Samuel Hirszenberg, The Sabbath Rest

Samuel Hirszenberg, The Sabbath Rest, 1894. Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art.

The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Investment of £354,000 upon its centenary exhibition and associated community projects.

Mark Gertler, Rabbi and Rabbitzin

Mark Gertler, Rabbi and Rabbitzin, 1914. Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art.

As the oldest Jewish cultural organisation in the UK, a free exhibition will showcase its often hidden collections of artworks and archives.

These include works by acclaimed artists such as Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Mark Gertler and Leon Kossoff, and will be accompanied by a range of legacy and community education programming. 

David Glasser, Executive Chair of Ben Uri, said “Ben Uri is a 100 year-young art museum, founded by émigré Jews in Whitechapel in July 1915.” 

Our heritage is the source and inspiration for our strategy of a large encompassing Museum of Art, Identity and Migration celebrating the contribution of all immigrant communities to the modern and contemporary cultural landscape of London.”

Frank Auerbach, Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II

Frank Auerbach, Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II, 2004. Ben Uri, The London Jewish Museum of Art.

“We are hugely appreciative of the significant support from the Heritage Fund London in facilitating this important testimony to the scale and depth of contribution that Jewish and other immigrant communities add to the rich cultural mosaic of our country and great capital city.“ 

It will be held in association with the Cultural Institute in the Inigo Rooms at Somerset House East Wing, King’s College London from 1 July – 13 December 2015.

Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Fund London, said: “This project will enable new audiences amongst those that live, work and visit London, to have their own, personal experience of London’s global identity from the perspective of others. A truly unifying experience that should be embraced.”