Arts for Health
In 2014, to celebrate Alder Hey’s centenary, the Arts for Health programme developed a partnership programme with children from three Liverpool schools, the Comedy Trust and Hilary Keating from Wild About Words.
Students created colourful murals that depict the hospitals rich history and achievements. Pupils from Knotty Ash Primary School, Sandfield Park School and Broadgreen International School spent several months working with artists, a children’s author and hospital staff to produce the works of art.
Measuring two metres high and three and a half metres long, the murals were presented to the hospital at a special ceremony in October 2014 where they will feature as colourful hoardings outside the new hospital site. When Alder Hey in the Park is complete, they will feature inside the building.
The schools involved explored aspects of Alder Hey’s history through drama, living history sessions, art and design and creative writing and the hospital’s children and young people’s forum also got involved in the project.
Broadgreen students visited the Liverpool Medical Institution to see old medical equipment and a cast of the hand of Sir Robert Jones, one of the pioneering orthopaedic surgeons at Alder Hey.
Vicky Charnock, arts co-ordinator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, who set the project up, said: “Our aim was to work with three of the closest schools to the hospital to get them involved in the creation of our new hospital Alder Hey in the Park and we thought the centenary celebrations were a terrific way to do this.
“When we initially spoke to the children, most had a connection with Alder Hey, either they had been a patient or a sibling or cousin. Some said they could see the cranes building the new hospital from their bedroom windows and wondered what exactly was happening.
“The three schools all chose different themes to depict the hospital’s history and the result is fantastic. The hoardings can be enjoyed by anyone passing the East Prescot Road side of the new building and we are very excited to see them go on display.”
The partners in the project were The Comedy Trust and their artists Jess Ellison, Becky Bryson and Brian D. Hanlon, as well as author Hilary Keating from Wild about Words. The project was generously funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Alder Hey Children’s Charity.