There are a number of exhibitions relevant to the theme of the festival already taking place that are ending soon:
Running until 17 March Little Happenings: Photographs of Children by Dorothy Bohm at the V&A Museum of Childhood includes a significant number of never-before-seen works. Spanning 12 countries over seven decades, the display shows how the idea of childhood and early social interactions have been a source of inspiration for Bohm during her long career.
Dorothy Bohm (neé Israelit) was born in 1924 to a Jewish Lithuanian family. In 1939, at the age of 14, just before the outbreak of the Second World War, she was sent alone to a boarding school in Sussex, England, to escape the threat of Nazism. On boarding the train, her father gave her his Leica camera as a parting gift. She has since had her work exhibited in over 25 venues across the UK and internationally and has published 15 books of her photographs.
Witnesses: émigré medallists in Britain at the British Museum, Gallery 69a, runs until 7 April. This exhibition celebrates the invaluable role played by artists from abroad in the development of British medallic art. On display are medals that span six centuries, including notable works by medallists who fled Nazi oppression and sought refuge in Britain. Medallist Paul Vincze summed up the question of nationality in 1975 when he stated: ‘I am Hungarian. My wife is French. We are British’, and objects on display will demonstrate how artists from abroad identified strongly with the country to which they had come.