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Flash Briefing2 EXHIBITS IN THE FOUNDLING MUSEUM
What: The Covid Letters
When: 24 Oct 2020 — 17 Jan 2021
This autumn Jonny Banger, designer and owner of subversive fashion label Sports Banger, shows the work he gathered from the nation’s children during lockdown.
As the country went into lockdown, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wrote a letter intended for every household in the UK, urging residents to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. In response, Banger invited young people, under the age of 16, to customise the letter, as a way of articulating their feelings – including about the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, and the NHS. Entries were received from across the UK, from toddlers to teenagers, which ranged from a simple scribble and calls to support the NHS with more PPE, to anti-government graffiti. Using pens, pencils, paint and collage, children took the opportunity to make their voices heard.
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to view over 200 works from The Covid Letters, displayed in the Museum’s exhibition gallery and interspersed throughout the historic collections. Shown in the context of the Foundling Museum, the exhibition brings to life the museum’s 300-year-old story of creative campaigning and social justice.
Opening times: Sat-Sun, 10:00 – 17:00
Cost: General £9.50 / Concessions £7.50 / Free entry £0.00 / Half-price for NHS workers £4.75
Book here: https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/the-covid-letters/
What: Honest Dick Leveridge: Performer, Composer & Coffee Shop Owner
When: 26 Sep 2020 — 28 Mar 2021
Discover the life and work of Richard Leveridge, a leading singer on the 18th-century London stage, in this Handel Gallery display.
Born in London in 1670, Richard (Dick) Leveridge’s career crossed the centuries. Having become the lead bass singer at Drury Lane Theatre in 1695, singing for Purcell in many of his stage works, he later went on to sing in the first performances of Handel’s early London operas. Then followed a career on the London stage spanning 50 years which saw him perform at leading venues such as Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Covent Garden.
This display in the Handel Gallery introduces the life of this popular theatre singer, including his work as a composer and more surprisingly as a coffee shop owner. Discover the different threads of Dick Leveridge’s life through manuscripts, early printed music and artworks, from drinking songs and stage works to contemporary accounts and formal portraits.
Watch the short film with Katharine Hogg, Gerald Coke Handel Collection Librarian, which gives viewers a glimpse of the Museum display.
More info: https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/richard_leveridge/
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