Nouneh Sarkissian

Appointed as a High Level Advocate for Children in December 2019

UNICEF Armenia
Նունե Սարգսյանը կանգնած է այգում։
UNICEF Armenia/2019
11 December 2019

Nouneh Sarkissian is a writer, art critic, cultural and public figure. Her children's stories and fairy tales have been translated into English, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian and other languages. To support the preservation of Armenian linguistic and cultural traditions, her works have been rendered from Eastern Armenian into Western Armenian, as well as dialects of Artsakh, Gavar and Gyumri.

Some of her tales have become puppet and ballet performances.Books by Nouneh Sarkissian have been presented at the Book Fairs in Great Britain, Italy, Armenia and other countries.

Nouneh Sarkissian wrote one of her latest fairy tales – "The Adventures of Bluey and Pinky" – with Savannah, her granddaughter. Savannah illustrated the book as well.

Nouneh Sarkissian was born in a family of intellectuals; her father was a writer, and her mother was a teacher of the Armenian language and literature. While receiving secondary education, she graduated from a music school as well. She graduated from the Romance-German Department of the Yerevan State University and worked at the Matenadaran for some time. Then, she moved to London with her husband in 1990. Professor Armen Sarkissian taught theoretical physics at the Universities of Cambridge and London. Mrs. Sarkissian continued her education at Goldsmiths College, London University, and received her MA degree in History of Arts. She studied art at the Sotheby's Institute of Art and then painting at Westminster College.

Nouneh Sarkissian is the author of numerous articles and reviews on contemporary art, culture and music that have been published in Armenia, the USA and various European countries.

At the same time, she has organized exhibitions of contemporary Armenian art and cultural events on classical literature in London.

She has organized exclusive international exhibitions and concerts, including a Fabergé exhibition in Las Vegas, and "Symbols and Mysteries. Transforming Art" in London, concerts of world-renowned musicians and especially talented young artists in London and elsewhere.

Mrs. Sarkissian has devoted her time and energy to international and Armenian charity events for years, raising funds for humanitarian purposes with the participation of prominent musicians, choirs and orchestras.