December 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Artist-in-residence Tom Berry will work in the gallery space, creating works based on the survival story of Kindertransport survivor, Bea Green, and her son, Paul Green.
Come and watch Tom in action and celebrate what survival meant to Bea and Paul.
This event is free to attend and is a drop-in session held in the Welcome Gallery on the ground floor.
You are most welcome to engage with Tom when he is in the gallery.
Tom is a London based artist who enjoys taking everyday objects and scenes and adding his own unique twist to them. Read more about Tom.
Bea Green was born in Munich in 1924. As a child of 8 years, she witnessed her father being brutally beaten and forced to walk the streets with a sign around his neck. In 1939, Bea came to England on the Kindertransport. After the war, she was fortunately reunited with her parents and has made England her home ever since.
Today, Bea continues to raise awareness around the country on the dangers of antisemitism and intolerance.
Read a full profile on Bea Green.
Paul is the son of Bea and has kindly offered to be featured as part of this artist-in-residence program. We interviewed Paul about himself and thoughts on his mother’s work.
Paul, tell us about yourself:
I live in San Francisco with my wife, where we raised our two children. I am a professor of neuropharmacology at the University of California San Francisco doing research in the physiology of chronic pain.
What was the impact on your life of your mother having been on the Kindertransport?
My mother always felt it was important to tell my brothers and me about her and her family’s experiences living in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power, her escape on the Kindertransport and her parent’s efforts, eventually successful attempts to escape. The vivid stories and personal connection with history made us aware at a young age the importance of knowing about history, politics and human nature, and always be mindful that dictators can arise in any country!
What do you feel about your mum being in the exhibition and her work with schools?
I am very proud of my Mum’s role in this exhibition, as well as for all the talks and interviews she has given to school and other groups over the last few years. I know that hearing the first-hand accounts of the historical events my Mum has experienced has much more of an impact compared to reading about these events in a book.
We are grateful to our supporters:
The Association of Jewish Refugees
Heritage Lottery Fund
Sir Michael Moritz
Sybilla and Leo Friedler Charitable Trust
Arts Council England