Created by care leavers, this installation explores identity, belonging and life in care.
Created by care leavers, this installation explores identity, belonging and life in care. Informed by interviews with a former pupil of the Foundling Hospital, A Voice is a poignant and humorous bridge between past, present and future, bringing together experiences of care across time. Created by artist Albert Potrony and Museum trainees: Rohima, Ameera, Sofia, Tyrone, Nia, Kara and Leyla.
In October 2017, we announced a ground-breaking three-year project, Tracing Our Tales, to develop a bespoke, paid training and mentorship programme for care-experienced young adults, with funding from the Oak Foundation. Over the duration of the year, the first round of museum trainees worked on several areas, equipping them with the skills to develop and deliver workshops at the Museum. Provided with a supportive, safe environment where they are guided by their mentor and artist Albert Potrony, the group have been learning teaching skills, such as managing a group, planning and logistics, as well as art skills including drawing, printing, clay, sculpture and casting. A valuable outcome of the project has been the development of general life skills amongst the group, including timekeeping, collaboration, sharing, communication and teamwork.