Blog


Patterns of the Mind - Fighting Dementia with the Arts

by Zalia Zogheib, Wellbeing Intern

Zalia explores the value of art to people with dementia through her interview with local couple, Hannah and Jacob. Read more.


A newly-discovered portrait of Joseph Leftwich
by ‘Whitechapel Girl’ Clare Winsten, c.1919

by Sarah MacDougall, Curator Ben Uri Gallery

Sarah talks about a newly discovered protrait of Joseph Leftwich (1892–1983), the key chronicler of the so-called ‘Whitechapel Boys’, fittingly executed by the only ‘Whitechapel Girl’. Read more


Art Identity and Migration at Ben Uri Gallery

by Lily Greensmith MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies

Lily talks about her MA in Art Gallery and Museum placement at Ben Uri Read More


Art Behind Barbed Wire

by Sarah MacDougall, Ben Uri curator

Ben Uri has acquired a rare internment portrait painted in 1940 by artist internee Hugo Dachinger Read More


Genocide is a Personal Thing

by Jim Ranahan Ben Uri Archivist 

Holocaust Memorial and Ben Uri. Read More


Ben Uri at 100: Art, Immigrants, London

by Jim Ranahan Ben Uri Archivist

Which historical and contemporary experiences lie behind the Ben Uri slogan 'Art, Identity, Migration'? This blog considers the realities behind these descriptors and the ongoing importance of "Identity" in the context of art and migration. Read more


Alfred Wolmark: A Case Study for considering the Migrant Child

by Jim Ranahan Ben Uri Archivist 

Alfred Wolmark is a major figure in Anglo-Jewish art and is also respected for his role in founding and developing Ben Uri. Read More


Taking Stock: the Ben Uri archives in the Centenary year

by Jim Ranahan Ben Uri Archivist 

Our new archivist introduces himself and relates his first impressions of the Ben Uri archives. Read more


Blog Series  Out of Chaos

Out of Chaos | Chairman’s Essay 

by David Glasser Executive Chair

Our chair introduces our centenary exhibition and the vision for a future museum it offers. Read more


Observations from Across the Ocean, Segal’s “Halen, La Ciotat”

by Olivia Perdew Learning Assistant

'Moving to another country simultaneously strengthened and made me question my own identity.' Read more


Shaping the Future from the Past

by David Glasser Executive Chair

‘Out of Chaos’ is often an understatement of the trauma involved in journeys of migration – each narrative is defined by the precise context of ‘from what to what’ and ‘from where to where’. Read more


Blog Series Centenary Stories from the Archives


A series of 12 blog posts by former archivist Claire Jackson looking forward to the Ben Uri centenary exhibition in 2015 by re-visiting some of the key episodes in the gallery's history.

12 Poet Dannie Abse and the Ben Uri Literary Circle
The eminent doctor, poet and playwright Dannie Abse died in 2014; here we look at both his relationship with Ben Uri and Ben Uri's role encouraging poets and authors.

11 The Second World War: Ben Uri 'carries on'
Ben Uri collections were put into storage but Ben Uri was still active and reopened in a gallery space before the war ended.

10 Turbulent Times for Ben Uri 1938-1939
War loomed over Europe, and preparations were being made to store the collection, a collective of artists led by David  Bomberg attempted to take over the running of Ben Uri.

9 Capturing Pre-War Jewry in Pictures
A world of European Jewry in the 1930s - now lost - as captured by two very different men, Roman Vishniac and George Loukomski, both of whom exhibited their findings at Ben Uri.

8 Abram Games
Looking at 20th Century designer Abram Games and his 50-year relationship with Ben Uri. The extraordinary vision of the Ben Uri Council helped not only Games but also to cement the place of commercial art and graphic design in art galleries and museums today.

7 The Jews Temporary Shelter 1930-32
Ben Uri spent just two years with a gallery in London's East End, at the Jewish Temporary Shelter, 63 Mansell Street. What was the Shelter and why was Ben Uri based there?

6 A Musical Interlude
This blog post celebrates a remarkable Danish soprano, who championed Yiddish culture, stood up to anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany and lived until she was 96!

5 Jewish Art and Antiquities Exhibition 1927
In 1906 The Whitechapel Art Gallery curated a show of Jewish Art and Antiquities; 21 years later, in 1927, another exhibition on the same theme gave Ben Uri a chance to bring their collection to a wider audience.

4 Bezalel and Ben Uri (Part 2)
Continuing the story of the relationship between the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and Ben Uri in London, founded 9 years apart.

3 Bezalel Ben Uri
The origins of Ben Uri and the parallel story of the Bezalel School of Art and Crafts founded in 1906. Both took inspiration from the biblical craftsman Bezalel Ben Uri.

2 Experiencing the British Summer
More stories from the early days of Ben Uri. The founders try to find inspiration on Hampstead Heath. In this post we also meet a fortune teller and the creator of the 'Melting Pot' while eating ice cream as served to Buckingham Palace!

1 Transatlantic Journeys and a Successful Party
Ben Uri's 100th birthday is less than a year away and some exciting celebratory events are being planned. In this series of blogs, the Ben Uri archivist shares some little known tales from the archives and highlighting some recently discovered gems.