March 2023: Arabella Nugent presents her latest project.
Waiting for Arabella
are the words written on the back of the cover picture.
A painting of my fully pregnant, rather peaky looking mother in 1968,
It was painted by an amazing activist and model Gill, a close friend of the family.
Gill was unable to have children of her own, so my parents decided they would have me for her.
I am not sure if they really intended to give me away, but they told me they knew the exact night I was conceived and who they were expecting.
They were waiting for me, Arabella.