Yearbook Volume 19 continues an investigation which began with Arts in Exile in Britain 1933-45 (Volume 6, 2004). Twelve chapters, ten in English and two in German, address and analyse the significant contribution of émigrés across the applied arts, embracing mainstream practices such as photography, architecture, advertising, graphics, printing, textiles and illustration, alongside less well known fields of animation, typography and puppetry. New research adds to narratives surrounding familiar émigré names such as Oskar Kokoschka and Wolf Suschitzky, while revealing previously hidden contributions from lesser known practitioners. Overall, the volume provides a valuable addition to the understanding of the applied arts in Britain from the 1930s onwards, particularly highlighting difficulties faced by refugees attempting to continue fractured careers in a new homeland.
Contributors are: Rachel Dickson, Burcu Dogramaci, Deirdre Fernand, Fran Lloyd, David Low, John March, Sarah MacDougall, Anna Nyburg, Pauline Paucker, Ines Schlenker, Wilfried Weinke, and Julia Winckler.
Marian Malet, PhD (1973), University of Illinois, Urbana, USA. Taught USA and UK. Researcher Dada/Surrealism, later Exile Studies. Founder member Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, London University. Co-editor with Shulamith Behr, Arts in Exile: Politics and Cultural Identity (Rodopi 2004).
Rachel Dickson is Senior Research Manager, Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Émigré Contribution to British Visual Culture from 1900, and jointly responsible for exhibitions, research and publications. A member of the Research Committee for German and Austrian Exile Studies, her focus is on Jewish émigré artists arriving in Britain from the late 1900s and 1933–45.
Sarah MacDougall is Senior Research Manager at Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Émigré Contribution to British Visual Culture from 1900, and specialises in émigré artists/artists of Jewish descent working in Britain. She is a member of the Research Committee for German and Austrian Exile Studies.
Anna Nyburg is an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial College London. Her PhD subject was refugee art publishers in Britain and she has published two books on this topic as well as on refugee designers. A Committee member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, she co- produced a film about refugee designers in 2017.
All those interested in the history of the applied arts in Britain and the experience and contribution of refugees to British visual culture in the 1930s and postwar period.