Varand, Iranian Armenian Poet
2 - 3pm
Nevart Gulbenkian Hall, Armenian Institute Library

Iran Arts Workshop for families (all ages) with Nairi Sahakian
A short talk about different art forms created in Iran/Persia. Create flat sculptures of soft clay with bas relief patterns. Coloured tiles will also be created, influenced by Armenian designs. (Art materials provided, entrance free)
3 - 5pm
Nevart Gulbenkian Hall, Armenian Institute Library

Evening Programme

Iranian Armenian Dinner with Music and Poetry Recital.
Rouben Haroutunian, tar and guitar – modern and medieval music and Poetry by Varand.
Join us for an exciting evening, sharing delicious food from a very special cuisine.
Tickets £15 (Available through the Armenian Institute), £10 for students, £5 for children
6 - 8.30 pm
Nevart Gulbenkian Hall, Armenian Institute Library

Arts & Oral History

Londoners of all backgrounds join us for these richly varied arts-based workshops. Participants will learn new skills in order to express themselves and their thoughts about their heritage and experiences of London.

All sessions will be held at the Armenian Institute, Nevart Gulbenkian Hall, Iverna Gardens, W8 6TP

Admission is free to all sessions.

Arts Workshops
Explore your heritage on paper, through dance and movement, on video, through storytelling, and the creation of narratives about shared lives.

Saturday May 13
Adults: 10.30 - 12.30pm
Families: 1.30 - 3.30pm
Armenian Dance Workshops
with Shakeh Tchilingirian Major.
Join us in this opportunity to discover and enjoy ritual dances.

Saturday May 13
Families: 10.30 - 1.30pm
Calligraphy and Bird letters Painting Workshop
with Astghik Vardanyan. Using medieval manuscript illustrations as inspiration, create your own colourful pictures.

Sunday July 2
Families: 3.30 - 5.30pm
Storytelling for Women
with Vergine Gulbenkian. Women will be asked to bring a story that they would like to work on with a view to telling it to family and friends. The workshop begins with a short story told by Vergine, sharing some aspects of the process involved in preparing it. Together, the group will then explore exercises and techniques used by storytellers to bring a story to life.

Oral History Workshops

Every life tells a story and when we put these narratives together, we can build an exciting and complex picture of our communities, our neighbourhoods, our circles of friendship. Explore the past through interviews with older members of the community. Observe how London and our communities are changing through video and interviews with younger people.

All sessions will be held at the Armenian Institute, Gulbenkian Hall, Iverna Gardens, W8.
Admission is free to all sessions.

Sunday May 7 6 - 9pm
Introduction to Oral History Workshops: Our Community, Our Lives
with Dr. Susan Pattie, anthropologist. This first session gives an opportunity to explore the experiences of British Iranian Armenians while learning some of the basic techniques of collecting and organising oral histories from individuals and communities. Iranian Armenians, now resident in Britain, will speak about the special influences and attitudes that endure across the years and long distances. The session will continue, after a short break for tea, with suggestions for beginning oral history projects, including exercises to develop interviewing skills and ideas for ways to organise the information collected.

Saturday May 13
1.30 - 3.30pm
The Video Camera as an Extension of the Body
with Veronica Castro, visual anthropologist and Helena S. Inverno, video artist Participants are invited to bring a video camera along to learn interviewing and technical skills that form a good basis for beginning creative visual documentation of our lives.

Saturday June 10
10.30 - 12.30pm
Household objects
with Dr. Susan Pattie, anthropologist. Those attending are invited to bring an object from their own homes as we will explore the importance of the ordinary in revealing the narratives of individual and community lives.

Sunday July 2
6.30 - 8.30pm
with Dr. Polly Russell, Researcher and Oral Historian, British Library Sound Archives. During this session, we will explore the power of food in creating memories. We invite participants to bring recipes or photographs of a favourite meal.

Closing Concert

Wednesday, 21 June

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (SOAS)
Tickets. £10, £8 members, £5 Students

The Chilingirian Quartet with Patricia Rozario, Soprano

Haydn quartet opus 77 no 1,
John Taverner Ahmatova songs (quartet and soprano)
Ludwig Bazil (Iranian Armenian composer),

Quartet, Ludwig Bazil
Sayat Nova pieces for Soprano and Quartet.

For further information:
7 Hollingbourne Road
SE24 9NB
Tel: 020 77978 9104

This exhibition has been possible through the generous support of: The Benlian Trust & The St. Sarkis Trust