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The lives & works of four Czech/Slovak émigré artists in Britain

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sarah MacDougall explores the contrasting lives, careers and legacy of four artists of Czech-Jewish heritage – Fred Feigl, Hella Guth, Ernst Neuschul and Freda Salvendy. The majority are represented in the Ben Uri Collection. This event will also be livestreamed.

On the eve of the Second World War, fearing Nazi persecution, they fled from Prague to Britain. Fred Feigl and Hella Guth, settled in London; Ernest Neuschul initially found refuge in Wales and Freda Salvendy made her home in Cornwall

Despite their geographical divergence, all benefitted from wartime refugee cultural support in London from bodies including the Czechoslovak Institute, the Czech Refugee Trust Fund, and the Free German League of Culture, under whose auspices the First Group Exhibition of German, Austrian, Czechoslovakian Painters and Sculptors was held at the Wertheim Gallery in 1939.


Sarah MacDougall is Director of Scholarship at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum. She heads the collection and exhibitions programme focusing on the Jewish, refugee and wider immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900 and has lectured and published widely on this subject. She is a committee member of the German and Austrian Research Centre for Exile Studies at the University of London.

Booking is essential via Eventbrite to attend in person or receive the online link (see below)

BCSA subscription members enjoy free entry. Non-members £10, full-time students £5.

Light refreshments will be served following the talk.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BCSA School Support Fund established in 2004 to provide support for English language skills in Czech and Slovak schools and other educational institutions. For more information, see


Prague, c. 1938, watercolour by Freda Salvendy. Image: Ben Uri Collection © The Estate of Freda Salvendy.





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