The Foundling Museum

Art on Children's Hospital Wards

We work with disadvantaged, critically ill children on London hospital wards to create unique art projects, giving them an opportunity to speak creatively about their conditions and treatments. Each project will culminate in a public display at the Foundling Museum.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1071167)

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Campaign target

£5,000

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Situation

Children on hospital wards across London are critically ill and some are in isolation. Often they are in hospital for long stretches of time, away from their friends, their extended family and school life. This can lead to feelings of lonelieness and helplessness, and also leaves little time for art, creativity and imagination, which are all such vital parts of growing up.

Solution

Our annual projects bring a trained artist to a ward to meet with the children and parents, engaging them in creative ways to express their hopes, dreams and concerns. Each project links in with the Foundling Museum's current exhibition, so the children can learn as they create their artwork, which often helps them communicate how they are feeling to the hospital staff. The Museum holds a private view of the final display for the families so the children can proudly see their work on the wall.

  • The Jokes art project provided much laughter all round, and of course many a true word is said in jest! The project gave the children a chance to communicate with us through humour.

    — Medic on the ward

  • Artist

    — It was wonderful to witness the spread of the project jokes around the ward... by the time we left a strong community amongst the parents had grown.

  • Artist

    — It was wonderful to witness the spread of the project jokes around the ward... by the time we left a strong community amongst the parents had grown.

  • The Jokes art project provided much laughter all round, and of course many a true word is said in jest! The project gave the children a chance to communicate with us through humour.

    — Medic on the ward