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Young Artists

Discover the next generation of artists in Sefton

Brushes-3129361_640The Atkinson in partnership with The Arts Society Southport invited Young Artists aged 11-18 living in the Sefton Borough to submit one photograph of an original artwork to the competition, exhibited on The Atkinson’s website.

Visit The Atkinson Web page and click on the thumbnail images to view each work of art.


Flower Show Cancelled


Southport Flower Show organisers have announced the disappointing news that the 2020 show has been cancelled. 

IMG_20200327_160647The COVID-19 pandemic has led to events with large public gatherings being cancelled throughout the whole country and the Southport Flower Show is no exception.

It is therefore with regret that the organisers have announced the cancellation of the 2020 Southport Flower Show which was due to be held 20th-23rd August.

Chair of the Board Max Steinberg CBE said

“We have closely monitored the situation over the past few weeks and it has now become clear that we now have no other option but to cancel the show this year. The first consideration must be the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the show, staff, volunteers, visitors, exhibitors and traders. The show has become a much-loved fixture in the horticultural calendar and in Southport/Liverpool City Region’s summer events programme and the decision to cancel has been taken with a heavy heart. The safety of all of those who support the show is of paramount importance to us and we believe this to be the only course of action as we work through this pandemic.”

This will be the first time since the Second World War that there has not been a show in Southport and it is a huge disappointment to the management team who work so hard to make this event happen...

For the full story: Southport Flower Show


Get Creative

Freedom to get creative!

The competition is for paintings, drawings, prints (not reproductions), photography, textiles, sculpture or mixed media. Or any form of artwork you can come up with. However, we do ask that colouring in outlines printed or drawn by someone else is not submitted. Adults may give encouragement but must not have a hands-on role in creating the artwork.

The Atkinson may reject entries that it considers are inappropriate for any reason. Only original works will be accepted or copies that are clearly referenced either in the image or through the title, e.g. People Inspired by L.S. Lowry.


The artworks will be reviewed by a panel appointed by the Atkinson. All works are judged on individual merit and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Winners will be announced on Thursday 28 May.

Winners will receive arts vouchers to be redeemed online.

Young artist competition

Open Art Exhibition 2020

Sefton Open is an annual exhibition.

From  Saturday 18 April 2020  - Saturday 6 June 2020

The Sefton Open is an annual exhibition celebrating the creativity and artistic talent across the borough of Sefton.

For the first time, The Atkinson is pleased to be showcasing this year’s Sefton Open in a digital exhibition.

The call for artists was open to all practitioners who live, work or were educated in Sefton. Artists were invited to submit one digital photograph of their artwork, with all practices welcomed, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, textiles and photography.

Stephen Whittle (Principal Manager, Museum, Gallery & Operations) said:

‘It’s great to see that people across Sefton are still creating such wonderful and thought-provoking artworks. Even though our Borough of Culture celebrations have been curtailed for now, the fantastic response we have had from people right across the borough demonstrates how important cultural activity still is in keeping us connected.’

The exhibition is supported by The Atkinson’s longstanding partner, Southport Palette Club, as well as many other local groups, each showcasing their skill and artistry.

Jemma Tynan (Exhibitions and Learning Officer) said:

‘It is very exciting to launch the Sefton Open Exhibition online and connect our community and the wider world with the wonderful talent of Sefton artists during this time.’

Selected artworks are available to purchase through The Atkinson and the Own Art Scheme.

Please email for more information.

Source: The Atkinson.

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The Atkinson

What do you know about The Atkinson? 

I regularly  pop in for a visit to this fine building so I found this short video  really  interesting.


Year of Culture at the Races

Year of Culture at the Races.

A remarkable work of public art to celebrate Sefton's Year of Culture 2020.

Concert Music Direct

Concert Music Direct From The Phil.

Here's a great opportunity to raise your spirits at a time of 'gloom and doom'.

Maybe you're curious about the world of classical music? Or unable to get to Liverpool to attend? Live streamed concerts give you the opportunity to experience classical music no matter where you are in the world.

You can watch the live streamed concerts on the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Facebook Page or via the videos below, and enjoy the Orchestra and guest artists performing live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

VE day 75th Celebrations

VE Day 75th Celebrations Cancelled.

Ve-day-300x157It is with huge regret and sadness,  we have to advise you :

The VE day 75th Celebrations will NOT be going ahead on Saturday 9th May, in Formby Village.

This event is now CANCELLED.

The committee have been following government legislations closely , as we all have, and realise this decision is now completely out of our hands.
The current circumstances are unprecedented and the safety of everyone, including the older patrons, is of paramount importance.

We will be rescheduling for a future date, in the same format, however we are uncertain when this may be.
However, we WILL return and hold this commemorative event , as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please keep some of the WARTIME SPIRIT. Look out for your neighbours, friends and family, especially the older generation, if they do not have anyone to help them.

Keep the same resilience that was shown in wartime..and we will come through these challenging times.

The committee wish to thank everyone for their support with this event, and hope you will support us when we reschedule our future date.

Take care everyone.

Thank you
Ve day steering committee

Source: Facebook page for the Event.