Arts for Health
Art in Alder Hey in the Park has been inspired by children and young people who have led the way from the beginning. The Children and Young People’s Design Group has been an advisory group on the development of art in the hospital, has set briefs and interviewed artists, as well as engaging in practical arts workshops.
Artists have responded enthusiastically to their ideas and their wish for the art in Alder Hey in the Park to reflect the theme of nature.
The Lead Artist for this project was Lucy Casson, who has created artwork for the main entrance and atrium, the signage, the glass balustrades and windows and even the designs for the curtains in the patient’s bedrooms. She spent time both researching the locality and working with the children and young people. Her quirky creatures are designed to assist the visitor with way-finding around the hospital. Her hanging sculpture, suspended from the atrium ceiling, is called Roost (main picture) and features one hundred hand painted birds and creatures, referencing Alder Hey’s one hundred year history.
At the North Entrance, you will see the poem Trees are Great by poet Roger McGough with lettering which has been designed by artist Pip Hall. The poem reflects the overall environmental theme which has been the inspiration for all art work in the hospital. McGough’s poems are featured around the hospital in the most unlikely of places, see if you can spot them!
If you enter the hospital from the car park, you will hear the sound of birds singing. Entitled ‘Wildsong at Dawn’, this is a sound piece by the UK’s leading sound recordist Chris Watson and features the dawn chorus recorded in 2007 in Springfield Park. The piece was played for many years in the main corridor of the old hospital and has been brought into Alder Hey in the Park as a fitting link between old and new.
Amongst many other artworks in the new hospital: Alyosha Moeran has created stone carved pieces for the Bereavement Garden, and Linda Schwab has created art for the Sanctuary. Artists Catrin Jones, David Pearl and Dan Linn-Pearl have created an installation, Immersion, to create a multi-sensory environment using film, sound and lighting for the aquatherapy pool
With many thanks to Arts Consultant, Lesley Greene.
All artwork in Alder Hey in the Park has been funded charitably and we are very grateful
to all of our funders and donors, individuals and organisations, for making this work possible.