The Freud Museum

Exhibition Archive

4 September 2013 - 29 September 2013


An exhibition of works by children from Kids Company

The Freud Museum
is proud to host HIDE AND SEEK a unique exhibition showcasing works by children from Kids Company.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founder and Chief Executive of Kids Company says:

“Children who have been relentlessly harmed become preoccupied with survival. They try their best to preserve dignity, defending themselves against threats which leave them exposed. The greatest wish is to find somewhere to hide. These hiding places can be concrete spaces, or spaces in the mind. The child turns into an illusionist, disappearing, hiding bad memories and maybe making up good ones to keep hope alive. Freud learnt so much from his patients about the defences needed to keep the self integrated, so it's fitting that the children of Kids Company should hide their thoughts, feelings and images within the fabric of his museum. Please come and seek, and maybe find, these poignant treasures.

The essence of healing is a compassionate companionship, the moment when the thought of one matches the comprehension of another. Ultimately, it's about helping people be less alone, less discarded and less devastated. Those who hide always hope that someone kind will someday find them, and be happy. The children of Kids Company, through their art, are coming to find you.”

Experience the children’s take on the emotional effects of trauma and neglect on the unconscious mind. With pieces exhibited throughout Freud and Anna’s house but be sure to look closely, children are excellent chameleons, able mask their pain and seemingly blend in with their surroundings.


This event has now sold out. Email, with a daytime telephone number to be added to the waiting list.

Please join us on September 4th at The Anna Freud Centre from 18:30. The evening will be opened with a lecture from Professor Peter Fonagy OBE and an introduction to the exhibition by Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE followed by a private view with drinks and nibbles at the Freud Museum.

There are only 90 tickets available for this very special event so please book now via the Freud Museum website to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost £20 and will help support the work of Kids Company, The Freud Museum and The Anna Freud Centre.


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