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THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM

40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ
020 7841 3600

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
enquiries@foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. 11 adults, 8.25 conc. (incl. gift aid), Free under 16s

undergroundRussell Square / King’s Cross / Euston / Bus 7, 59, 68, 91, 98, 168, 188


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CURATOR TOUR: BASIC INSTINCTS
Oct 01, 2017 3:00pm talk/event
Explore our exhibition Basic Instincts with Museum Curator Kathleen Palmer, who leads a tour for visitors. Curated by Dr Jacqueline Riding, Basic Instincts explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore. A highly successful artist and Governor of London’s Foundling Hospital, Joseph Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. However, during the 1740s his art dramatically shifted as he turned his focus to societal attitudes towards women and sexuality. This first major Highmore exhibition for 50 years explores a ten-year period of disruptive commentary in his art, reflecting his engagement with the work of the new Foundling Hospital and its mission to support desperate and abused women.
Free with Museum admission

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May 25 - Sep 2, 2018
British artist Jodie Carey has created three striking site-responsive installations for London’s Foundling Museum. A sea of delicate, ceramic fragments produced from fired clay-covered fabric swatches covers the gallery floor. Upstairs two monumental works made from plaster and bronze cast in the earth are set amongst the historic Collection. On display for the first time, these poignant works encourage visitors to reflect on the elemental nature of the Foundling Hospital story – of love, loss and survival.
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ARTIST TOUR: SEA
Sep 02, 2018 3:00pm talk/event
Learn more about Jodie Carey’s exhibition Sea. Commissioned by the Museum, Carey has created a series of striking new works in response to the Foundling Hospital story. Displayed within the exhibition gallery and amongst the historic Collection, her monumental pieces are imbued with a sense of remembrance and emotional trace. Meet the artist and discover how she approached the commission.
Free with Museum admission

LADIES OF QUALITY & DISTINCTION
Sep 21, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019
Marking 100 years of female suffrage, this landmark exhibition highlights the hidden stories of women in the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity. Discover portraits and stories of the 21 duchesses who in 1735, risking society’s disapproval, signed a petition to the King calling for the establishment of the institution. Displayed together for the first time, these paintings temporarily replace portraits of male governors that hang in the Museum’s Picture Gallery. Downstairs in the exhibition gallery, the lives of the remarkable women who supported the day-to-day running of the institution are brought to life.
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