What is BURU?
BURU is the Ben Uri Research Unit for the Study of the Jewish and Immigrant Contribution to the Visual Arts in Britain since 1900. It is based at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum at 108A Boundary Road, St John’s Wood, London NW8 ORH.
Who is BURU?
Sarah MacDougall is Head of BURU and Ben Uri Collections.
Rachel Dickson is Head of Curatorial Services and Senior Researcher at BURU
Nicola Baird is Research Officer at BURU
What does BURU do?
BURU aims to centralise research on and record the Jewish and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900, principally via our digital resource known as BURU online. This database is currently under development and will be launched later this year.
Further outcomes of BURU research include our programme of exhibitions, related events and publications, audio recordings (including oral histories, curatorial and guest talks), film, and links to external resources.
What is BURU online?
BURU online is the first comprehensive online resource recording the lives and careers of major immigrant contributors to British visual culture since 1900. It includes immigrant artists (and those born to immigrant parents within ten years of their arrival) and related professionals (e.g. curators, gallerists, dealers, patrons, publishers, critics, teachers and art suppliers), as well as their professional affiliations and networks.
BURU online is in development and will be available shortly.
This database is the principal outcome of our ongoing research and is an extension of previous research carried out by our Collections and Curatorial team for our related site exploring the Ben Uri Collection. The information is searchable in a number of ways.
WHO IS BURU online for?
BURU online is aimed at researchers, academics, students, provenance researchers, those interested in exile and migration studies, and interested members of the public, including family members and estates, auction houses, art dealers and the publishing industry.
BURU online database is the principal outcome of ongoing research into Jewish and/or immigrant artists. The research is carried out by our Collections and Curatorial team.
Our database includes the following people:
- Immigrant artists to Britain since 1900
- Artists born to immigrant parents within 10 years of the former’s arrival
- Artists adversely affected by the period of National Socialism, c. 1933-45
- OTHER PEOPLE OF SPECIAL INTEREST
- Immigrant scholars
- Immigrant curators
- Immigrant critics
- Immigrant teachers
- Immigrant art suppliers
- Immigrant gallerists
- Immigrant dealers
- Immigrant patrons
WHAT INFO ARE WE SUPPLYING ON PEOPLE?
- Year of birth, year of death
- City (where known) and country of birth
- City (where known) and country of death
- Year of immigration to Britain
- Reason for immigration to Britain
- Principal city/cities of residence in Britain
- Short biography
- Education at art school (where applicable), e.g. a student or teacher
- Work in public collections (e.g. Tate, British Museum etc)
- Honours (e.g. RA, Sir etc)
- Selected exhibition history: Major museum exhibitions during lifetime and major posthumous museum exhibitions
- Selected literature: e.g. biographies, monographs
- Photo credit (photographer)
- Photo credit (copyright)
HOW IS THE SITE SEARCHABLE?
- It will be searchable by the categories above
Academic papers available by our researchers: