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

Hans Keller 1919-1985

A musician in dialogue with his times
By Alison Garnham & Susi Woodhouse

Milein Cosman

Capturing Time
By Ines Schlenker

Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain

By Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund

Bauhaus Goes West

Modern Art and Design in Britain and America
By Alan Powers

Finding Nemon

The Extraordinary Life of the Outsider Who Sculpted the Famous
By Aurelia Young with Julian Hale