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Gerti Deutsch, Picture Post, Hulton Archive © Getty Images

Stories of Migration from Picture Post Magazine 1938-56
Austrian Cultural Forum London
2 July, 7pm

To coincide with the exhibition Refugees, Newcomers & Citizens the ACF will host a special talk with Amanda Hopkinson, daughter of Austrian émigré photographer Gerti Deutsch and Picture Post editor, Tom Hopkinson. She will discuss the photographers and stories featured in the exhibition alongside the contribution made to British life by very different groups of immigrants, from those arriving on the Kindertransport to the SS Empire Windrush generation. Free but booking required.


Refuge Britain – Stories of Émigré Designers
Senate House, University of London
3 July, 6pm

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.


West Indian immigrants arriving at Victoria Station, London. Picture Post, ‘Thirty Thousand Colour Problems’, 1956 (© Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Getty Images Hulton Archive)

Refugees, Newcomers, Citizens: Migration Stories from Picture Post, 1938-56
Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, London
Until 5 July

This exhibition brings together for the first time over sixty original prints by renowned émigré photographers Gerti Deutsch and Kurt Hutton, together with Bert Hardy and Haywood Magee, revealing Picture Post magazine’s stories of refugees and immigrants to Britain from the 1930s to the 1950s. Images focus on the Kindertransport and Windrush-era migrations, as well as on lesser-known histories of wartime African-American women Red Cross volunteers, and post-war child Holocaust survivors who found refuge in the Lake District.



Naomi Blake sculptures in the garden of 41 Woodside Avenue. Photo by Mike Coles

Naomi Blake 1924-2018
Artist open house
41 Woodside Avenue, Muswell Hill
6-7 July, 11-6pm

For 50 years Naomi Blake gave life and shape to sculpture dedicated to victims of the Holocaust, while expressing positive hopes for the future and the promotion of understanding between faiths. Her work stands in places of worship and in public spaces, such as, New North London Synagogue, Norwich and Bristol Cathedrals, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Fitzroy Square.

As part of the East Finchley Artists Open House Festival you are now invited to view Naomi’s home, studio and beautiful sculpture and hear her inspirational story.

Naomi’s Life Story talk: 6 July at 5pm
No Booking Necessary

Jankel Adler, Mother and Child. Private Collection © DACS 2019

Driftwood Cast Upon a Foreign Shore: Jankel Adler in Britain, 1940–49
Ben Uri Gallery, London
Until 8 July

Marking the 70th anniversary of the death of Polish-Jewish émigré Jankel Adler (1895-1949) this exhibition explores his nine-year British exile. Adler fled Nazi Germany in 1933, was declared ‘degenerate’ in his absence, and arrived in Scotland (via Paris) in 1940. Influenced by Picasso and Klee, in both Glasgow, and later London, he introduced remarkable stylistic and technical innovations, particularly in printmaking, to the next generation of British artists. Drawn primarily from private collections, this exhibition provides a much-needed opportunity to re-assess a still neglected artist, now considered one of the most important European modernists working in mid-century Britain.