Map of 19th century Jewish life on display

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

This rare map, dated 1889, showing the distribution of Jews living in East London has just gone on display in the capital.

Created by cartographer George Arkell, it covers an area stretching three miles, from the borders of the City of London to Mile End, and reveals that the highest concentration of Jews — from 95 to 100 per cent, shown in blue — was located in and around Whitechapel.


UK's artistic bid to boost Israel ties

June 27, 2013

Artists are being urged to submit proposals for an annual collaborative project between Britain and Israel. The Bi Arts programme was first run in 1995 and is now being relaunched.


Booking in at Mansion House

By Barry Toberman, June 21, 2013

Over 100 supporters of Israeli art gathered in the sumptuous surrounds of London’s Mansion House last Friday lunchtime for the official launch of the UK publication of a pictorial history.


Art House in the frame

By Barry Toberman, June 5, 2013

There is even greater incentive for creative talents to enter this year’s Art House contest run by the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green.

For not only will the best entries be part of a seven-week exhibit at LJCC — the three pieces selected as the pick of the crop will earn the artists prizes of £2,000, £1,000 and £500.


Gallery aims to attract strictly Orthodox to Lithuania exhibition

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

An art gallery is mounting an exhibition by a Jewish artist that it hopes will attract local strictly Orthodox Jews.

The Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead is displaying prints by Naomi Alexander exploring her Jewish roots in eastern Europe. The exhibition, which is called Once Upon a Time in Lithuania, consists of over 70 works.


Culture Minister bid to keep tapestries in the UK

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

Culture minister ed Vaizey has extended an export ban on rare silk tapestries depicting Jerusalem’s first and second temples. The move comes after a British buyer expressed a serious interest in purchasing the hangings which are on sale for £120,000. The ban will run until August 20.


Chagall exhibition to open at Tate Liverpool

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2013

An exhibition dedicated to the career of Russian-Jewish artist Marc Chagall is to open in Liverpool next month.

Fifteen years after the last major retrospective of his work in the UK, and 27 years after his death at the age of 97, Tate Liverpool is to remind art-lovers of the modernist painter's genius.


Grand gestures in art and religion

By Naftali Brawer, May 13, 2013

The Tate Modern's current retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein's pop art includes a series of 1960s paintings called "brushstrokes". In these paintings, the Jewish artist parodies abstract expressionists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning who freely expressed their feelings through "action painting" by throwing, smearing or dripping paint on canvas.


Arts value is ‘far beyond money’

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2013

The benefits of the arts cannot always be measured in economic terms, leading figures in the Jewish cultural sphere warned this week.


Review: #Aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

By John Nathan, April 26, 2013

Howard Brenton’s play is based on the artist Ai Weiwei’s account of 81 days of detention by the Chinese authorities, as described in journalist Barnaby Martin’s book The Hanging Man. Director James Macdonald presents it as a piece of modern art. The theatre’s stage has been stripped back to whitewashed walls.