Artist in Residence Event
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT)
Tuesday 25 March, doors 18:00, event 18:30
Foundling Museum artist-in-residence: artist, Lucy Cash with special guest - writer, Deborah Levy
Lucy has been undertaking an Artquest-supported research residency at the Foundling Museum over the last few months. Her research has led her into conversations with many of the museum staff and volunteers as well as immersion in almost a kilometre of shelved materials detailing the Foundling Hospital’s history. She has responded to this wealth of material through small performative interventions in the Museum as well as writing and image-making. Heartened and inspired by Deborah Levy’s ‘Things I Don't Want To Know’, (a response to George Orwell's 1946 essay ‘Why I Write’ published by Penguin), Lucy has invited Deborah to join an in-conversation event with her about notebooks, the slipperiness of time, the politics of motherhood and learning how to interrupt.
The event will take place in The Picture Gallery, at the Foundling Museum.
Entrance is free, and drinks are provided. Limited seating, please book in advance.
When & Where
The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events we celebrate the ways in which artists of all disciplines have been inspired to improve children’s lives since 1740.
The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, as ‘a hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children’. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth who encouraged all the leading artists of the day to donate work, and the composer George Frideric Handel who gave annual benefit concerts of the Messiah. In doing so, they created London’s first public art gallery and set the template for the way that the arts could support philanthropy. The Foundling Museum celebrates their vision and continues their work, by enabling today’s artists, musicians and writers to work alongside vulnerable young people and to cast new light on the histories we tell.