What makes Ben Uri different from other art museums?

Using Art Differently !

  • Our Jewish, refugee and immigrant heritage dominates our focus including the Collection, our Exhibitions and most importantly our greatly respected Research Unit for the study of the Jewish, refugee and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900.

  • Our 15 year dedication to developing Arts and Mental Health interventions for the exponentially growing over 70s often living in social isolation and or with dementia.

  • Recognising that art, our collection, exhibitions, and research programmes should be accessible to the widest possible audiences nationally and internationally, and this can only be achieved digitally. 


Who was Ben Uri? 

The Ben Uri Art Society was founded in 1915 in the East End of London and named after Bezalel Ben Uri, the craftsman-builder of the Tabernacle, who is mentioned in Exodus 31. 


Is Ben Uri solely a virtual web based art museum or is there a physical building too we can visit?

Yes, there is a vibrant physical gallery at 108a Boundary Road, off the famous Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood, London NW8 0RH which inspires the increased and wider content online.


Are all the Collection works fully digitised and searchable? 

Yes, see Collections in the content menu / site map. 


How do we search the Collection for a particular artist?

Go to ‘Collection' on the content menu / site map and type in the artist’s name in either of the two Search boxes provided.


How do we search the Research Unit for a particular person?

Go to ‘Research’ on the content menu / site map and click on the links to published and or still under research.


How do we search the Ben Uri Archives?

Go to ‘Archives’ on the content menu / site map and select either ‘View BURU Archive Records’ and type in your reference in the Search bar or 'View Century of Ben Uri Exhibitions’ and scroll down and review by year and follow the links.


Can we read and download Ben Uri’s research on the Collection artists and the Research Unit’s profiles?

Yes, but only print for educational and non-commercial purposes and full credits must be recognised.


What will we find online compared to the gallery in London?

Online you will find far greater scale and volume of content and programming. See the What's on at the Ben Uri Gallery London page for details of this month's programme.


When is the London gallery open?

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 5.30pm when exhibitions are running. Always check the What's on at the Ben Uri Gallery London page for details.


How do we get to Ben Uri? 

There is parking both sides of Boundary Road but pay the side you park as different boroughs. Bus numbers 139 and 189 go down Abbey Road and stop outside Boundary Road. There are numerous tube stations a short walk away including St John’s Wood, Kilburn, South Hampstead, Maida Vale. 


Does Ben Uri support internships and if so how can I apply ?
Yes we do offer career targeted internships. Please see ‘Opportunities' in the 'About Ben Uri' section for details.


Does the gallery support disabled or wheelchair access?

Yes, we have a ramp but owing to the steepness of the stairs to the lower floor, we offer a screen on the ground floor to present the artworks on display downstairs.


Is Ben Uri a limited company and registered charity?

Yes, to both: Company number 01488690 / Charity number 280389.


How is Ben Uri funded?

We do not receive one penny of public or guaranteed funding and rely on you, our interested public, who respect our dedication and innovative approach to develivering our charitable objects. We need your financial support, whether by ‘buying us a, or hopefully many, cups of coffee’ or becoming a Friend, a Patron, or an online page, or artwork, or department Sponsor. See ’Support Us’ on the content menu / site map.


How do we contact you?

Always best by email to admin@benuri.org or leave a voice message on 0207 604 3991 and we will respond as soon as we can.


Sorry but here is a list of some things we cannot help with:

Valuations; Opinions on who the artist is or views on authentication; Respond to unsolicited exhibition approaches.