Edmund De Waal - fetched home
By The University of Sheffield
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Delicate porcelain vessels stand on a shelf, obscured by frosted glass. These vessels tell a story. A story of homecoming. For world-renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal that story is personal. He is the son of a refugee. In 1939 his Jewish father, then just a boy, aged nine, fled Vienna with his uncle. Their home had been ravaged by the Nazis. Carrying nothing with them but a single suitcase, they gained visas and sought sanctuary in England. Perhaps inevitably, ideas of homelessness, exile and belonging have long influenced Edmund’s works, which are displayed in galleries across the world. When the Sheffield alumnus and honorary graduate learnt about the University of Sheffield’s long-standing tradition of welcoming refugee staff and students, he wanted to honour it and gave the university a gift .Find out more about the gift, and listen to Edmund speak about homelessness in this collection.
|1||VideoOn the Eve of Departure: Homelessness, Exile and Art||In this public lecture, Edmund De Waal discusses place and displacement in poetry and the visual arts. His talk draws from his own family history and his practice as an artist and a writer. Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “Edmund is an acclaimed artist and author, but more importantly he has the greatest empathy for the people and journeys which make up our history. ‘On the Eve of Departure: Homelessness, Exile and Art’ is part of the University’s annual Festival of Arts and Humanities and the city’s wider Year of Making 2016 - a festival to demonstrate that making is in the city’s DNA, from advanced manufacturing to arts, music and theatre.||18 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
- Category: Arts
- Language: English
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