Unveiling of plaque: Jean-Georges Simon

On Saturday 18 September, 11am, 4 Park Road, Harrogate: unveiling of commemorative plaque to Hungarian-born artist Jean-Georges Simon by the Mayor of Harrogate with the Hungarian Consul General from Manchester in attendance. Please contact Robert Waterhouse for further details.

Colour, Texture & Destination

An exhibition celebrating the creative and cultural legacy of Bernat Klein (1922-2014); an inspired colourist, textile designer and artist who won international acclaim for the dazzling textural designs he produced in the Scottish Borders from the 1950s to the 1990s. Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick, 28 June – 24 December 2021

This exhibition presents original pieces by Bernat Klein, which in turn have inspired new work, capturing the vibrancy of Bernat Klein’s legacy. Featured are prize winning students from the Fashion Communication and Design for Textiles programmes from the School of Textiles & Design, Heriot-Watt University. The exhibition also showcases the Spring/Summer 2021 collection ‘High Sunderland’ by the Scottish menswear designer Kestin Hare, inspired by Bernat Klein’s modernist home in the Scottish Borders. To book, click here.


Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon

An online version of the exhibition held at Wiener Library in 2019


Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee: Gerty Simon

Berlin showing of exhibition held at Wiener Library in 2019


Albert Reuss in Mousehole The Artist as Refugee author talk by Susan Soyinka


The Second and Third Generation: Experiences of the Descendants of Refugees from National Socialism

Click here for a recording of some of the papers presented at the conference on ‘The Second and Third Generation: Experiences of the Descendants of Refugees from National Socialism’, organised by the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, University of London, on 9-11 March 2021.


Uprootedness & Hybridity: Researching Eastern-European intergenerational trauma in the arts and theatre

Watch a recording of this online seminar, which introduced artistic quests across Eastern European history from four different perspectives. While sharing personal and intimate reflections, we unravel the complexity of intergenerational trauma collectively.


On Collecting: Textile territories, Otti Berger – An installation by Judith Raum

Otti Berger is the subject of two linked exhibitions, at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Black Box and Bauhaus Building, Textile Workshop, which runs from 24 June – 3 Oct 2021. After Otti Berger’s murder in the Auschwitz concentration camp, her textile work was scattered incoherently in archives throughout the world. Berlin artist Judith Raum has developed two installations for the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation formed of fragments of this oeuvre.




Virtual Exhibition: For the Child / Für das Kind – Stories of the Kindertransport

The ACF London is pleased to re-open with a very special exhibition featuring stories of the Kindertransport. The photography project For the Child/ Für das Kind by artists Rosie Potter and Patricia Ayre presents and revisits the dramatic history of the Kindertransport. Potter and Ayre asked survivors to share the personal belongings that accompanied them as children on the Kindertransport. Very often these objects were the last physical contact the children had with their parents. The photographs presented here convey the deep emotions and trauma of the separation but also the hope of survival and start of a new future.


De Waal’s Itinerant Pots

Edmund explores how the journey of German Jewish ceramicist and migrant Hans Coper has inspired his own creative practice. BBC Sounds.


Becoming Gustav Metzger, Uncovering the Early Years 1945-59

Exhibition opens Ben Uri, 16 June, runs until 17 September


Greek Holocaust Survivors

Artemis Alcalay is a Greek Jewish visual artist living in Athens. A new website of her work – centred on the Holocaust – can be seen here.


The Oldham Mural – why this rare and threatened modern artwork needs protection

Join Henrietta Billings, Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and Nick Braithwaite, great nephew of the artist George Mayer-Marton, for this recording of an online event and discover more about the artist, the mural and the current campaign to save it.

Watch a recording of our online event to mark the appearance of George Mayer-Marton’s Murals & Mosaics, Baquis Press has published an appraisal of its unique qualities and other works by this Hungarian-Jewish artist who settled in England in 1938.


Inside Art: Ruth Borchard Collection

A new film about émigré art collector Ruth Borchard by Richard Shaw, first screened by Sky Arts and Freeview on 14 December, can be viewed here.


Launch of the new Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust website

The Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust is very happy to announce the launch of its new website.


Laelia Goehr: Photographer

This website has been created by Julia Crockatt to share the photographs of her grandmother, Laelia Goehr, one of the many women photographers who came to the UK in the 1930s as a Jewish refugee from Germany. She took up photography seriously when she started war work in the 1940s and continued until the 1980s.

Many of her photographs have been seen and published, such as her well-known portrait of her mentor, Bill Brandt; others are in the family archive and have not been seen for many years, if ever. It has been a fascinating journey for Julia, piecing together the story of someone who was a refugee not once but twice over, who on arrival in the UK had to start again in a new place with yet another language, and who with determination and hard work became a successful and well published photographer.


Sanctuary and Exile Project