10 April 2008 - 14 June 2008
A collaboration between artist Caroline Isgar and writer Michele Roberts inspired by the tokens at the Museum, exploring the abandonment, loss and grief felt by an adult daughter as her mother goes through the process of dying. The resulting artists' book includes a sequence of rewritten nursery rhymes, and a woodcut block inspired by the tables from the refectory of the Foundling Hospital. The book was exhibited with the wood block, the original artwork and the text.
06 March 2008 - 22 March 2008
Flourish is national programme to promote artwork by looked-after children and young people. This was the second time Flourish exhibited at the Foundling Museum.
23 November 2007 - 02 March 2008
This exhibition exploreed the development of the Handel Festivals at the Crystal Palace in the nineteenth century and the major role they played in the cultural life of nineteenth century Britain.
20 November 2007 - 31 December 2007
The poet Subhadassi was the Foundling Museum’s writer-in-residence throughout the autumn of 2007. He took stories from the Museum as a starting point for his own writing and used them to inspire local students and residents to create their own unique work, combining text, photography and performance.
28 September 2007 - 18 November 2007
Fifteen contemporary artists from the East of England were invited to create works inspired by the art and social history collections at London’s Foundling Museum. Their responses – including a cascade of kinetic sculpture, a wallpaper of children’s names, and a lollipop opera based on Handel’s Foundling Anthem - were on show in a seven-week exhibition and programme of public events during the autumn of 2007.
18 July 2007 - 16 September 2007
An exhibition focussing on the lives of four foundlings, each from a different era, provided an inside glimpse into the lives of the children cared for by the Foundling Hospital. Through photographs, film footage, artifacts and personal memories, the exhibition showed how the Hospital and attitudes about childcare have changed over the centuries.
29 March 2007 - 01 July 2007
William Hogarth is most frequently associated with incisive social satire as seen in works such as his Rake's Progress, and his devotion to the Foundling Hospital may seem surprising. This exhibition examined the little known charitable aspect of Hogarth's character.
09 November 2006 - 28 January 2007
This exhibition was a rare opportunity to view the recently recovered Guercino painting of Saint Francis receiving the Stigmata, which was stolen from a church in Italy in 1973 and found twenty five years later in Switzerland. The painting was exhibited together with drawings and the documents relating to its finding and extensive restoration.
01 October 2006 - 05 May 2006
Handel's 'Giulio Cesare': From Egypt to England traces almost 300 years of Giulio Cesare’s performance history in England through documents and images and in its historical context. This one of the Foundling Museum’s first temporary exhibitions to focus on the foundling connection with the composer George Frideric Handel.
02 November 2005 - 29 January 2006
This exhibition, the first collaboration between the Slade School of Fine Art UCL and the Foundling Museum, examined the roles of the image and the written word, bringing together artist and writer through the medium of the artists' book.