We believe that the Foundling Museum is the home of the socially engaged artist and that art can transform lives.
As a museum we are committed to working and building relationships with the local community. Our aim is to match community groups with practicing artists to engage with the story of the Foundling Hospital through the inspiring process of making and critically exploring art. We believe ‘art’ to mean art, music, dance, performance and literature.
We hope that a sustained engagement with art will enable participants to view the world differently and build a lifelong relationship with the Foundling Museum.
This project involves working with our closest nursery, the Thomas Coram Nursery.
This project aims to build relationships with our neighboring local pre-school and their families by fostering a playful and exciting love of art. Thomas Coram nursery children and their families work with artists and musicians from the Foundling Museum to engage with the story of the Foundling Hospital through a series of artist-led workshops. Through this project we hope to encourage local families to feel welcome and at home at the Foundling Museum.
Images from art workshop inspired by temporary exhibition Exchange by Claire Twomey
Images from Jackie Oates Lullababies Workshop
Pupil Referral Unit Project
This ground breaking project is a collaboration between the Foundling Museum and the children’s charity Coram. It involves sending artists from the Museum and art therapists from Coram into Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s) in Camden. This project is due to start in January 2014.
Rhythm And Poetry
During this project young people from the local community worked with innovative musicians and rappers from BG records and Young Women’s Project and Art is Just a Word to create a rap inspired by the story of the Foundling Hospital. Edited by Lawrence Halstead, the film produced for this project was shown as part of SOUP for 100.
Click here to view the film.
Bach to Babies
Bach to Baby is an award-winning classical concert series for babies, small children and parents created by renowned pianist (and mum) Miaomiao Yu. Children are free to sing, laugh, dance, play and enjoy the music however they want.
Listening to world class musicians, playing in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's Picture Gallery is the perfect way for mums to relax, socialise and be still, for a morning. For booking information please see: www.bachtobaby.com
Great Ormond Street art project
This project is a collaboration with Go Create at GOSH and involves sending artists into outpatients wards at GOSH.