Our biennial Foundling Fellowships enable outstanding creative individuals to animate the relationship between philanthropy, creativity and children’s welfare. Each of our Fellows creates a project, idea or workshop to involve and inspire young people and contribute to the work of the Museum.

The Foundling Hospital was founded in 1739 by Thomas Coram. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth who encouraged the leading artists of the day to donate work, and the composer George Frideric Handel who gave annual benefit concerts of Messiah. 

Until 2014 the Foundling Fellowships were supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation

We celebrate their vision and continue their work, by enabling today’s artists, musicians and writers to work alongside vulnerable young people and to cast new light on the histories we tell. Central to this work are the Foundling Fellows.

2018 Foundling Fellows

Andria Zafirakou
Andria Zafirakou MBE, Coram Fellow
Chi-chi Nwanoku
Chi-Chi Nwanoku OBE, Handel Fellow
Lauren Child
Lauren Child CBE, Hogarth Fellow

Past Foundling Fellows 

To find out about their projects, click on the names of the Foundling Fellows below. The results of Lemn Sissay and Chris Watson's projects are on permanent display in the Museum for visitors to experience.


Lily Cole, Coram Fellow
Sam Lee, Handel Fellow
Bob and Roberta Smith OBE, Hogarth Fellow


Lemn Sissay OBE, Coram Fellow
Chris Watson, Handel Fellow
Cornelia Parker OBE, Hogarth Fellow


Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE, Coram Fellow
Dame Emma Kirkby DBE, Handel Fellow
Yinka Shonibare CBE, Hogarth Fellow


Cerrie Burnell, Coram Fellow
Julian Lloyd Webber OBE, Handel Fellow
Grayson Perry CBE, Hogarth Fellow


Dame Jacqueline Wilson DBE, Coram Fellow
Damon Albarn OBE, Handel Fellow
Richard Wentworth CBE, Hogarth Fellow