We work extensively with contemporary artists, writers and musicians, commissioning new work, hosting residencies, staging exhibitions and initiating projects
Superman was a Foundling
Award-winning poet and playwright, and 2014 Foundling Fellow, Lemn Sissay MBE has created Superman was a Foundling. Through mural and graphic work Sissay has created a striking visual exploration of fostering and adoption in popular culture.
Sissay's project aims to reveal and elevate fictional stars of popular and classic culture who were fostered, adopted and orphaned. Names range from characters from the foundation myth of Ancient Rome to Steig Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Renowned natural history sound recordist and 2014 Handel Foundling Fellow, Chris Watson, worked with young care-leavers recording the sounds of the dawn chorus on the site of the original Foundling Hospital.
Inspired by the genetic link today’s birds have with those that sang here for the eighteenth and nineteenth century foundlings, Watson’s installation links past and present through a poetic meditation on the importance of place
Mead's Mysterious Medicines
Children from Fox, Robin and Eagle wards at Great Ormond Street Hospital have created animations and medicine bottles inspired by the eighteenth-century medical recipes of the Foundling Hospital physician, Dr Richard Mead.
The children invented an imaginary medicine from personal ingredients, addressing their experiences of taking medicine as part of their treatment. Both the animation and installation can be seen in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery. View the animation here.
Composer in Residence
The Museum's inaugural Composer in Residence, Luke Styles, has been leading composition and music-making workshops with Year 6 children from Argyle Primary School and with pre-school children from Thomas Coram Nursery.
Luke will integrate the new music composed and performed in these workshops into a new work, a twenty-first century response to Handel's 'Foundling Hospital Anthem'.
Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
Since 2013, the Museum has run weekly art and music workshops with children and their parents from Thomas Coram Nursery.
These artist-led sessions allow children to experiment and explore through a variety of art activities, from sculpture and instrument making to drawing and painting.
Supported by funds from the Eranda Foundation.
Bach to Baby
These classical concerts for babies and their families were set up by mum and pianist Miaomiao Yu.
Performed by Miaomiao, and other internationally-renowned musicians, concerts at the Museum are inspired by Handel and take place in the beautiful Picture Gallery.