Celebrating Émigré Contributions to British Culture

“The extraordinary generation of artists, writers and designers who found sanctuary in Britain from the Nazi regime brought ideas and skills and talent. But they also brought a breadth of possibilities: their practices crossed borders. There could not be a better time to celebrate them and to recognise what wealth we gain from those we welcome here.” Edmund de Waal OBE


Insiders/Outsiders was a year-long nationwide arts festival celebrating the indelible contribution of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe to British culture. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, the festival included exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, walks, lectures and literary events.

A substantial companion volume to the festival is published by Lund Humphries.

“This is an important and timely initiative, one that should help us to better understand the realities of life as a refugee – then and now – and the remarkable contributions to be made by Britain’s more recent arrivals.”
Philippe Sands QC


Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Visual Culture
Edited by Monica Bohm-Duchen

20% off Insiders/Outsiders until 31 Dec 2023

Working for the War Effort

‘Enemy Aliens’ in British Propaganda in the Second World War
By Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

Rock The Cradle

By Marie Paneth

Kokoschka: The Untimely Modernist

By Rüdiger Görner / translated by Debra Marmor and Herbert Danner

The Inscriptions of Ralph Beyer

By John Neilson, with a foreword by Edmund de Waal

The Themerson Archive Catalogue, 3-vol. set

Three Volumes (vol I, Letters and Documents; vol II, The Themersons, vol III, Gaberbocchus)

Edited by Jasia Reichardt and Nick Wadley