Adult Programmes

Ben Uri is committed to lifelong learning and engagement with art, and we have a rich adult programme to allow all ages to enjoy art within the gallery.

What's On: Workshops, Talks, Screenings, Events


We offer monthly art workshops for adults exploring a wide variety of art forms from drawing to printmaking to textiles. 


The Austrian Art of Bauernmalerei

Working with artist and illustrator Millie Nice, learn how to paint and decorate a small trinket box using the Austrian folk art tradition of Bauernmalerei.

All materials are included in the price of your ticket including the trinket box.

Beginners and experienced artists are welcome.

£20/£18 concessions*

*Concessions are: Friends of Ben Uri, students, over 65s and those claiming Income Support.

Talks Programme

Curatorial Tours - Out of Austria

This exhibition showcases some of the painters, sculptors and graphic artists, who fled to the UK during the era of National Socialism. It examines their experiences, careers, impact and legacy as émigré artists in the UK.

Enjoy an informative tour of the exhibition with curator Sarah MacDougall on the following dates:

Lunchtime tour 
Wednesday 28th March 1pm-2pm. Tickets £10/£8 concessions* 

Evening tour 
Tuesday 24th April 6.30pm-7.30pm. Tickets £10/£8 concessions* 

*Friends of Ben Uri, students, over 65s, those receiving JSA or Income Support

Image credit:  Hugo Dachinger, Portrait of a Man (Huyton Internment Camp), 1940 | Ben Uri Collection © The Estate of Hugo Dachinger

Half-day Study Session - Out of Austria

Monday 16 April 2pm-5.30pm

This half-day study session has been timed to coincide with the exhibition 'Out of Austria', marking the 80th anniversary of the Anschluss, and exploring the impact and legacy of Austrian artists who fled during the Nazi era to settle in Great Britain.

Attendees can enjoy a private view of the exhibition and six wide-ranging papers by leading academics and specialists in the field:

  • Prof. Charmian Brinson speaking about the Austrian Centre and Young Austria in Wartime Britain
  • Kathe Deutsch, on artist Eric Deutsch 
  • Prof. Fran Lloyd speaking about artist Ernst Eisenmayer
  • Dr. Anna Nyburg speaking about Austrian émigré publishers
  • Dr. Ines Schlenker speaking about artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky
  • Dr. Jennifer Taylor speaking about Robert Lucas, a Viennese Cabaret Writer at the BBC

Papers will last around 20 minutes with the opportunity for Q&A afterwards. There will be one 30 minute break. Refreshments are provided nearby.

The study day will be dedicated to Ernst Eisenmayer who sadly passed away on 23 March 2018, aged 98.

The Learning Team have recorded a series of Oral History Testimonies from migrants and refugees through the generations.

Access Oral History Testimonies



See below for a selection of interviews from recent exhibitions at the gallery.


Art out of the Bloodlands: A Century of Polish Artists in Britain

Listen to excerpts from an oral history interview with artist Maja Ngom. Learn about Maja's heritage and upbringing, and how this has impacted on the work she makes, as well as her plans for the future.

 Listen to further interviews from artists featured in the exhibition


Refugees: The Lives of Others

Listen to a lecture on Grete Marks by Dr Katie McGown, curator at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury Kent.

Listen to further interviews from German migrants including Holocaust survivors


International Women's Day

Women’s Words

Listen to Daisy, Ruth Sands, Gerta Regensburger and Elia Adler from the University of the Third Age talk about their experiences of migration from Germany and Austria.