Refuge and Renewal

Migration and British Art

14 March to 06 June 2020
Pulpit Room, Owen Owen Gallery, Bridge & Tannery

This exhibition looks at how artist refugees have affected art in Britain. With a focus on émigrés from Nazi Europe and some of the British artists they influenced, it also looks back to the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War and forward to present-day artists from the Middle East.
Loans from major public and private collections make this one of MOMA’s most ambitious ever exhibitions. Artists include Claude Monet, Camille and Lucien Pissarro, W. R. Sickert, Valerius de Saedeleer, Naum Gabo, Kurt Schwitters, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Josef Herman, Heinz Koppel, Josef Koudelka, Samira Kitman and Mona Hatoum.

Curated by Peter Wakelin for MOMA Machynlleth in collaboration with the Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
Generously supported by The Richard and Ann Mayou Fund, The Lambert Family Charitable Trust and the Friends of The Tabernacle.
Part of the Insiders/Outsiders Festival (, a nationwide arts festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.
Refuge and Renewal: Migration and British Art is accompanied by a full-colour publication from Sansom and Company, which will be for sale at the exhibition.

A lunchtime talk by Dr Peter Wakelin will take place at 1pm on Wednesday 8 April and a seminar bringing together expert speakers to explore the themes of the exhibition will take place on Saturday 9 May.

Image Credit: Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), La Route, Effet du Neige, 1879, oil on canvas, 46.5 x 56.5cm. New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, UK.
Reproduced courtesy of Leicester Arts and Museum Service
Photo: © Leicester Arts & Museums / Bridgeman Images