The Atkinson

The Atkinson
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The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful 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, Museum, Heritage site, Library, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

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

Museum & Galleries
Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Bakery
Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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

Please note, our opening times are changing. We will be closed on Sundays from 11 June and re-opening on Sundays during school holidays.

Admission charges

Access to the building, Library, Gallery and Museums is free. Some events are subject to ticketing and costs.

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

Library
Gallery
Museum
Theatre
Cinema
Comedy
Music
Family
Cafe
Shop

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.
Lily in landscape

John Armstrong: Dream and Reality

  • 16 June — 3 September 2017 *on now

Although John Armstrong ARA (1893 – 1973) studied briefly at St John’s Wood School of Art he was essentially self-taught. His one-man exhibition in 1928 established him in avant-garde circles, including that of Unit One with Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash and others.

He later became deeply involved in theatre and film, designing sets for the Royal Ballet and costumes for ten of Alexander Korda’s epic films.

His diverse work shows the influence of Surrealism, but he was never a Surrealist; instead he forged a very personal style that attacked conventional ideas and beliefs with ironic wit and personal symbolism.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/john-armstrong-dream-and-reality/

golf cartoons

Hole in One!

  • 16 June — 28 August 2017 *on now

A chance to buy a piece of unique golfing cartoon artwork from some of our best-loved illustrators, including William Heath Robinson, Louis Wain and Lawson Wood. The work has been made available by the Chris Beetles Gallery, London.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/hole-in-one/

Watercolour painting of two dogs

Why Look at Animals?

  • 16 June 2017 — 11 March 2018 *on now

John Berger argued in his 1977 essay Why Look At Animals?, that humanity has lost its contact with nature since moving into town and cities. We now tend to think of animals only as Zoo creatures, pets or food source.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/why-look-at-animals/

image of Gloria Minoprio

Golf and Glamour: Fashion on the Fairway from the Nineteenth Century to today

  • 16 June — 28 August 2017 *on now

Once again The Open comes to Royal Birkdale and thousands of sports fans will descend on Southport to watch the biggest stars of the sport. We celebrate with an exhibition of Golf Fashion.

Exploring the ever- changing styles of the sportswear that has showcased on the famous Fairway from the blazers, top hats, corsets, and bonnets of the late nineteenth century to the more functional fashion of the present day.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/golf-and-glamour-fashion-on-the-fairway-from-the-nineteenth-century-to-today/

entanglement of various threads

Cross Street Arts

  • 1 July — 27 August 2017

Since 2004, they have supported professional artists, providing them with studio space and exhibition opportunities with the greater aim of creating a better access and appreciation of visual arts through learning.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/cross-street-arts/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
image of face and its skeleton

The Past in the Present: Historical Faces, New Technologies

  • 6 September 2017 7-9pm

LJMU’s Face Lab works at the forefront of craniofacial research. This illustrated talk will share insights into Face Lab’s methods and techniques, which combine anatomical methods, artistic skill and cutting-edge technology in novel ways, with reference to recent archaeological casework produced for museums and heritage projects in the UK and beyond.

Kathryn Smith (MSc, MAFA) is a PhD researcher and graduate teaching assistant in Face Lab, LJMU School of Art and Design. An internationally recognised visual artist and curator, she qualified as a forensic artist in 2013 (Dundee). Her research focuses on the cultural potency of contemporary depictions of the dead. She is actively involved in Face Lab projects and the MA Art in Science programme.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Evening talks are for members, however non-members are welcome for a fee of £5 on the door. If you are interested in becoming a member in aid of The Atkinson’s Development Trust, please click here.

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/past-present-historical-faces-new-technologies/

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

hello@theatkinson.co.uk

boxoffice@theatkinson.co.uk

Telephone

01704 533 333

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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