Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm
The Laboratory, Dulwich College
Eighty years ago 10,000 children came to Britain as unaccompanied refugees on the Kindertransport from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, escaping Nazi Europe. A screening of interview extracts will be followed by a panel discussion with two former Kinder, chaired by Dr Bea Lewkowicz, Director of the Refugee Voices Testimony Archive, when they will explore how the Kinder adapted in Britain and how they dealt with being separated from their families and their homes. A photographic exhibition Still in our Hands’, which features 10 Kinder will be on display. Presented by Dulwich Festival in association with AJR Refugee Voices Testimony Archive.
Thursday 23 May, 3pm
Charleston Festival, East Sussex
Monica Bohm-Duchen, creative director of the Insiders/Outsiders festival and editor of the companion volume, which focuses on visual culture, will discuss the importance of cultural cross-fertilisation with eminent art historian and curator, Norman Rosenthal, who programmed exhibitions at the Royal Academy for over 30 years. They will be joined by novelist Esther Freud, daughter of artist Lucian Freud who was a refugee from Berlin.
Saturday 25 May 12:30 pm
Nottingham Writers; Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham
Changing Wor(l)ds Literature Festival
In response to rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism across the UK, Exiled Writers Ink bring together a diverse range of Muslim and Jewish writers currently living in Britain. Through workshops, they explore their personal narratives and literary traditions to create poetic responses.
This event will include poetry, discussion and workshops on the nuances of writing poetry as an enquiry into transnational cultural identities.
With poets Amir Darwish, Dr Jennifer Langer, Mohamed Mohamed and Jill Abram.
Come and hear their poems and join them in discussion.
Tuesday 14 May Professor Sarah Wilson: Kurt Schwitters in Britain
Tuesday 21 May Dr Niccola Shearman: Ludwig Meidner and Oskar Kokoschka
Tuesday 28 May Dr Ines Schlenker: Women Émigré Artists: Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Milein Cosman, Else Meidner
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
This series investigates a particularly significant episode in the long history of British art’s relations with the Continent. These lectures will take a close and critical look at the experiences of the émigré artists who came to this country after Hitler’s accession to power in 1933, examining not only their achievements and influence, but also the challenges – not to say obstacles – they faced on arrival.
The series will open with an introductory lecture providing a broader cultural and political context for the lectures to follow. These will focus on the experiences of key individuals – John Heartfield, Kurt Schwitters, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Meidner and Marie-Louise von Motesiczky – and the issues raised within the study of mid-20th century British art by the reception of their disparate yet related practices.
These lectures form part of a series entitled Showcasing Art History (which must be booked en bloc)