Stories of the World: London
As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad the Foundling Museum worked with looked after children, care leavers and young people from the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Ealing. The young people created ceramics, paintings, films, objects, sound and installations. All of the artworks were inspired by objects in the Foundling Museum and explored the notion of identity and life in care. The artworks and sound installations were displayed throughout the Museum from December 15 2010 until 13 March 2011. To find out more about the exhibition click here.
Reliquaries: a project with Foundling Fellow Grayson Perry
The Foundling Museum showcased clay reliquaries made during workshops led by artist Grayson Perry with young mums and young people in care, adoption and supported housing from Coram.
Grayson led ten young people on a tour of the British Museum where they studied a selection of reliquaries. The young people discussed, sketched and photographed the reliquaries. They also explored the Foundling Museum and its permanent collection of tokens left by mothers with their children when they were admitted to the Foundling Hospital. These tokens were a unique means of identification.
Taking part in a series of workshops with Grayson the young people presented their own personal objects that would act as modern day tokens, exploring ideas of identity. They individually planned their reliquaries, learning clay and glazing techniques under the guidance of Grayson. The reliquaries were exhibited in the Committee Room of the Foundling Museum from 25 February until 2 April 2011. To find out more about the exhibition click here.