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The Foundling Museum - October/November 2008

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

As WELL as the exhibition, An English Interior (October 8 to December 31), the Foundling Museum has a number of events lined up for the coming weeks.

Desperate Dan in An English Interior: Artist John Kindness in conversation with Curator Gill Hedley – Monday, October 13, from 7pm to 8.30pm (doors open 6pm).

Dudley Watkins, who created Desperate Dan, and William Hogarth are among Kindness’ artistic mentors: “…they both have a genius for turning total chaos into brilliant pictorial order.” John Kindness and Gill Hedley discuss the influences and unusual marriages of style and setting that characterise Kindness’ work.

British Sign Language Tour of the Foundling Museum – Wednesday, October 15, from 2pm to 3pm.

Free with museum admission (Free museum admission for BSL users).

Join experienced guide Jane King on a tour of the Museum, supported by a qualified BSL interpreter.

Free Lunchtime Concert – Thursday, October 16, from 1.10 – 1.50pm.

Free with Museum admission.

New London Orchestra: James Lee (violin). Lee has received numerous awards from the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship Fund and is the winner of the prestigious Emily English Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund. The concert is presented by the New London Orchestra as part of the Young Performers Concert Series 2008, sponsored by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and performed one Thursday each month.

Luca Luciano in Concert – Sunday, October 19, from 3pm to 4pm.

Free with Museum admission.

Luciano will be performing original compositions for clarinet and pianoforte inspired by European composers such as Stravinsky, Debussy and Schoenberg, with hints of folk, some improvisation and a typical Neapolitan sense of the melody. He will also introduce his latest CD Clarinet.

Black Georgians Study Day – Wednesday, October 22, from 10am to 4pm.

£25 (includes light lunch).

To mark Black History Month, S.I. Martin, journalist for The Voice newspaper and author of Britain’s Slave Trade (1999), is joined by a team of speakers to examine some dramatically different experiences of black people living in eighteenth and early nineteenth century England.

Presentations will be given on subjects ranging from London’s black street children (a few of whom were admitted to the Foundling Hospital), the life of Dr Samuel Johnson’s Jamaican servant and friend Francis Barber, and George Alexander Gratton, a child slave exhibited as a curiosity because of his skin condition, piebaldism.

This study day will start at the Hunterian Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and continue at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury for the afternoon sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore both museums on the day, and will be entitled to free admission to Dr Johnson’s House before November 22.

This is a partnership event with the Hunterian Museum and Dr Johnson’s House.

Youth Art, Design, Fashion and Music Afternoon – Sunday, October 26, from 12pm to 4pm.

Free with museum admission.

Inspiring Youth is a new London-based voluntary project getting young people under the age of 25 involved in creative events and publishing activities. This free event in the Picture Gallery provides a fantastic opportunity for aspiring and developing artists, designers, fashion-makers, and musicians to showcase their masterpieces to the public, industry professionals, potential investors, employers and press.

This event gives gifted young producers a unique platform for their talents to be discovered and appreciated. All ages are welcome to attend and support inspirational youth-made art. For more information and to get involved, contact Monelle Bryce on 07961 198 028 or

Half term Family Fun: Put Yourself in the Picture – Tuesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 30, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 4pm.

Entrance to Museum and drop-in session free to all members of the family.

Back due to overwhelming demand! Join artist Kasia Howard to put yourself into one of the museum’s archive photos or paintings. We will email the results or print a copy. These sessions are very popular so arrive early and be prepared to wait for your turn. However, art activities and trails are provided while you wait.

Family Fun: How to make Striped Paint – Saturday, November 1, from 1pm to 4pm.

Entrance to Museum and drop-in session free to all members of the family.

Join artist John Kindness to look at his installation in the Exhibition Gallery and learn the fascinating technique of Indian Kalighat wall painting. Suitable for all members of the family and all abilities.

Foundling Sunday – Sunday, November 2, talk from 2pm, recital 3pm to 4pm.

Free with Museum admission.

Olivia Rickman, Press and Marketing Manager at the Foundling Museum, will talk about the current contemporary installation in the Exhibition Gallery, An English Interior. The talk will be followed by a piano recital by Annie Yim in the Picture Gallery.

Free Lunchtime Concert – Thursday, November 6, from 1pm to 2pm.

Free with Museum admission.

Beethoven and Youth: Alberto Portugheis plays Beethoven’s early Bonn sonatas as sonatinas on piano. Presented by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe as part of their series performed on the first Thursday of each month.

Admission: Adults £5, concessions £4, Art Fund members and children up to 16 years free. Special rates apply for groups when booked in advance. Foundling Pass annual ticket: £15, concessions £12.

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

40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

Tel: 020 7841 3600