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 celebrates 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.

2016 Foundling Fellows

Lily Cole © Flo Kohl
Lily Cole, Coram Fellow
Sam Lee © Ric Morris Pushinsky
Sam Lee, Handel Fellow
Rob and Roberta Smith © Dan Weill
Bob and Roberta Smith RA, Hogarth Fellow

Past Foundling Fellows 


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


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


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


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