Another Artistic Patronage for Duchess of Cambridge – Foundling Museum


Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Richard Palmer on Twitter

After opning the Bush House with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Foundling Museum to understand how they use art to make a positive contribution to society by engaging with vulnerable and marginalised young people.

Ahead of the visit Palace announced that Duchess become Patron of the Foundling Museum. Palace said, “The Duchess has a longstanding interest in both the arts and supporting vulnerable families, and this patronage will further highlight the beneficial impact that art and creativity has on emotional wellbeing. Upon arrival, the new patron of the Museum was welcomed with flowers”.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Kensington Palace

The Foundling Museum tells the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery. The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Foundling Museum

The museum works with contemporary artists, writers and musicians to develop learning programmes that are meaningful for young people, especially those who are looked after and care-experienced, to help them see the world differently and imagine new possibilities for themselves.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Foundling Museum

Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum, said: ‘The Foundling Museum is thrilled and honoured to receive The Duchess’s patronage. Her support is a huge boost to our work transforming the lives of vulnerable young people through the arts.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Kensington Palace

At the Museum, Catherine visited ‘Bedrooms of London’, a photography exhibition that documents the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children.

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Foundling Museum

In partnership with The Childhood Trust, Bedrooms of London presents a new body of work by photographer Katie Wilson highlighting the damaging consequences for children arising from the shortage of social housing in London. Focusing on the spaces in which children are sleeping. In a city where extreme poverty and wealth exist side-by-side, Bedrooms of London makes visible the often shocking and unseen reality of home life for the 700,000 children currently living below the poverty line in our capital, and challenges the prejudices and stereotypes associated with child poverty.  Learn more about this here.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Kensington Palace

The Duchess was shown the photographs by graduates of the Foundling Museum’s ‘Tracing our Tales’ programme, which has been developed to equip care-experienced young adults from London boroughs with the skills to devise and deliver workshops at the Museum.

Duchess of Cambridge’s glowing visit to Foundling Museum
KensingtonRoyal

In 2017 The Duchess visited The Foundling Museum and met the first intake of ‘Tracing our Tales’ trainees.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Kensington Palace

Two years later, she met these young adults again to hear how the programme has helped them gain confidence and employment

Duchess of Cambridge joined Her Majesty at Kings Collece London

As the patron of the Musueum, Duchess gave her firstever speech in Museum. She said, “I’m so passionate about improving children’s life chances and giving them opportunities, so that they can look forward to the best possible futures, fulfil their whole potential“.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Kensington Palace

She also joined them in a creative ‘Tracing our Tales’ training session where participants will be learning how to deliver a creative workshop on block printing techniques.

A video of the day.

Duchess of Cambridge at Foundling Museum
Video Capture/Richard Palmer on Twitter

For the second engagement of the day, Duchess kept the same outfit sans hat that she wore for the morning visit to King’s college with Her Majesty. She is wearing gray Catherine Walker coat with contrast black collar neckline.

Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps
Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps

She paired the dress with her black Gianvito Rossi Piper 85 suede pumps debuted last week during a visit to Children’s center

Mulberry Bayswater Clutch
Mulberry Bayswater Clutch

and carried her Mulberry Bayswater Clutch.

Kiki McDonough White Topaz and Diamond Cushion Drop earrings

HerKiki McDonough White Topaz and Diamond Cushion Drop earrings finished the look.

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