• Ben Uri was founded by Lazar Berson, an émigré Russian artist, in 1915 in Whitechapel in London. It originally was...

    Ben Uri was founded by Lazar Berson, an émigré Russian artist, in 1915 in Whitechapel in London. It originally was an art venue for Jewish immigrant artists who were unable to gain access to mainstream art societies at that time, due to the social discrimination and obstacles faced by migrant communities. 

     

  • Scene of the inside of a coffee shop

    A registered charity as well as a museum, Ben Uri was the cornerstone of the Jewish community’s cultural activity until the late 1970s. Ben Uri Art Society, as it was then, lost its gallery in 1995 when the synagogue building, in which it was housed, was sold. 

  • Abstract painting on Mornington Crescent in London

    A new Board of Trustees was elected in October 2000, led by current Executive Chair, David Glasser, to deliver a radical strategy to reshape and reposition the institution. The charity/museum was relaunched in 2001 by the new Board, with a new name, Ben Uri Gallery and Museum.  It rented its current temporary gallery in St. John’s Wood in June 2002. It was seen as a  ‘start up’ museum, piloting its way into the centre of Britain’s mainstream arena. 

  • Portrait of a French maid

    Since 2001, Ben Uri has curated 90 exhibitions, toured to 24 different cities across 3 continents, published over 40 books and catalogues which have been distributed nationally and internationally, and has produced over 90 short films. It’s research on immigrant artists is recognised internationally. Ben Uri has also pioneered a new approach to using art differently through its Arts and Dementia programming being fully researched and planned to be a national standard for art galleries and museums. 

     

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