Hardback256 PagesSize: 270 × 228 mm
144 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223462Publication: July 01, 2019

"The volume is an essential contribution to understanding the enrichment these refugees – whether passing through or settling – brought to Britain as their influence and legacy continues to reverberate in the twenty-first century." – Marina Vaizey, The Burlington Magazine


Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture

Edited by Monica Bohm-Duchen



  • Published to accompany the UK-wide Insiders/Outsiders arts festival taking place between March 2019 and March 2020 in celebration of the many cultural figures and intellectuals who came to Britain as refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Publication coincides with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War and of the Kindertransport programme


Insiders/Outsiders, published to accompany a UK-wide arts festival of the same name in 2019, examines the extraordinarily rich and pervasive contribution of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe to the visual culture, art education and art-world structures of the United Kingdom. In every field, émigrés arriving from Europe in the 1930s - supported by a small number of like-minded individuals already resident in the UK - introduced a professionalism, internationalism and bold avant-gardism to a British art world not known for these attributes.

At a time when the issue of immigration is much debated, the book serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural cross-fertilization and of the deep, long-lasting and wide-ranging contribution that refugees make to British life.

Contributions by: Richard Aronowitz, Harriet Atkinson, Michael Berkowitz, Morwenna Blewett, Monica Bohm-Duchen, Charmian Brinson, Andrew Chandler, Hans Christian Hönes, Leyla Daybelge, Rachel Dickson, Keith Holz, Amanda Hopkinson, Shauna Isaac, Swantje Kuhfuss-Wickenheiser, Simon Lake, Sarah MacDougall, Anna Müller-Härlin, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Anna Nyburg, Michael Paraskos, Antony Penrose, Alan Powers and Daniel Snowman

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