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One Voice - Foundling Museum

Exhibition preview

THIS AUTUMN, the Foundling Museum will once again open its doors to street children; this time to showcase their art in an exhibition. Entitled One Voice: Deloitte Street Child World Cup, it runs from September 14 to October 9, 2010.

The Foundling Hospital was established over 250 years ago to address the rapid growth in the numbers of street children in London and in September 2010, the Museum hosts an exhibition uniting the voices of street children from all over the world.

UK based Momentum Arts oversaw the One Voice exhibition created at the Deloitte Street Child World Cup in March 2010 in Durban, South Africa. Eight international street child teams joined together to find their voices through the global language of a game they love – football.

The exhibition showcases the potential of these children, challenges society’s misconceptions of them and allows their voices to be heard.

Now launching in London, One Voice will showcase these exciting and inspired art works.

Speaking about the Deloitte Street Child World Cup, David Beckham, AC Milan and England Midfielder, said: “I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Deloitte Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”

The Deloitte Street Child World Cup is an initiative of the Amos Trust, a human rights organisation working with South African partner Umthombo Street Children to change the ways that street children are perceived and treated in Durban, and throughout the World. For more information, visit www.streetchildworldcup.org

Momentum Arts work with diverse communities and artists to create imaginative arts projects. Momentum works with the arts as a catalyst for social change in the areas of diversity, inclusion and regeneration, and seeks to listen to those whose voices are not often heard. For more information, visit www.momentumarts.org.uk

In hosting One Voice, the Foundling Museum continues its tradition as the first public showcase for art in Britain, established to raise awareness of children through creative endeavour.

The Foundling Museum tells the story of the thousands of children brought up in the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for unwanted and abandoned children on the streets of London, established in 1739. It reflects the philanthropic support that the Hospital received from artists including Hogarth and Handel, displaying England’s first public art collection, and the largest private collection of Handel memorabilia.

The Museum seeks to preserve the heritage of the Foundling Hospital, now working as Coram, by conserving and exhibiting its historical treasures, and continuing the association with art and music for the benefit of child care. For more information, visit www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk