The Foundling Museum presents a brand new photography exhibition launching this February, focussing on themes of poverty, wealth, and how the two sit so uncomfortably comfortably side by side in London. Bedrooms of London will give visitors a truthfully harsh peek inside the bedrooms of children of families who depend upon social housing, and who have fallen victim to the poison of poverty, which, in London, can be a disastrously easy trap to fall into.
Bedrooms of London, sponsored by Safestay PLC, is a collaboration between The Foundling Museum and The Childhood Trust, and consists of a body of work by photographer Katie Wilson. The Foundling Museum was established in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram, with the aim of providing care for children who were at risk of abandonment. To this day, Foundling is a staple in London’s museum scene, putting on exhibits and events year-round to inspire those who attend. This drive to celebrate ‘the power of individuals and the arts to change lives’ makes The Foundling Museum the perfect and most appropriate host for this exhibition.
Photographer Katie Wilson has long been a supporter of worthy causes, having recently participated in the well-publicised Cook for Syria campaign, with a multitude of her poignant photographs appearing throughout the campaign. Bedrooms of London will be her first solo exhibition in the UK and is set to be her most thought-provoking yet.
It’s 2019 and there are 700,000 children living below the poverty line. The photographs in this exhibition that sit alongside narratives from real-life families living in poverty, written by Isabella Walker, will give visitors a revelatory glimpse into just how damaging the lack of social housing in London is, as well as focussing on themes such as the unfair prejudices and stereotypes that are commonly associated with child poverty.
Necessary for all to see but certainly not an easy truth to swallow, the lives looked into at the Bedrooms of London exhibition must be seen.
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
8 February – 5 May 2019
More information via foundlingmuseum.org.uk