The Atkinson

The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Festivals

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Admission charges

Library and museum and art galleries free to enter. Booking required for the theatre and studio shows.

Getting there

By Road

With a variety of road networks leading into Southport taking in some stunning views, it is easy to travel to Southport by car:

From the South, take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport.

From the North, follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) and then follow the signs to Southport.

For direct routes please visit the AA Route planner
Park & ride services

There are three operating park and ride services in Southport; the Esplanade, Kew and Fairways. Click on each name for further information on the current service offered.
Parking

There is on-road pay and display parking around Southport as well as a number of off-road car parks. For more detailed car parking information in Southport please visit sefton.gov.uk/parking

Additional info

Theatre
Gallery
Bakery
Shop
Library
Studio
Craft
Museum (opening Oct 2014)

Fine Art Collection

The Atkinson has an outstanding collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings and watercolours dating from the 17th century to the present day.
Exhibitions

We will be undertaking a series of thematic exhibitions throughout the year with objects drawn mainly from The Atkinson’s permanent collection, enhanced with loans from other regional museums and from the Arts Council’s collection of contemporary art. Content will be designed to cover the widest range of visitor taste from traditional oil paintings to avant-garde installations and digital media.
History Collection

Our history collections include archaeology, ethnography, coins and medals, toys, furniture, Triassic fossil footprints, maritime history and local history.
The Goodison Collection of Egyptology

This collection is considered to be of national importance and contains around 1,000 objects including a sarcophagus lid, bronze figures, jewellery, clothing and scarabs.
Decorative Arts

Our decorative art collection features large collections of Goss and Liverpool Porcelain, as well as Minton, Wedgwood, Chinese porcelain and contemporary craft.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Photography, Performing Arts, Decorative and Applied Art, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Aviation, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Goodison Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Shojo Manga: The World of Japanese Girls’ Comics

  • 9 January — 14 February 2016 *on now

We are proud to present the first major exhibition of Japanese shojo (girls’) manga in the UK in association with the Kyoto International Manga Museum.

This exhibition introduces the world of Japanese “shojo” (girls’) manga through elaborate replica (“Genga’ (Dash)”) prints developed jointly by Kyoto Seika University’s International Manga Research Centre and the manga artist Keiko Takemiya, Principle of Kyoto Seika University. Genga’ (Dash) prints are copies of original artworks that have been faithfully reproduced aiming to conserve original manga artwork which is easily damaged and worn.

Japan’s shojo manga culture dates back to the post-war years but only evolved into its broad-ranging and hugely-popular form of today as a result of the innovative work of a small group of artists in the 1970s. This exhibition features the work of 3 of these artists – Akiko Hatsu, Keiko Takemiya and Yukiko Kai. It will be accompanied by examples of work by a further 17 artists who have helped shape the world of shojo manga since it began.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/shojo-manga-the-world-of-japanese-girls-comics/

Victorian Dreamers

  • 16 January — 13 November 2016 *on now

Much of Victorian art was escapist, offering a respite from the world of work and everyday concerns. Although it presented an idealised view of the world we can still often discern the underlying concerns of the age and its most deep-rooted anxieties. Drawn from our own outstanding collection of Victorian art, this exhibition looks at the themes of travel, storytelling, the antique past and nature. Many works have been recently restored and are exhibited for the first time in several decades.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/victorian-dreamers/

Lord Street

  • 23 January — 31 July 2016 *on now

The mile long, Victorian thoroughfare is said to have been the inspiration for the tree lined boulevards of Paris. With a charming, unique style all of its own, Lord Street has been a favourite shopping destination for over a century and has many fascinating stories to tell.

The exhibition will bring together a wide range of material including archive photographs, architectural plans as well as costume and film, to explore the heritage of the water features, gardens, glass-topped verandas and architectural buildings.

It will also provide opportunities for local people and businesses who have worked, lived and visited Lord Street to tell their stories, or their ancestors’ stories.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/lord-street/

Derek Culley

  • 6 February — 15 May 2016 *on now

We open our new commercial gallery with an exhibition of work by Birkdale resident and Dublin born artist Derek Culley. Derek exhibits internationally and we are delighted that he has chosen The Landing to display his vibrant paintings and prints, all of which are for sale.

The Landing is an exciting new Gallery showcasing affordable art work from leading regional artists, with regularly changing exhibitions and special Buyers’ Preview Evenings.

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/derek-culley-the-landing/

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People

  • 20 February — 22 May 2016

A Hayward Touring and Arts Council Collection exhibition, curated by Jennifer Higgie

This exhibition reflects a personal view of a period of radical change in art, from Jennifer Higgie, co-editor of frieze magazine. One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/exhibition/one-day-something-happens-paintings-of-people/

Getting there

By Road

With a variety of road networks leading into Southport taking in some stunning views, it is easy to travel to Southport by car:

From the South, take the M6 to exit 26; the M58 will take you to Ormskirk and then take the A570 to Southport.

From the North, follow the A59 from Preston (exit 31 from the M6) and then follow the signs to Southport.

For direct routes please visit the AA Route planner
Park & ride services

There are three operating park and ride services in Southport; the Esplanade, Kew and Fairways. Click on each name for further information on the current service offered.
Parking

There is on-road pay and display parking around Southport as well as a number of off-road car parks. For more detailed car parking information in Southport please visit sefton.gov.uk/parking

The Atkinson
Lord Street
Southport
Merseyside
PR8 1DB
England

Website

www.theatkinson.co.uk

E-mail

galleries@theatkinson.co.uk

boxoffice@theatkinson.co.uk

Telephone

01704 533333

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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