IRANIAN-born artist Nazanin Moradi is staging an exhibition that combines costume making, performance, painting, printmaking and digital collage.

Running at Lancaster's King Street Studios until July 27, Pairidaeza - the old Persian word for an 'other space' - focuses on openness, tolerance and dialogue, subjects close to the heart of Nazanin who was born in Iran during the 1980s, where she attended calligraphy and painting school aged just six.

"The experience had a decisive impact on my development afterwards," added Nazanin who left Iran in 2006 to join family in Dubai and study there.

Following a serious car accident which had left her in a coma, she moved to London where she achieved an MA in fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2016. She has exhibited in the UK, France, Croatia, America, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

Nazanin's inspiration for Pairidaeza is the poem I Feel Sorry For The Garden by feminist poet Forough Farrokhzad, which not only considers women’s freedom but also a wish for freedom of expression.

As visitors enter the Lancaster exhibition via a spiral staircase, they will see textiles hanging from the ceiling: "I wanted to focus on creating spaces floating either in the 3D sculpture or 2D oil paintings, populated only by abstracted body parts and patterns," explained Nazanin.

Nazanin’s work was first displayed at King Street Studios last year as part of the Something Called Home show but Pairidaeza will be her first solo exhibition in the city.

King Street Studios are open on Fridays and Saturdays, from 11am-5.30pm or by appointment by ringing 07743-238663. For further information go online at