Finding Feibusch - an illustrated talk

Sunday, 15 November 2020 14:00 - 17:00
St John's Church Waterloo, London SE1

An illustrated talk on Hans Feibusch and his forgotten murals in churches all over London and the South East by Emma Rose Barber. Part of European Days of Jewish Heritage and Culture, organised by B’nai B’rith UK.

Hans Feibusch (1898-1998) was a superb visionary 20th-century artist few people have ever heard of. He was a German Jewish painter and sculptor who fled Nazi Germany to live in Britain from 1933 until his death. Astonishingly, he is responsible for more murals in Church of England churches than any other artist in its entire history, yet he is only now beginning to receive the attention he deserves.

This talk will be a virtual tour of some of his ecclesiastical paintings with a particular focus on those he painted in austere, but striking 1950s’ built churches in south-east London and east Sussex.

The talk begins with the mural he painted for St Alban the Martyr near Holborn, where he worshipped after he had converted to Christianity. It will then look at other murals in churches such as St Mary the Virgin, Welling and All Saints, Shooters Hill. Subjects such as the Resurrection show you his bold and innovative figure painting style as well as some of the unusual things he does with colour, poses, and gestures.

By the end of the talk, you might just be a Hans Feibusch fan!


Emma Rose Barber is an art historian who has been teaching adults for over 25 years. She has spent the last five years with a Mini A-Z of London looking for churches to write about, many of which can be found on her blog. Her book, 111 Churches In London That You Shouldn’t Miss, is being published in Autumn 2020. She is also writing a Cultural History of Wayfaring.

This event is part of European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage organised in the UK by B’nai B’rith. B’nai B’rith UK is a cross-communal organisation whose aim is to bring Jewish people together to promote tolerance, strengthen the Jewish Community, combat racial and religious prejudice, and to help the less fortunate and the disadvantaged. The theme for this year’s European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage is 'Jewish Journeys'.


*COVID-19 UPDATE (30th October, 2020)

Under Tier 2 restrictions, the event will happen in the church following social distancing rules and guidelines as dictated by the Government. St John's, as a cultural venue and a Covid-secure space, is permitted to host such events. We're looking forward to hosting you in the church.

The event will also be broadcast live online via Zoom. You can register for an online-only ticket. You will be sent a Zoom link in the running up to the event.

In the case of London moving into Tier 3, the event will go ahead online and a Zoom link will be sent out to everyone. In case of any technical questions about Zoom, do kindly get in touch with us ahead of the event.

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