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 is 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 includes 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

Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933

Changing Visual and Material Culture

Edited by Marian Malet, Rachel Dickson, Sarah MacDougall, and Anna Nyburg

The Exiles

Actors, Artists and Writers Who Fled the Nazis for London
By Daria Santini

Moholy-Nagy in Britain

By Valeria Carullo

The Lives of Lucian Freud

YOUTH 1922 – 1968
By William Feaver

Musical Journeys

Performing Migration in Twentieth-Century Music
By Florian Scheding

Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain

by Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund

Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer

Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement
By Ursula Prokop

Bauhaus Goes West

Modern Art and Design in Britain and America
By Alan Powers