Celebrating Émigré Contributions to British Culture

“The extraordinary generation of artists, writers and designers who found sanctuary in Britain from the Nazi regime brought ideas and skills and talent. But they also brought a breadth of possibilities: their practices crossed borders. There could not be a better time to celebrate them and to recognise what wealth we gain from those we welcome here.” Edmund de Waal OBE


Insiders/Outsiders was a year-long nationwide arts festival celebrating the indelible contribution of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe to British culture. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, the festival included exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, walks, lectures and literary events.

A substantial companion volume to the festival is published by Lund Humphries.

“This is an important and timely initiative, one that should help us to better understand the realities of life as a refugee – then and now – and the remarkable contributions to be made by Britain’s more recent arrivals.”
Philippe Sands QC

Musical Journeys

Performing Migration in Twentieth-Century Music
By Florian Scheding

Ascher: The Mad Silkman

By Konstantina Hlavácková

The Exiles

Actors, Artists and Writers Who Fled the Nazis for London
By Daria Santini

The See-Through House

My Father in Full Colour
By Shelley Klein

Brave New Visions

The émigrés who transformed the British art world
By Cherith Summers
Foreword by Sue Grayson Ford

The Lives of Lucian Freud

Youth 1922-1968
By William Feaver

Moholy-Nagy in Britain

By Valeria Carullo

Applied Arts in British Exile from 1933

Changing Visual and Material Culture
Edited by Marian Malet, Rachel Dickson, Sarah MacDougall, and Anna Nyburg