Yoko Ono, Willy Russell and Paul Curtis Join Artists to Auction Works for Alder Hey
Alder Hey Children’s Charity is hoping to raise £100,000 for the 7in10 Mental Health appeal.
Yoko Ono, writer Willy Russell and local Liverpool artist Paul Curtis have all donated pieces to be auctioned off to benefit children’s charity Alder Hey.
the A better future The exhibition and online auction marks Alder Hey’s first art event, which will be accessible and open to the public at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on 12 and 13 March.
More than 120 objects will be on display, including a piece by Yoko Ono titled I Love You Earth, designed to get people thinking about their own sense of responsibility for the environment.
The work was originally conceived as a song on Ono’s 1985 album Starpeace, then turned into a standalone text and public artwork.
Award-winning playwright, author and composer Willy Russell has added another string to his bow through art.
The Liverpool-born writer worked in paint and experimented with line, color and form.
He exhibited his work in 2015 and 2017 at Kirkby Gallery and a new exhibition Seeing Better will be presented at Coningsby Gallery in London in November this year.
His piece at auction is called April Woodscreated in 2017 using acrylic ink on paper mounted on cardboard.
The art to sum up 2020 and “recovery and hope”
Paul Curtis, the artist behind For all liverpool birds in the Baltic Triangle auctions his painting Strength, Hope and Recoverya piece of art that he says tries to sum up 2020.
A nurse is depicted with kneeling wings in the painting. Curtis says she represents the heroes of 2020 and kneels in reference to another strong image of 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement.
He said: “I tried to position it so it looked like it was ready to take off. The wings broke free from the wall [which] is symbolic of confinement, and are now part of it. Together they represent recovery and hope.
“People often tell me that For all Liverpool’s Liver Birds gives them hope and positivity. They associate the image with their loved ones, so hopefully many people will feel a personal connection to the artwork.”
He added: “Alder Hey helped me a lot when I was a child with asthma and appendicitis and I’m sure many other people have close ties and reasons to be grateful for his existence in our city.
“I hope that those interested will be very generous in order to help the charity campaign.”
Children and young people help create art
An exhibition has been created with the help of children and young people at Alder Hey.
British artist Rachael Howard, who is also an Art for Health practitioner at Alder Hey, worked with 11 patients at the hospital to create an artwork titled My favorite word.
The colorful creation uses fabric screen printing techniques to depict words that bring happiness to every patient involved in the project. Words used include ‘summer’, ‘unique’, ‘animals’ and even ‘Peppa Pig’.
The finished piece was put together by Rachael and first revealed to patient Aleena 14, who was one of the young people who helped create it in her department.
Rachael said: “It was so much fun sharing the joy of screen printing with the kids in the theatres. I asked the children to think of their favorite word which they wrote on paper and cut out to make a screen printing stencil.
“The beautiful and unique handwriting of each participant was transferred into a print using pigment dyes on brightly colored cotton fabrics.
“The children spread orange dye on a screen and used a squeegee to pull the dye onto the fabric. Their delighted faces when a footprint is revealed is a wonderful sight. The collaborative artwork brings together all of each child’s favorite words printed out, taking shape as a cheerful yellow sun.
The online charity auction, which aims to raise £100,000 for Alder Hey Children’s Charity 7in10 Mental Health Appeal, is open until the end of the exhibition.