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Refuge Britain – Stories of Emigré Designers

3 July 2019

Senate House, University of London

Aspects of Exile

Refuge Britain – Stories of Emigré Designers
Speakers: Anna Nyburg and Robert Sternberg

Refuge Britain is a 45 minute documentary film made by Anna Nyburg and Robert Sternberg, which will be screened alongside a Q&A. Framed by the life of a recent refugee from Pakistan, the film uses archive footage and conversations with the descendants of three Jewish émigré designers, Hans Schleger, Elizabeth Tomalin and Tibor Reich to explore the impact of refugee designers on the cultural life of Britain from the late 1930s until the 1970s.

The film includes interviews with the grandson (Thomas Heatherwick) of a refugee textile designer whose archive is held at The M&S archive in Leeds. A second refugee textile designer, Tibor Reich, whose grandson is interviewed in the film studied at the progressive textile department of Leeds University, where he came to from anti-semitic Vienna in the 1930s. The third refugee from Nazism is the famous graphic designer Hans Schleger. Finally, the film includes material on a contemporary refugee to Britain, who is also a textile artist and designer.



Attendance free; advance online booking strongly recommended

6.00pm – 8.00pm