In 2006 she was Britain's first official war artist to go to the front line in Iraq. She spent time with British forces in Afghanistan in 2009-2014 and with refugees in Lesbos, Calais and Dunkirk in 2015-2016.
In December 2015 she suspended a dinghy, which had been used to transport refugees across the Mediterranean, from the roof of St James's Church, Picadilly. Called Flight, the exhibit was on display until February 2016, and related the flight of refugees to the ancient tradition of hanging boats from church roofs.
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- Aged 36 on 2 May 2009 (Harrison) implies 1974 or 75, and 39 on 19 October 2014 (Alberge) implies 1975 or 76
- Alberge, Dalya (19 October 2014). "An artist in Afghanistan: 'To tell the story, you've got to take risks'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
- Harrison, David (2 May 2009). "War artist Arabella Dorman paints Iraq". The Telegraph. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
- Jonathan Jones (20 December 2015) "Flight by Arabella Dorman review: relic of a rough crossing illustrates refugee crisis", The Observer. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- Robert Dex (27 January 2016) "Dinghy used to flee Syria will hang over audience at concert for victims of war", The Evening Standard. Retrieved 15 December 2016.