Back to Front Weekend by Yinka Shonibare 

31. Mar - 1. Apr 12 / ended The Foundling Museum

Ticket for indoor sessions £10 adults, accompanied children free and free outdoor entertainments all day

Two sessions daily: 11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00

Performance | Multi-disciplinary | London

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Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE with children from Argyle Primary School, Camden

Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE with children from Argyle Primary School, Camden

Join us for an exclusive weekend, when children and young people from across London will take over and run the Foundling Museum, which will be transformed into an 18th century fair.

Conceived and directed by award-winning artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE, the Museum will be stepping back in time as children dressed in costumes of the period will be in charge of everything from acting as guides and selling tickets, to creating entertainments for visitors. They will be the teachers enacting lessons based on those taught to the original foundling children in the 18th century: singing, needlework, catechism and writing. The lessons will be attended by leading figures from London’s cultural community acting as pupils in their classroom.

Free day-long outdoor events based on the themes of the 18th century fairground, will involve puppet shows, magic demonstrations, music.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, describes the Back to Front Weekend as, “A deliberately contrary project in which the institution will literally be taken over by children. The Foundling Museum has historically provided children with education and accommodation, the Back to Front Weekend will present a shift in power relations between those who have traditionally used the institution and those who have run the institution.”

Yinka has been selected as this year’s Foundling Fellow in the visual arts, awarded in the name of Hogarth, alongside Dame Emma Kirkby as Handel Fellow, and Michael Morpurgo as Coram Fellow 2012. From projects with our Foundling Fellows Richard Wentworth, Damon Albarn, Cerrie Burnell, Julian Lloyd Webber, Grayson Perry and Jacqueline Wilson, to master classes with Emma Kirkby and Jamila Gavin; the Museum celebrates the vision of Coram, Hogarth and Handel and the dynamic relationship that can exist between the arts, child welfare and philanthropy.

To book an indoor session call 020 7841 3600 or drop into the Museum. Booking opens on Monday 20 February from 10:30.

Sessions and outdoor entertainments finish at 16:00 but the Museum will remain open for visitors until 18:00.

The Foundling Fellowships are supported by the Clore Duffield Foundation.

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