Attending this event

Anna Nyburg

Anna Nyburg is an Honorary Lecturer at Imperial college London where she has taught languages for many years. Her PhD dissertation (2009) in Exile Studies studied the way in which refugees from Nazism transformed art publishing in Britain. She has published and spoken on this topic at the V&A Museum and The Jewish Museum London. She is a committee member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the University of London.

Robert Sternberg

Robert Sternberg is a documentary filmmaker and senior lecturer at Imperial College London, where he runs the Masters programme in Science Media Production. In 2016 he completed the documentary The Fear of Thirteen (Netflix) and is currently working on a film about rural India. Refuge Britain is conceived as the first in a series of films celebrating the contribution to British culture of refugees and immigrants from around the world.

Films screening at this event

Refuge Britain: Stories of Émigré Designers

Robert Sternberg
44 min
Anna Nyburg, Robert Sternberg

Commercial artists Tibor Reich, Elisabeth Tomalin and Hans Schleger had two things in common: they all arrived in the UK as refugees from Nazi Europe, and they all revolutionised British design, introducing modern (and modernist) concepts and practices in graphic (Schleger) and textile (Tomalin and Reich) designs. This fascinating documentary, featuring the artists’ children and grandchildren (including Thomas Heatherwick), celebrates their unique contribution, and that of immigrants as a whole.

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