Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 12: "I start with the visible and am startled by the visible" Dannie Abse and the Ben Uri Literary Circle
9th October 2014
With the sad news of the death of the eminent doctor, poet and playwright Dannie Abse, we look at both his relationship with Ben Uri and Ben Uri's role encouraging poets and authors in a...
Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 11: World War Two "Ben Uri Carries On"
29th September 2014
At the start of the Second World War in 1939, Ben Uri collections were put into storage but Ben Uri was still active and reopened in a Gallery space before the war ended. It was...
Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 10 Turbulent Times for Ben Uri 1938-1939
18th September 2014
As war was looming across 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.
Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 9: Capturing Pre War Jewry in Pictures
11th September 2014
In this weeks stories from the archive we visit, a - now lost - world of European Jewry in the 1930s as captured by two very different men, Roman Vishniac and George Loukomski, both of...
Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 8 Abram Games
4th September 2014
As a new exhibition opens on the life of the iconic 20th Century designer Abram Games we celebrate a 50 year relationship with Ben Uri. The extraordinary vision of the Ben Uri Council helped not...
Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 7 The Jews Temporary Shelter 1930-1932
28th August 2014
Ben Uri spent just 2 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?
Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 6 A Musical Interlude
21st August 2014
This week's blog celebrates a remarkable Danish soprano, who championed Yiddish culture, stood up to anti-semites in 1930s Germany and lived until she was 96!
Centenary Stories from the Archives: Part 5 The Jewish Art and Antiquities Exhibition 1927
12th August 2014
In 1906 The Whitechapel Art Gallery had a show of Jewish Art and Antiquities, 21 years later, in 1927, they had another exhibition on the same theme. This was a chance for Ben Uri to...
Centenary Stories from the Archives Part 4: Bezalel and Ben Uri (2)
7th August 2014
Continuing the story of the relationship between the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and Ben Uri in London founded 9 years apart. Last time we learnt how both Ben Uri and Bezalel were started and both chose...
Centenary Stories from the Archives Part 3: Bezalel Ben Uri
28th July 2014
In this week's blog we examine 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...
Centenary Stories from the Archives Part 2: Experiencing The British Summer.
21st July 2014
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" whilst...
Centenary Stories from the Archives Part 1: Transatlantic Journeys and a Successful Party
14th July 2014
Ben Uri's 100th birthday is less than a year away and some exciting celebratory events are being planned. We are currently delving through the Ben Uri archives to select items for a major centenary exhibition...
Suzanne Perlman on Life and Art
16th May 2014
The British Friends of the Hebrew University organised an event on 12 May 2014 at the gallery in Cork Street where Ben Uri's exhibition,'Suzanne Perlman: Painting London', has been hosted. Suzanne Perlman gave a very...
Art and Fashion: A love story
5th December 2013
Whether fashion will ever be considered art is impossible to say, however, it is undeniable that there are strong crossovers: simply put, couture has permeated art.
"Uproar!" Roaring start for the rebellious exhibition
30th November 2013
On Thursday October 31st I attended the Private View of Ben Uri's new exhibition: "Uproar!" and I have to say, I felt quite lucky by the end of the evening.
Brian Taylor 'A Consistent Vision' Private View
10th October 2013
As an intern at Ben Uri, I was lucky enough to be invited along to the private viewing of the current memorial exhibition: Brian Taylor RBS, 1935-2013, 'A Consistent Vision' (2 October - 13 October...
Sunshine and Contemporary Portraiture at Ben Uri Art Workshop
1st October 2013
While the summer sun reigned supreme our cultural cadets embarked on a colourful investigation of contemporary portraiture - toying with concepts of identity they learned to creatively express their own.
Katy Barron discusses Looking In: Photographic Portraits by Chan-Hyo Bae and Maud Sulter
4th September 2013
Katy Barron, curator of Looking In: Photographic Portraits discusses the compelling artists on show and the significance of their work
Ben Uri attends War and Displacement conference
9th May 2013
Rachel Dickson, curator and Ben Uri's head of curatorial services reports on the War and Displacement Research Network conference
A look at Dorothy Bohm by Katy Green
13th March 2013
In preparation for our upcoming photography exhibition, '10 Days Project', Katy Green has been exploring the work of Dorothy Bohm. She recently visited the exhibition on Bohm at the Museum of London.
LGBT History Month
20th February 2013
February is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) History Month and it focuses on the lives and achievements of the LGBT community, celebrating diversity within the community and society as a whole. Here Clare Trepak,...
