Traces Project

An untold history of contributions to arts and culture from men and women who have sought safety in the UK from conflict and persecution.

1933 

Lucian Freud

Freud is a German-born painter who was the most celebrated British figurative painter of the late 20th century.

1939 

Eva Frankfurther

Eva Frankfurther was a figurative painter originally from Germany, whose subjects were also her fellow migrant workers in and around Whitechapel.

Frank Auerbach

Auerbach is a German-born British painter, famous for his impasto painting technique and considered one of the world’s greatest living artists.

1940 

Josef Herman OBE

Josef Herman was a highly-regarded figurative painter who fled from pre-war Poland in the 1930s. He is best known for his works depicting Welsh miners.

Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters is one of the major artists of European modernism, famous for his collage works in a technique he called ‘Merz.’

1975 

Mona Hatoum

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.

1980 

Hong Dam

Hong is a visual artist whose work is a journey of self discovery, exploring universal themes of love, loss, separation and hope.

1985 

Zory Shahrokhi

Zory is an Iranian visual artist whose work explores displacement, exploitation and gender oppression.

1997 

Alketa Xhafa Mripa

Alketa Xhafa Mripa is a Kosovo born conceptual artist and activist whose work focuses on human rights issues including women’s liberation

1998 

Natasha Davis

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.

1999 

Behjat Omer Abdulla

Behjat is a Kurdish artist whose art reflects the feelings and stories of war that cannot be shared or explained.

2000 

Jasim Ghafur

Jasim is a Kurdish visual artist whose work is influenced by his personal experiences of war, displacement and the fight for justice.

2002 

Maryam Hashemi

Maryam is a London-based Iranian artist whose work brings past and present together. Her subjects are mostly women.

2004 

Ibrahim Fakhri

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.

2009 

Emad Altaay

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.