We work extensively with contemporary artists, writers and musicians, commissioning new work, hosting residencies, staging exhibitions and initiating projects
First year BA Jewellery Design students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, have made jewellery and art in response to the story of the Foundling Hospital. An exhibition of their work is displayed in the Introductory Gallery and Ante Room, while a selection of the student’s jewellery can be purchased from the Museum Shop.
BA Illustration and Visual Media students from the London College of Communication have made objects in response to the story of the Foundling Hospital and the Museum's Collection. Their work forms a book, hand-printed by the students, which is on display in the Ante Room on the first floor.
In summer 2015, a group of young people aged 15-17 took part in Holborn Community Association's youth filmmaking project in partnership with the Museum and 1A Arts. Attending scriptwriting, filmmaking and editing workshops with professional filmmakers, the group created a short documentary film on the theme of identity, inspired by the Museum’s Collection. The resulting film is on display in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery.
This project was funded by BBC Children in Need.
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 Great Ormond Street Hospital's bone marrow transplant and dialysis wards created animations and medicine bottles inspired by the eighteenth century medical recipes of the Foundling Hospital Governor, Dr Richard Mead.
Working with Foundling Museum curator and artist Emma Middleton, and animator Shelly Wain, the children compared the medicines of the past to the present, before inventing their own imaginary medicine using ingredients that addressed their personal experiences of treatment. Watch the animation here.
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.