Ben Uri responds to Georg Baselitz on women painters
8th February 2013
Rachel Dickson, curator and the Ben Uri's head of curatorial services recommends the Ben Uri exhibition, Judy Chicago, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick and Tracey Emin to Georg Baselitz
Tracey Emin's Something's Wrong comes to Ben Uri
6th February 2013
The Ben Uri's current exhibition Judy Chicago and Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick and Tracey Emin has had a notable exchange of works by Tracey Emin this week.
Curator's Tour for Courtauld Alumni
30th January 2013
Last week, Alumni from the Courtauld Institute of Art were treated to a curatorial tour of current exhibition, 'Judy Chicago and Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin: A Transatlantic Dialogue', led by curator and fellow...
Corpus Canvas: A Bigger Splash vs Judy Chicago
4th January 2013
Two interns compare reactions to the use of the human body in the Tate Modern's 'A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance' and Ben Uri's 'Judy Chicago: Transatlantic Dialogue' exhibitions. Nishana has an MA in History...
Educators, Events and Awards
3rd December 2012
A quick update on what the Ben Uri Learning Team have been up to recently...
Moving On... "My time as a Social Media Intern"
24th October 2012
This week, we said goodbye to one of our brilliant Social Media interns, Sophie. She tells us of her experience at Ben Uri...
"Draw Your Journey" Family Art Day at Ben Uri
15th October 2012
Social Media intern, Sophie joined the Learning team for their Family Art Day on Sunday. It was held as part of The Big Draw, which is happening throughout October.
Artist Interview: Ben Nathan
5th October 2012
Winner of International Jewish Artist of the Year Award 2012 (IJAYA) and good friend of Ben Uri, Ben Nathan, tells us where he draws his inspiration from and why he's looking forward to hosting The...
An Interview with Dodo's granddaughter, Clare Amsel
10th September 2012
To mark the closing and success of "The Inspiration of Decadence: Dodo Rediscovered" at Ben Uri, Sophie, our social media intern spoke to Clare Amsel, Dodo's granddaughter, who recently has helped bring Dodo's timeless work...
Dodo Rediscovered: Curatorial Tour
5th September 2012
Prior to the curatorial tour, which marks the end of The Inspiration of Decadence: Dodo Rediscovered exhibition at Ben Uri, our social media interns, Germaine and Sophie, speak to curator, Rachel Dickson, about Dodo's work...
Drawing Series: Fashion Illustration
17th August 2012
In our penultimate session, graphic artist, Antony Ward led the participants through 1920's fashion, as part of our series of workshops designed to complement the current exhibition: The Inspiration of Decadence: Dodo Rediscovered.
Drawing Series: Drawing Dreams
14th August 2012
Part three of the Drawing Series sees participants exploring themes and symbols within dreams and taking the fear out of each other's nightmares..
Drawing Series: The Nude
8th August 2012
In the second part of the Drawing Series, the participants battle with spiders and "creative brain" exercises...
Artist Talk: Siona Benjamin and Shanti Panchal
7th August 2012
In Ben Uri's latest artist talk, artists Siona Benjamin and Shanti Panchal discussed 'The role of mythology in contemporary transcultural art'. Ben Uri former intern, Amanda Carmago, talks about the night and why it was...
August image of the month: Interrogation
3rd August 2012
A closer look at Interrogation by George Grosz (1893-1959).
Who we are
17th July 2012
Ben Uri's Chair and Chief Executive, David Glasser, explores the identity of Ben Uri and looks at its future.
Is there a right time to intern?
10th July 2012
Andrea Grottick used to think that being a mature art student would prohibit her from becoming an intern, but an interview with the Learning Department at Ben Uri proved that was not the case.
Dodo exhibition opens
2nd July 2012
The exhibition on artist Dodo has finally opened. Head of Curatorial Services, Rachel Dickson, talks about the preview night.
Getting ready for Dodo
23rd June 2012
Head of Curatorial Services, Rachel Dickson, talks about the magic of Dodo that is revealed during installation of the exhibition at Ben Uri.
IJAYA 2012 awards ceremony
30th May 2012
It was a great night at Ben Uri on 22 May for the ceremony announcing the winners in the International Jewish Artist of the Year Awards 2012.
BBC News Meet Simon Sebag Montefiore at Ben Uri Gallery
8th February 2011