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.

Dawn Chorus

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

Waiting

Children aged 2 - 13 years on Puffin Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital have created an animation inspired by patients waiting to have major operations, and by the story of the foundlings waiting to leave the Foundling Hospital. Made in partnership with the GO Create! art programme, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Animation shown in our Introductory Gallery Project Space. Watch it here.