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Sukkot: Seeking Shelter

25 September 2017 - 3 December 2017

To mark the festival of Sukkot, the Welcome Gallery at the Jewish Museum London will be transformed into the site of a new Sukkah installation.

The Sukkah will offer an immersive space for reflection on the universal theme of shelter as well as providing a sociable and inviting space.

A new commission from the celebrated design team of Alan Farlie and Tom Piper, the Sukkah installation takes its inspiration from the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Ban’s experiments building with cardboard and paper tubes, have provided low cost, environmentally friendly shelters for those who have lost their homes to wars and natural disasters.

The installation encourages visitors to consider the idea of the Sukkah in the context of the today’s world, where millions are in need of shelter.

Sukkot remembers the 40 years the Jewish people spent wandering in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. It is traditionally celebrated by building a temporary outdoor hut, called a Sukkah, in which families can eat, study and sleep during the week-long festival.

The installation will be accompanied by a Migration Festival, allowing visitors of all ages to explore more about Sukkot and stories of migration and refugees through events. Highlights will include:

Stories Under the Stars: Under 5s Storytelling

These free storytelling sessions will explore stories for children about journeys, friendship and understanding.

Slavery and Satire: Revealing Black History

Led by Black Heritage Tour Guide Lauren Johnson, these gallery tours will reveal objects relating to Black History and Black Jewish History in the museum’s collection.

Walk in Her Shoes: A Women’s Storytelling Event

This adult women’s multifaith storytelling event is being held in partnership with Nisa Nashim (the Jewish Muslim Women’s Network).

The Good Immigrant: Nikesh Shukla in Conversation

Nikesh Shukla, editor of the award-winning 2016 bestseller The Good Immigrant, will discuss why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay, and how the current political climate affects issues around race and migration.

Seeking Shelter Late

This late opening, held in partnership with Counterpoints Arts and Camden Council, will see the museum taken over by art installations, crafts and talks inspired by themes of journeys, migration and shelter.


For further information or images please contact:

Agnish Ray / David Lasserson - Brunswick Arts / 0207 936 1290

Notes to Editors

About Jewish Museum London

Our mission at the Jewish Museum London is to surprise, delight and engage all people, irrespective of background and faith, in the history, identity and culture of Jews in Britain. Set against a spacious and modern architectural backdrop with displays across four permanent galleries, the museum brings the Jewish story to life, placing it in a wider context of British history. Our exhibitions, events and learning programmes encourage a sense of discovery and aim to provoke questions, challenge prejudice, and encourage understanding.


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Address: Jewish Museum London

Raymond Burton House

129 – 131 Albert Street

London NW1 7NB

Tube: Camden Town

Opening: Daily 10am – 5pm (Friday: 10am – 2pm)

Admission to Sukkot: Seeking Shelter is free

Prices for Migration Festival events vary.

Museum Admission Prices:

Adults - £8.50

Concessions - £6.50

Children (5-16) - £3.50

Under 5s - free

Family ticket (two adults and up to four children) - £18

Tuesday 31st October, 2017

Press & filming

For press enquiries please contact: David Lasserson, Brunswick Arts on +44 (0)20 7936 1290