Celebrating Children’s Art Week with a KAPOW!
Here at Alder Hey Children’s Charity we are serious about our Arts for Health programme, but most importantly we’re serious about supporting fun, creative experiences for our patients and their families. Our Trusts and Foundations fundraising team are constantly looking for ways in which we can support the delivery of meaningful projects that offer distraction from treatment, nurture new skills, develop confidence and make the time in hospital as comfortable as possible for our patients.
We were delighted to welcome our friends at Comics Youth to Alder Hey to help us celebrate Children’s Art Week with a KAPOW!
Artists spent time with patients on the wards to turn their Alder Hey stories into lively comic strips which will be published later this year. Children, families and staff loved getting involved with some wacky drawing challenges too, including drawing elephants with angry eyebrows and butterflies with human legs! Project Manager at Comics Youth, Rhiannon Griffiths, who was treated at Alder Hey as a child told us “Children’s Art Week at Alder Hey has been absolutely amazing. We haven’t laughed so much in ages!”
Children and their families on Oncology, Renal and General Surgery enjoyed the distraction from their treatment and loved talking about which super powers they would like to have and how they would use them for all kinds of mischief. Artist Kym Nicholls helped the patients to bring these stories to life and described the workshops as “one of the absolute highlights of my Comics Youth career so far” adding that she felt “so privileged to meet such funny and lovely young people at Alder Hey”.
Alder Hey Arts Coordinator Vicky Charnock explains “Our partnership with Comics Youth CIC has brought patients, families and artists together to explore the world of cartoons and comics in a series of fun ward based workshops. During Children’s Art Week, these drawing workshops gave children and young people an opportunity to share their stories and experiences of hospital life through the creation of cartoon superheroes and comics. The workshops gave children and young people the chance to learn new skills, express themselves creatively, forget about hospital treatment and most importantly, it brought plenty of smiles and laughter.”
A huge thank you to Liverpool-based Comics Youth CIC; the first organisation of its kind in the UK to provide holistic comics-based literacy and wellbeing projects for children and young people aged 6-25.