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Terry Smith: The Foundling - Foundling Museum

Exhibition preview

THE Foundling, a multi-discipline, video and sound installation by the artist Terry Smith, is on display at the Foundling Museum until Sunday, January 3, 2010.

This major new work was commissioned by Gill Hedley for the Foundling Museum’s contemporary art programme.

The Foundling is constructed in a series of individual and related sequences that have been developed through a series of live performances that have taken place over the last year.

Lost and Found for Tete a Tete Opera Festival was shown at the Riverside Studios in August 2008; Hide and Seek – a promenade piece – was performed at the Foundling Museum in April 2009 and Sticks AND STONES at St Georges Church, Venice, at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

The installation is presented in the form of a series of video pieces displayed in the dedicated Exhibition Gallery, while a sound work, STRING, has been installed on the original eighteenth century staircase. Smith has also created a series of photographs taken at Ashlyns School, formerly the Foundling Hospital that closed in 1956, which are on display in the café space.

Using found images and sounds as well as deconstructed scores by Handel and Vivaldi, The Foundling plays with ideas of the hidden and the lost. In a year which celebrates Baroque music this piece acknowledges the active contributions that Handel and Vivaldi both made to institutions in London and Venice respectively, dedicated to giving vulnerable and destitute children a second chance at life.

The Foundling is a collaborative project bringing together musicians, composers, sound designers and writers and cinematographers. Smith’s approach to these projects is an open collaborative process. Discussions, workshops, rehearsals and performances have enabled him to construct a work that is informed and determined by the different skills and ideas of the individuals involved.

The Foundling is a unique meeting of different art forms. Crucial in this collaboration is Ian Dearden, renowned composer and sound designer, Linda Hirst (vocalist), Oliver Coates (cello), Miguel Tantos (trombone) and the cinematographer Jonathan Callery. A related publication will contain new texts by writer Mel Gooding.

Entrance is free with museum admission.

Admission: adults £5, concessions £4, Art Fund members and children up to 16 years free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Sunday from 11am to 5pm (closed Mondays).

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1A

Tel: 020 7841 3600