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. 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.
All About Us was a joint project between Tate Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital that engaged children, young people, teachers and hospital staff in exploring archival materials from Tate and Liverpool Medical Institution archives. The Project ran for eight months, during which time Harriet Hall (Lead Artist) and Michaela Swan (Trainee Project Manager), worked with local schools and communities to create online learning resource. Hospital staff, teachers, children and young people, took the theme of Transition and related it to the heritage of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, artistic practice, and everyday life. Pupils from Knotty Ash documented their Alder Hey Archive item in an interesting way, using filters to hide or highlight information. The pupils paired their item to an image from the Tate’s online archive, finding similarities in pattern, shape, colour or subject matter.