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  • Medium:

    Film using photography, drawing, collage, card puppet making and animation

  • Artist:

    Foundling Museum Artists Projects

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    Foundling Museum Artists Projects

    The artists who created ‘Waiting’ were all patients aged 4 – 13 years, on Puffin Ward, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

    The animation was inspired by their experience of waiting to have major operations, and the story of the 12,000 foundlings who also waited to be reclaimed by their mothers and leave the Foundling Hospital, now the Foundling Museum, which is located nearby.

    As a prompt for ideas, they were asked to imagine that the surgeon’s room was a magical place where anything could happen.

    The children responded well to the brief because it was inspired by their lives in that moment, and the lives of children in the past, that they could relate too. Supported by an artist, they made card puppets from collage materials of themselves before and after their operation, then animated them.

    The main challenge to this project was time. Some children had a long wait before their operation and others had none. This was always unknown before each child started, so some children left before completing the project. In these cases we completed the animation following their instructions.

    (Emma Middleton, Foundling Museum Art Projects)

    During the four-day project, the children worked with an animator, museum curator, Go Create and medical staff at GOSH, creating a very special atmosphere of positivity during a rather difficult time for them.

  • Age:

    4 - 13

  • Submitted by:

    Foundling Museum Artists Projects

Patients on Puffin Ward waiting for operations were asked to imagine that the surgeon’s room was a magical place where anything could happen. They made card puppets and worked with an artist to animate their ideas.

They also learnt about the Foundling Hospital, and the foundlings who waited to be reclaimed by their mothers.

During the four-day project, the children worked with an animator, museum curator, Go Create and medical staff at GOSH, creating a very special atmosphere of positivity during a rather difficult time for them.

(Emma Middleton, Curator, Foundling Museum Artists Projects)