Everyone can remember what it's like to be a child and to be afraid. Nothing to Worry About is a new exhibition curated for the Foundling Museum bu Lauren Child MBE, award-winning children's author, illustrator and Foundling Fellow. The exhibition celebrates the power of artists and illustrators to tackle complex childhood fears and emotions.
Included within the exhibition are books from Lauren's personal library, significant to her own childhood and it also features artwork and themes from her new picture book, The Goody, which publishes September 2020.
Bereavement, displacement and isolation are just a few of the feelings which are explored in the exhibition. In addition to Child's work, the exhibition will include original drawings and books illustrated by: Quentin Blake, John Burningham, Sara Fanelli, Edward Gorey, Jim Kay, Trisha Krauss and David McKee. Sitting alongside these well-known and established authors and illustrators will be new commissions from young illustrators Jacob Courtney and Bryony Usher.
Lauren Child said 'I admire the social impact work of the Museum. I am very aware of the psychological and emotional impact that early trauma can have on young children. This exhibition will take children's fears and anxieties seriously and explore how illustrators can help children and adults acknowledge them safely and creatively.'
The exhibition will be on display at The Foundling Museum from the 15th of May to the 23rd of August.