Exhibition: Travelling Companions

10 October 2021 - 3 December 2021

Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Travelling Companions is an exhibition by artists Judy Goldhill and Fay Ballard.

This exhibition explores personal belongings as 'travelling companions to life' which unlock thoughts, feelings and memories, and the notion of the skies and stars as travelling companions to explorers navigating their passage across the globe. Curated by Ro Spankie, author of ‘An Anecdotal Guide to Sigmund Freud’s Desk’ (Freud Museum London). 

The exhibition has re-opened and will run until 3 December 2021

Works are displayed on all four floors of the building

Open on weekdays from 09:00 – 19:00

Fay Ballard makes drawings, recent exhibitions include ‘Breathe’ Freud Museum London and ‘Transylvanian Florilegium’, National Gallery, Bucharest, Romania. Visiting Artist Hammersmith Hospital 2017 & 2018, she sits on Arts & Health Committee, Imperial Health Charity for NHS. 

Judy Goldhill is a photographer, maker of films and artists’ books and artist in residence at the Physics and Astronomy Department, University College London. Recent exhibitions include ‘Breathe’ Freud Museum London 2018, and Raki’a screened at the Venice Biennale as part of the Alive in The Universe project, 2019.

Ro Spanke is a designer, teacher and researcher and a Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster. She is author of ‘An Anecdotal Guide to Sigmund Freud’s Desk’ (Freud Museum London).



View the online exhibition catalogue



Visit the online exhibition

Alongside the exhibition, fellow travellers have been invited to describe their travelling companions in image and text in an online exhibition. Released in digital format these range from representations of self, of home, of someone loved, to more practical things that the individual can’t travel without, these objects both expand on ideas in the exhibition and form a reminder that none of us travels empty-handed.


Exhibition walk-through

Exhibition Private View Thursday 5 March 2020, 18:00 – 20:00

The exhibition runs from 2 March – 10 April 2020

Works are displayed on all four floors of the building

Open weekdays from 09:00 – 19:00 (in term), 09:00 – 17:00 (out of term)



Exhibition Symposium: What or Who is your Travelling Companion? 

Saturday 7 March 2020  from 15:00 – 17:00 in room SG1 at the Alison Richard Building.
An event in which science meets the humanities in order to explore the theme of the exhibition. 


Part of the Cambridge Festival of Science

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