Travelling Companions

An exhibition by Judy Goldhill and Fay Ballard, curated by Ro Spankie

Until 3 December 2021

Open weekdays from 9am – 7pm.
Works are located on all four floors of the Alison Richard Building.

This exhibition by Judy Goldhill and Fay Ballard 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).

View the online exhibition catalogue

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.

Visit the online exhibition

Travelling Companions online

What or who is your travelling companion? 

Exhibition symposium

Saturday 7 March 2020  from 3 – 5pm in room SG1 at the Alison Richard Building. 


Ro Spankie, Curator and Chair
Ro 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).

Fay Ballard
Fay 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
Judy 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.

Sarah Pickman
BA Anthropology, University of Chicago and MA Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center, USA. Sarah is currently researching material culture of exploration and travel based at Yale University.  

Revd Dr Ayla Lepine
Anglican priest, London. Her work explores theology and arts in Britain 19th century to present. MA and PhD Courtauld Institute of Art; postdoctoral fellowships Courtauld and Yale; Lecturer and Fellow in Art History, University of Essex 2014-18. Published widely including Architectural History and British Art Studies; co-edited books include Architecture and Religious Communities 1860-1970: Building the Kingdom (Routledge, 2018). 

Dr Ana Araujo
Architect, teacher and researcher at the Architectural Association, she completed her PhD at UCL in 2009 and is interested in the relationship between architecture and psychoanalysis.  Ana is currently working on a book on the American designer Florence Knoll.

Stephen M. Pompea 
Observatory Scientist, NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, Tucson Arizona. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Leiden and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona.

Benjamin Weil
PhD candidate researching blood donor activism surrounding the exclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) from blood donation at University College London. Interests include; Science and Technology Studies; Queer Studies; Queer Science and Technology Studies; HIV/AIDS; Risk; Sex and Porn Studies; Citizenship Studies; Affect/Emotions; Social Movements.

Part of the Cambridge Festival of Science