Artists are central to the Foundling Hospital story and the spirit of its Artist Governors lives on in the work of the many practitioners who support our programmes, from visual artists and film makers, to musicians and designers. They remind us that the arts do not just provide the visuals, the commentary and the soundtrack to our lives; they can change, challenge and improve them.
Our Learning Programme
Our learning programme brings the Foundling Hospital story to life in ways that are meaningful for young people, especially those who are looked after and care-experienced, to help them see the world differently and to imagine new possibilities for themselves. Artwork from these projects is showcased in the Museum through displays and our public events programme.
Young Artists’ Platform
One Thursday lunchtime each month we host a concert featuring some of the finest young players of the moment, from students at the Yehudi Menuhin School to those studying for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at UK conservatoires – including players from the Philharmonia Orchestra’s scholarship programme. We also have a selection of interviews and performances available online.
Our Foundling Fellows are ambassadors for our work, the Foundling Fellowship is given biennially to three creative individuals whose work resonates with the visionary, creative philanthropy of Thomas Coram, William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel. Each of our Fellows creates a project that brings our historic story to life and contributes to the work of the Museum.
Other projects include a short film by Lily Cole, Fire Choir a community choir led by award-winning folk singer Sam Lee, 2016 exhibition FOUND curated by Cornelia Parker and Back to Front Weekend conceived by Yinka Shonibare CBE.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather series of books and Michael Morpurgo’s Lucky Button were inspired by the story of the Foundling Hospital.