Artist refugees and British art
14 March 2020 - 16 June 2020Free
This exhibition looks at how artist refugees in the last hundred years have been received and influenced British art. It reaches back to artists who escaped war in 1914 and forward to refugees in recent times, but it focuses especially on European émigrés of the 1930s and 1940s who brought new ideas to places as diverse as Hampstead, Glasgow, Merthyr Tydfil and St Ives. Such artist refugees escaped dispossession, torture, intellectual oppression or war and often encountered critical hostility and isolation in their new country. Nevertheless, many had transformative effects on British contemporaries.
A substantial catalogue by Peter Wakelin will accompany the exhibition