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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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A community VE Day celebration in Formby and a borough-wide programme of engaging young people with the older generation are some of the events Sefton is supporting for its Borough of Culture year.

Groups interested in hosting Borough of Culture themed events were asked to submit applications earlier in the year and the first wave of successful bids has just been announced.

This includes money for The Inclusion Network and their ‘Bootle’s Seal for Sefton’ project that looks at engaging disadvantaged young people with the arts.

A grant is also going to a VE Day Community Group set up to host a community street party in Formby celebrating the 75th VE Day anniversary. This will be held on Saturday, May 9 with live entertainment from the area and a parade in the village with military vehicles.

Brunswick Youth and Community Centre was also successful in securing money for their ‘Time Machine – VE Day celebration’ exploring history, art and young people.

A further grant was also given to The Windmills Foundation and their ‘Words of Wisdom’ project that is engaging with primary schools in the borough in cultural and social activities while linking them to isolated elderly residents in Sefton.

Sefton based AlsopDrama has also been successful to help fund a ‘Myths and Realities’ themed Borough of Culture production in October while Southport’s Origami Pulse will receive funds to run origami workshops across the borough throughout the year for people of all ages.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s lead sponsor for the Borough of Culture, said: 

“It has been really refreshing to hear from so many different groups contacting us with some great ideas on how to celebrate our Borough of Culture year.

“This is the first tranche of successful bids and we look forward to working with all the groups during 2020 and what is going to be a fantastic year.

“We will be announcing more successful groups in the coming weeks and if you are still interested in hosting an event, please get in touch.”

Groups can still express an interest in securing support from Sefton Council with their proposals. This may include bidding for money to help them organize events throughout 2020 with two different tiers of funding available – up to £5K and £5k-£15K.

It may also include support with such areas as event management, communications and marketing, or connections with other partner organisations.

Forms are available to download at and once completed, will be reviewed and if support is allocated, groups will be notified within 4 weeks for non-financial support and for support up to £5K and 10 weeks for £5K-£15K applications.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

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