Ben Uri operates on a four year forward plan and has an exciting and diverse range of exhibitions in preparation that without us would not be seen in London or the United Kingdom.
The exhibitions cover contemporary, classic, individual artist retrospectives and themed group surveys, all accompanied by scholarly, accessibly-presented catalogues. They highlight artists from home and abroad and many of the exhibitions are designed to tour nationally and internationally. Our special focus – exploring and telling the story of émigré artists to London and the Jewish experience within – is prevalent within our overall remit of Art, Identity and Migration.
The A–Z of Elimu Carnival Band,
4th - 31st March 2015
Ben Uri Gallery
The Elimu Band are a carnival band that started in 1980 and have been based at Paddington Arts since 2001. Paddington Arts is home to the Elimu band members in the lead up to carnival, while they plan, choreograph, rehearse, design and make costumes in preparation for the final performance at Notting Hill each year.
History of the Elimu Carnival Band will exploring themes such as Creativity and Family, inviting band members and relatives to share their memories, photographs, artefacts and costumes. Comprising of short films, photographs and archive material as well as costumes and costume designs, the exhibition will be an archive of the band’s past as well providing an overview of the history of the Notting Hill Carnival.
This exhibition will be accompanied by an education programme of film screenings and carnival arts workshops, taking place at both Ben Uri and Paddington Arts.
Art, Identity, Migration: 100 Years of Ben Uri in London 1915–2015
July – December 2015
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House
Ben Uri turns 100!
To celebrate Ben Uri's foundation in 1915, this unique exhibition exploring the experience of identity and migration during the last century, also offers a rare chance to view many masterpieces from the museum's collection.
Encompassing paintings, work on paper, sculpture, new media and archival pieces, the exhibition will explore related issues of historical and contemporary displacement and migration.
It will include not only world-class works by artists such as Auerbach, Chagall and Soutine, but also important examples of fine work by lesser-known emigrés who were not so fortunate in their careers for a variety of reasons often related to their migration and for whom Ben Uri provided an important exhibition platform.
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
For further information on Ben Uri's centenary please visit the Centenary Countdown page
Refiguring the 50s: Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and L S Lowry
14 Nov 2014 – 22 Feb 2015
View the press release