The Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
05 Sep 2020 — 11 Oct 2020
  • Exhibitions & Displays
Rediscover Clare Twomey’s installation Exchange and get involved in our digital kindness campaign.

In 2013, the Foundling Museum hosted Exchange, a site-specific installation by leading ceramic artist Clare Twomey. Twomey inscribed individual good deeds onto over 1,000 cups and saucers, encouraging visitors to undertake these in exchange for keeping the cup.

During lockdown the Museum received an email from one of the recipients of a cup to say she’d finally completed her good deed. During a time when the country was rooting for the NHS and other unsung heroes, the team decided to revisit the installation and rekindle it in a digital format. When lockdown started to ease, Clare Twomey and Caro Howell, the museum’s Director, made a short film introducing this digital campaign that you can watch below.

Can you share your own good deed or a deed done for you by someone else? Get involved in our campaign by posting a photo of yourself drinking a cup of tea or your favourite coffee cup on social media, and include a description of the good deed. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #kindnesscup to help us pass the kindness on.

A selection of cups and saucers from the original Exchange installation are on view at the Museum during September 2020. Good deeds posted on social media will also be displayed digitally in the museum throughout the month.