The Journey of Things, an exhibition by Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE, Chancellor for the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), brings together more than 50 of her own works alongside a large selection of objects from across the globe, spanning 3,000 years.
A UCA alumna, Professor Odundo graduated from the West Surrey College of Art & Design – now UCA Farnham – in 1976 with a first-class degree. She has since gone on to achieve international acclaim for her work and is renowned as one of the world’s greatest contemporary potters.
The exhibition will launch on 15 February at The Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire and, alongside Professor Odundo’s own work, will feature British studio pottery by Hans Coper and Lucy Rie, ancient vessels from Greece and Egypt, historic ceramics from Africa, Asia and Central America, and much more. The Journey of Things will explore Odundo’s interest in her own diasporic identity and the charged role that objects have played, and continue to play, in intercultural relationships today.
Professor Odundo said: “I am excited and looking forward to enabling visitors to experience my work within the context of the very many cultures, histories and works of art that I have had the privilege of studying and taken inspiration from over the last 40 years.”