Animals to Remember Uganda - Camden Art Centre

Andrew Omoding’s work is largely autobiographical, containing references to his childhood memories of Uganda, including the civil war which culminated in his migration to the UK as a refugee when he was 12 years old, and his perceptions of life as an artist with learning-disabilities.

Omoding has a longstanding relationship with Camden Art Centre—building on his role as a workshop leader on our SEN Schools Programme, and as Artist-in-Residence in 2019, he will now return for a major solo exhibition. Involving newly commissioned work developed site-responsively, reclaiming abandoned materials from his immediate surroundings and metalwork produced with a London foundry, the installation will embrace the vibrant and energetic breadth of Omoding’s practice, involving music, sound, performance and video.

Omoding’s works are a both a communicative tool and a medium through which he processes his experiences, past and present. As such, they celebrate his African heritage and memories and intimations of home, family and the African continent. Amid the complex and at times contradictory nature of everyday life, Omoding looks to material, sound, and movement as a connective and propulsive force. Through his practice, Omoding extends the language of sculpture to encompass an ineffable yet magnetic quality that lies within his assemblages.

The Artist

The Artist

Andrew Omoding (b. 1987, Uganda) lives and works in London. His sculptural forms, constructed from found material, fabric, and other macrame, are often autobiographical in nature. His early childhood in Uganda, migration to the United Kingdom as a young refugee, and subsequent life in London have all informed the intuitive, systematic, dynamic and methods he employs in the creation of his works. In his multi-media practice, Omoding’s innate conceptualization of colour, form, texture, and space are on full vibrant display.

Recent solo exhibitions include Welcome to Me, Scarborough. To See and Hold My Work, Woodend Gallery, Scarborough (2022); EXPLORERS Conference: Art, Rights and Representation, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (2019); It’s my work, come see, come see., Camden Art Centre, London (2019); and Art, Materiality and Representation, SOAS University of London, London (2018). Recent group shows include Season One, Cromwell Place, London (2022); Shaking the Everyday, Cockpit Arts, London (2021); Summer Exhibition 2021, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2021); The Future Is Loading, Shape Arts, virtual (2020); Prints!, Project Ability, Glasgow (2019); Outside In: Journeys, Sotheby’s, London (2018); Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, Craftspace, Aberystwyth (2017); and The Shop of Curiosity, The Geddes Gallery, London (2016). In 2019, Omoding was the artist in residence at Camden Art Centre, and he has held other residencies at the Barbican Arts Group Trust and Craftspace.