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Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art at RWA

Queens Road, Clifton, BRISTOL, Avon, BS8 1PX

Tel: +44 (0)117 973 5129

Refuge and Renewal Migration and British Art at RWA


This major touring exhibition is a timely exploration of the impact of artist refugees on art in Britain, taking a perspective across the last 150 years.

The migration of creative individuals and groups has always been a source of innovation and cultural cross-fertilisation. This exhibition explores the influence of émigrés who came from eastern and central Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Curated by Dr Peter Wakelin, the exhibition examines how they were perceived by their peers in Britain and the extent to which their influence excited or inspired new art.

Artists include Joan Eardley, Josef Herman, Ben Nicholson and Kurt Schwitters. The exhibition looks back to the temporary exile of refugees from the First World War and forward to the present, when the reception of refugees and their contributions to British life are more contentious than ever.

Many of the artists present extraordinary and deeply moving stories of escape from dispossession, persecution, torture, intellectual oppression and war. The welcome for foreign artists has not always been positive and has included critical hostility, financial difficulties, personal tragedy and even internment, yet they have often exerted a remarkably direct influence on British contemporaries.

Part of Insiders/Outsiders, a nationwide arts festival taking place throughout 2019 to celebrate refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture

Time: 14/12/2019-01/03/2020
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
CLOSED Mondays
Last admission 30 minutes before closing. The RWA occasionally closes early for special events. Please call ahead or check the website for details.

Tickets: Adults: £7.95 (includes an 80p donation) £6.95 online
Concessions: £6.75 (includes a 70p donation). Pay on the door
Under 18s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE
RWA Art Pass Holders: FREE 
Friends of the RWA: FREE 
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price. Pay on the door

Image Credit: Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), La Route, effet de neige (detail), 1879, oil on canvas. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, UK. Reproduced courtesy of Leicester Arts and Museums Service. © Artist's Estate. Photo © Leicester Arts & Museums / Bridgeman Images / Image credi

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