Freud is a German-born painter who was the most celebrated British figurative painter of the late 20th century.
Peter Moro was born in Germany and moved to London, becoming one of the UK’s most prominent post-war architects. He designed many public buildings including the Royal Festival Hall and the Nottingham Playhouse.
Judith is an author and illustrator who fled from Nazi Germany as a child and went on to publish award-winning autobiographical novels for children about her experiences.
Kurt Schwitters is one of the major artists of European modernism, famous for his collage works in a technique he called ‘Merz.’
Marina is an author whose first book, A short history of tractors in Ukrainian, sold over a million copies worldwide.
Robert Vas was a documentary filmmaker from Hungary who saw his artistic mission as being to remind and warn audiences of the abuses of power.
George Szirtes is a painter-turned-poet originally from Hungary who writes about England and Englishness as well as his Hungarian origins in his poetry and translation work.
Writing, for Gillian Slovo, is best described as a process of interrogation into what happens when individual lives are caught up in political events – her latter works explore her experience as the daughter of anti-apartheid activists in South Africa.
Eva was born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia where she trained as an architect and came to London in 1968. She was awarded a CBE for services to interior design.
Mona Hatoum is a Palestinian video artist and installation artist born in Lebanon who explores the harshness of life and exile using a variety of media.
Hong is a visual artist whose work is a journey of self discovery, exploring universal themes of love, loss, separation and hope.
Zory is an Iranian visual artist whose work explores displacement, exploitation and gender oppression.
Singer and guitarist Tea Hodzic was born in Bosnia but is now based in the UK. She performs traditional Bosnian music.
Khyam Allami is a Syrian oud player, collaborator and musical explorer who has performed at WOMAD, the BBC Proms and London 2012 Festival, the cultural festival that accompanied the Olympics.
Rita Ora is a British singer, songwriter and actress born in Kosovo who had the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012.
Vesna is a travel writer, journalist, and author of ‘Bluebird: a Memoir’.
Koutaiba is a Film Director and Photographer who left Iraq when he was 17. His first feature film was released in 2010.
Hamid is a poet and author from Uzbekistan, and Writer in Residence at the BBC’s World Service.
Natasha Davis is a performance and visual artist whose work explores body, memory, identity and migration. Her embodied practice as performer informs her research as a subject through her own experiences of displacement and migration.
Behjat is a Kurdish artist whose art reflects the feelings and stories of war that cannot be shared or explained.
Jasim is a Kurdish visual artist whose work is influenced by his personal experiences of war, displacement and the fight for justice.
Maryam is a London-based Iranian artist whose work brings past and present together. Her subjects are mostly women.
Ibrahim Fakhri is a Syrian artist and curator primarily concerned with the civil activism in Syria and the Middle East. He has exhibited the graffiti of the Syrian Revolution in venues in Europe and the UK.
Emad is a Iraqi visual artist who worked as a teacher in the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad before moving to the UK. He’s exhibited his work in the UK, the USA and across the Middle East.
Lucy is a Ugandan-born visual artist who works with a variety of mediums. Her work uses symbols to express her feelings about her experience of the world and the universality of birth, growth, death and decay.