Young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital made art inspired by Jacqueline Wilson’s much-loved book Hetty Feather.
Patients and their parents on the oncology and haematology wards at Great Ormond Street worked with artist Davina Drummond and our Curator of Artists’ Projects to explore acts of kindness in hospital. The project was inspired by the lack of kindness experienced by Jacqueline Wilson’s fictional foundling Hetty Feather at the Foundling Hospital, as well as by the author’s own experiences of kind acts. The display included recordings of children recalling acts of goodwill they received from doctors, nurses and family.
Since 2014 the Foundling Museum and GOSH Arts have worked in partnership to undertake a series of artist-led projects with children at the hospital, designed to enhance young patients’ experience as part of the holistic care provided. Responding to the legacy of the Foundling Hospital, the children have worked directly with visual artists to create animations and works of art addressing their personal experiences of hospital.