About us

The company is a partnership of artist Rick Myers and freelance writer, publicist and broadcaster Arthur Johnson.

RICK MYERS

Rick has worked for many years as a professional fundraiser for a number of charities including the NSPCC and Wirral Autistic Society. As an artist and sculptor he began making Liver Birds for the commercial market in 1997 and it was around then that his love affair with Liver Birds began.
His original Liver Bird statues were used extensively by Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Football Club and Merseyside Tourism. He has since exported Liver Birds to 40 different countries.

He has also produced awards for Liverpool Tourism Awards and the Wirral Tourism Awards. Known widely for his animal sculptures, Rick has sold a range of dogs, ‘Dogsbodys’, through the John Lewis chain, and produced limited editions for the Rhodesian Ridgeback Society of Great Britain.

He has created and presented busts to celebrities such as Ken Dodd and Ricky Tomlinson.

In 2001 he was the design artist on the Wall of Fame on Mathew Street which was opened by Lita Roza in April 2001.

More recently Rick has created large scale models of the Liver Bird and the Statue of Liberty for a stage production at the Empire Theatre and in 2007 produced an 8ft statue for the movie “Charlie Noades, RIP.”

ARTHUR JOHNSON

Arthur Johnson left the Daily Post and Echo, where he had been a senior journalist for more than 30 years, in 1998. When he left he held the title of Marketing Editor but had previously been Features Editor of the Echo and ran the Post and Echo news desk for ten years.

He is known for his close contact with many high profile celebrities, having co-presented Paul McCartney’s Kings Dock concert. He also flew to Australia with Gerry Marsden and Brian Hall of Liverpool FC to found ‘Scousers Down Under’. A giant Liver Bird from Anfield was presented to the ex-pats as a charity football trophy. He also arranged for John Bishop, the now famous comic, to cycle from Australia to Liverpool raising money for an NSPCC appeal he was running in conjunction with Rick Myers.

After leaving the papers he formed a business which, among many other activities, ran the Scouseology Awards for the BBC for ten years raising money from Children in Need and the Merseyside Women of the Year Awards. He has recently been working with Rick Myers again, looking after publicity for the Wirral Autistic Society. He has also recently worked with Paul Andrew as a consultant for Merseytravel. Part of this work involved the commissioning and unveiling of statues of Ken Dodd and Bessie Braddock at Lime Street Station.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LIVERBIRD

The Liver Bird became the symbol of the city in honour of King John who gave the city a Royal Charter in 1207. This charter, together with it’s geographical location, enabled Liverpool to grow, outstrip the more powerful neighbouring port on the Dee and become, by the 19th century, the most important and powerful port in the world.

Yet, despite being the most recognisable symbol of Liverpool worldwide, despite being adopted as the corporate image of thousands of organisations from Liverpool Football Club to the Liver Laundrette, few people know of its origins and history, many people, especially the kids of Merseyside, don’t know exactly what the Liver Bird is.

Is it a cormorant, an eagle or just some mythical creation?

This is why we strive to educate as well as sell.

Address

Appleford Studio
4 Wirral Way, Noctorum
Birkenhead
Merseyside
CH43 9SF