Patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Fortune Tellers.
Fantasy Fortune Tellers

Fantasy Fortune Tellers

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
17 Jan 2017 — 30 May 2017
  • Artists’ Projects
Children from Great Ormond Street Hospital have made fortune-telling games to share their hopes and wishes for the future.

Patients on the cardiac ward at Great Ormond Street, and their families, worked with artist Davina Drummond to create fantasy fortunes inspired by Mark Neville’s project Child’s Play, the institutional play of the Foundling Hospital pupils, and Victorian fortune tellers which could be found in London hospitals. Incorporating their personal experiences into the games’ fortune-telling messages, their versions of traditional fortune-telling games include fortune fish, card spinners, and fold-up paper playground games. These are displayed in the Introductory Gallery, complete with an interactive giant fortune-telling wheel.

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. Responding to the legacy of the Foundling Hospital, the children have worked directly with visual artists to create animations and art works addressing their personal experiences.