Ben Uri is nearly a century old. It was founded in 1915, in Gradel's restaurant in Whitechapel, in the East End of London. The name echoes that of the legendary biblical craftsman who created the tabernacle in the Temple of Jerusalem.
The histories of Ben Uri and that of 20th century British art are intertwined; the blossoming of the immigrant generations of Jewish artists was mirrored by the development of modern painting in Britain. It was immigrant Jewish artists who founded Ben Uri and made a significant contribution to its development over its nearly 100 years.
Although Ben Uri’s roots are in the East End of London, the winds of change have taken it on a journey across London in search of a permanent home. From Bloomsbury, through to Soho and now to a temporary location in north London, Ben Uri is still looking for a home. Read more about Ben Uri's history.