Ben Uri’s Centenary Year 2015: Future Plans and Goals
Ben Uri has had a rich and varied 100 year history from art society to museum, with many great achievements along the way in art, research and education. However, Ben Uri is choosing not to rest on its laurels, we have plans to make the next one hundred years as significant as the last one hundred. From finding a new permanent gallery space to house the Ben Uri Collection, to growing our connections with the wider art and education world, here are a few of our future plans and goals.
The Ben Uri Collection, Exhibitions and Academic Research
- Centenary Exhibition: In 2015 we will present a major survey exhibition at Somerset House to celebrate Ben Uri’s centenary, acknowledging both our émigré history and our contemporary role engaging with other more recent émigré communities in Britain
- The Ben Uri Archive: We plan to preserve, catalogue and make widely accessible Ben Uri’s archive within the next year. Our extensive archive dates from Ben Uri’s beginnings in 1916, and will include original translations of Yiddish material.
Frank Auerbach, Mornington Crescent, Summer Morning II (2004)
Ben Uri’s Education and Learning Department
- Dementia support: To develop our new programme of drawing workshops for people living with dementia and their carers.
- Ben Uri Youth Forum: We plan to set up within Ben Uri a group in which young people can develop and manage their own events and activities at the gallery.
- Travelling exhibitions: To create a travelling exhibition of Ben Uri artworks and an accompanying activities programme for the residents of care homes across London.
- Local community: The Learning Team will be developing a monthly programme of free, visual arts activities in the gallery for people in the local community.
Dora Holzhandler, Mother and Children in Holland Park (1997)
The Ben Uri Gallery
- Permanent gallery space: To find a new, permanent gallery space in a central London location with room to exhibit our internationally acclaimed collection. The Ben Uri Collection remains a hidden treasure, with only a small selection of its artworks being shown, either part of temporary or touring exhibitions in museums both within the UK and worldwide.
- Sharing Events: To put on regular ‘collaborative events’ with other galleries and art museums, for example our the intern development sharing event taking place in September, which will help us build links with other institutions and expand our influence in the professional art world.
- Catalogues: To continue to produce exemplary catalogues to accompany our exhibitions. We have published over 40 catalogues to date, which are distributed internationally.
- Touring exhibitions: To continue to develop and expand our influence beyond the walls of our gallery space through touring exhibitions, hosted off-site at national and international venues.
Jacob Epstein, Shulamite Woman (1935)
Support Ben Uri
The next chapter in Ben Uri’s history will include new forays into educational programmes, academia, touring exhibitions and we will of course continue our hunt for a new permanent home for Ben Uri’s extensive collection. Ben Uri receives no funding from the government, we need the support of our visitors and donors to continue our journey as a world class art museum and educational charity. If you believe we deserve your support in recognition of our engagement with the public, our national and international touring exhibitions or our learning programmes which are accessible to 25,000 schools across the country, then please consider donating as part of our Centenary Club Appeal.
You can find more information on donating here: http://po.st/GOWSoj