In July 2016 artist Davina Drummond worked with families on Fox and Robin Wards on Take a Joke, a project that playfully explored the role of laughter and humour in the hospital environment and its potential to improve wellbeing.
Through the process of developing their own medical jokes and writing them onto their isolation windows and hospital-like bedding, children and families explored and shared their experiences of bone marrow transplant treatment and being in isolation with each other and with the staff on the ward .
What did the banana say to the doctor?
I am not peeling very well!”
“What do eating too many marshmallows and chemo have in common?
They both make you sick!”
“Why did the nurse tiptoe past the drug store?
Because he didn’t want to wake up the sleeping tablets”
In November and December 2016, Davina worked with families on Bear ward to explore their hopes and dreams for the future, using fun and historical ways to create fantasy fortunes including making paper fortune tellers, fortune teller fish and spinning fortune wheels!
The Fantasy Fortune Tellers display is open to the public at the Foundling Museum until March 2017.