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INSIGHTExhibition Review Kate West’s regular review of the local arts scene

The Foundling Museum Foundling Voices Until 30th October

his new exhibition tells the stories of the last surviving pupils of the Foundling Hospital. These unique children, now aged between 68 and 98, were all given into care at birth and after spending five years with foster mothers were passed into the care of the Hospital. The detailed childhood memories of these people provide irreplaceable testimony of what life was like for a foundling in the first half of the 20th century.


The Foundling Museum Alice Hatter (left) and Pearl Martley (right) aged about two while living with their foster family in Hadlow, Kent c.1940.

The stories of the 74 former foundlings told here are at turns heartbreaking, harrowing and uplifting. There are tales of painful family separations, children coping with the stigma of illegitimacy prevalent at the time and the search for birth mothers. It’s obviously quite disturbing to

our modern sensibilities to see that the care the Hospital offered to these vulnerable children concentrated on the physical well- being of its charges rather more than attending to their emotional needs. It is hard to hear these very personal stories of corporal punishment and bullying in the spartan boarding school environment. But, in contrast, there are some humorous recollections, tales of wartime heroism and some heartening successes and happiness in adult life.

Profoundly moving. Take a hanky.

The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square WC1 Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 5pm Admission: £7.50/ £5 concessions/ Children Free

Barbican Art Gallery Watch Me Move The Animation Show Until 11th September


atch Me Move explores 150 years of animated imagery. Starting with

the work of pioneers such as Étienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge, whose sequential images showed animals and humans in motion, the show features not only individual animators like Harry Smith and Jan Svankmajer but also the work of big studios including Disney, Pixar and Aardman. The exhibition demonstrates how iconic animated characters such as Mickey Mouse, Tom & Jerry and the celebrated casts of The Simpsons and Toy Story, are able to convey complex emotions and have been able to play a part in addressing social and political issues. The post-war fascination with animated superheroes is explored


Barbican Art Gallery, Barbican Centre Daily 11am - 8pm Wednesday 11am to 6pm Late Thursdays until 10pm Early Saturday from 10am Admission: £10 online/ £12 on the door/ Under 12s Free

Goldsmiths’ Hall Mindful of Silver Until 27th July


or this exhibition twelve leading British silversmiths were asked to design and

make a silver vessel of their choice. From this shared starting point twelve very different vessels have been created. This exhibition looks at the design process that these artists go through to create a single object.

By asking the participants to keep a ‘metaphorical box’ - in which they were asked to place objects, drawings, models, anything in fact that affected or informed the development of their project - we gain a fascinating insight into how artists bring a design from a fragile idea to a solid reality. We can see them overcoming difficulties, experimenting with techniques and making all the decisions, both big and small, that culminate in the finished piece.

The works created are beautiful

together with the relationship between Marvel and DC comics and animated film and the importance of the hugely creative Japanese manga and anime industries.

The show ends with the impact of computer-generated imagery, the influence of computer gaming on animation and the online world of Second Life - where around 20 million people worldwide have created a parallel reality.

A full programme of events, films and talks accompanies the exhibition.

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