A display of 1,000 cups, with each containing instructions of a 'good deed'. Buy one and you pledge to carry out the deed

Clare Twomey, sketch for Exchange project, 2013 © Clare Twomey

Clare Twomey, sketch for Exchange project, 2013

This exhibition explores ideas around charity, responsibility and trust, examining the powerful role that individuals and good deeds can play within the community.

Exchange consists of over 1,000 cups and saucers. On the base of each cup and in the indentation of its saucer is marked a commission to do a good deed. Each day, ten people will be invited to choose a cup at random from the hundreds laid out on tables. In exchange for agreeing to complete the deed, they may keep the cup.

The good deeds were suggested by the public in preparation for the show. During the run, as deeds are carried out, they will be recorded in the Foundling Museum and online. 

Venue details

The Foundling Museum 40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ 020 7841 3600

Entry details

Free entry with National Art Pass (standard entry charge is £7.50)

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am – 5pm