In 1978, Liverpool artist and cartoonist George Nicholas and his dynamic community arts team, ‘Art For Their Sake’ decided to offer their services as muralists free of charge to Europe’s largest hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Merseyside.
George Nicholas (L) with Volunteer Artist Dave Peet (R)
@ Alder Hey Hospital, 1979
Soon after forming a team consisting of volunteer artists and muralists from the community, ‘Art For Their Sake’ created a staggering 17,963 sq. ft. mural, earning the team a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest mural. The Alder Hey mural eventually grew to in excess of 34,000 sq. ft.
Art For Their Sake Team @ Alder Hey Hospital
The project was well received and has generated it’s own publicity inspiring sponsorship along the way, which has involved TV and Sports Personalities.
Art For Their Sake Community Awards
with Ricky Tomlinson, HRH Duchess Of Kent, Jamie Carragher, Cherie Blair
Now, over 30 years on, ‘Art For Their Sake’ deploys the skills of many professional artists, covering a wide range of skills, including sculpturists, designers, theatrical scenic artist, cartoonists and also painters and decorators.
Guinness World Record
Art For Their Sake have many project sites throughout the United Kingdom and hope to obtain sponsorship for them. Led by the charities founder and project co-coordinator George Nicholas, the team is hoping to embark on more regions in the near future with their projects and skills.
Painting with Students @ Hawthorns Community School