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The Foundling Museum - May to August 2014


Events preview

THE Foundling Museum has a number of events lined up for the coming weeks. Below is a selection.

Bach to Baby – Thursday, May 15 and Thursday, June 19, 10:30am – 11:30am. Adults £10 at the door, children FREE.

Bach to Baby is an innovative classical babies’ concert created by mum and pianist, Miaomiao Yu. Concerts at the Foundling Museum are inspired by Handel and bring classical music to babies and parents. Tickets include free entry to the Museum.

Progress, four contemporary artists respond to Hogarth’s masterpiece – June 6 to September 7. Free with Museum admission.

To mark the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death, Progress brings together for the first time three great contemporary responses to his eternally modern moral tale, A Rake’s Progress.

David Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress, 1961-3, Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy, 1998, and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences, 2012, are shown alongside Hogarth’s original 1735 prints and joined by a newly commissioned work by Jessie Brennan.

Hogarth’s popularity with both artists and the public has endured for over two hundred years, and his work has provided inspiration to successive generations. Hockney, Shonibare and Perry not only update Hogarth’s searing social commentary, they also add their own personal concerns to the creative dialogue. Commissioning an emerging female artist to respond to Hogarth’s work, the Foundling Museum further develops the conversation.

Exploring issues of sexuality, race, class, vice, temptation, youth and urban living, this exhibition both highlights Hogarth’s continuing relevance and allows us to consider the idea of ‘progress’.

To accompany Progress, Foundling Fellows Grayson Perry and Yinka Shonibare MBE have created designs for tote bags, which are available exclusively at the Foundling Museum from June 6.

Folk at the Foundling – Friday, June 6, doors 7pm, concert 7:30pm. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions and Foundling Friends

Sam Carter’s original songwriting is infused with shapenote, gospel and work-song and delivered with simple, rich vocal performances and deft fingerpicking guitar-style. Carter returns from a British Council and Tehzeeb Foundation-funded project in Pakistan, following two critically acclaimed albums, and gigs with the likes of Martin Carthy, Nic Jones and Richard Thompson.

Birthday Weekend – Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15. Free entry for all.

The Foundling Museum is 10 years old this year! Everyone is invited to its birthday party, with free entry all weekend and a range of activities and performances for visitors of all ages. Birthday treats include cake, balloons, fun family activities throughout the Museum and a summertime street party. Listen to music, help decorate the Museum, and enjoy a slice of birthday cake!

An Evening of Rough Music – Tuesday, July 1, doors 6:30pm, talk 7:30pm, concert 8pm. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions and Foundling Friends.

To accompany the exhibition Progress, the Foundling Museum is presenting a unique event by Dead Rat Orchestra and Jeremy Barlow.

Dead Rat Orchestra will perform Rough Music, a new work incorporating performances on a set of tuned bronze meat cleavers. With a contemporary take on broadside ballads and rough music, DRO bridge the musical worlds of work-song, Indonesian Gamelan and the pealing of church bells as they bring the sounds of Hogarth’s London to life.

The performance will be preceded by a talk on Hogarth’s representation of music by author and early music expert Jeremy Barlow, author of The Enraged Musician.

Gin Tasting – Thursday, July 24, doors 6:30pm, event 7pm. Tickets: £20

‘Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for two pence’. Prof. Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney, leads gin tasting in the Picture Gallery. Explore the wonders of ‘mothers ruin’, tantalize your tastebuds, and learn about the history of gin from 1690 to present day with a patricular emphasis on the mid-eighteenth century ‘gin craze’. Includes up to six taster shots.

Hetty Feather and Diamond Day – Sunday, July 6, 11am – 5pm, talk and signing 2pm. General admission free with Museum entry, no booking required. Talk and signing, £10 adults, £7 children under 16, including entry to the Museum. Tickets sold online only from June 2.

Foundling Fellow, Jacqueline Wilson returns to celebrate the paperback release of Diamond. Throughout the day there will be free drop-in family art workshops inspired by the book and a range of Hetty activities and competitions. In the afternoon there will be a reading and book signing event with Jacqueline.

Museum Admission: Adults £7.50 (£8.25 with Gift Aid donation); concessions £5 (£5.50 with Gift Aid donation); Children and Foundling Friends free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Monday closed.

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

Tel: +44 (0)20 7841 3600

Fax: +44 (0)20 7841 3607