Flourish at the Foundling

08 November 2011 - 27 November 2011

Presenting two selections, Flourish takes a look at the role of the portrait; portrayals of the self, from the true likeness of a person, to the surroundings and belongings that are associated with them. The second selection wonders into the realm of dreams; their delights, perplexities and terrors.

Flourish was set up in 2006 as a response to the frustration voiced by looked-after artists about the lack of opportunity to show their work. Artists may be looked after by carers, be fostered or adopted, in secure accommodation or have special needs. Flourish continues the Foundling Hospital’s tradition as the first public showcase for art in Britain, raising awareness of children in care through creative endeavour.

Flourish is the first national programme to promote artwork by young people with such a diverse history of care. It celebrates talent and hopes to encourage confidence and professional skills toward following a creative career. Flourish presents four films and one audio track on its website to coincide with the exhibition. Full colour catalogues available. Curator, Beatty Hallas.

"Art is my only way to get out of myself" Sara Biggs, Flourish artist, 2010

Image: Tangerine on a bench, 2010, digital photograph, 23 x 30.5cm by Gwendoline Santos.


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