The Atkinson

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

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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, Library, Museum, 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.

The Sefton Open

  • 22 November — 19 December 2014 *on now

For the first time in its history the Sefton Open also provides local art groups and societies with an opportunity to exhibit together and to showcase their work. Art groups from Ainsdale, Birkdale, Maghull and Southport are all represented in the biggest celebration of Sefton’s creativity ever seen.

The Palette Club are working in partnership with The Atkinson and are selecting the work by individual artists to appear in the exhibition, while The Atkinson team has selected the work from art groups and societies.

There are opportunities to buy unique artworks and collect them in time for Christmas with a wide variety of work on show, ranging from large-scale sculpture to textiles, ceramics and paintings

This year there is a £100 people prize for the artwork voted most popular by visitors, so do not forget to cast your vote when you visit!

Rediscoveries

  • 10 January — 3 October 2015

Recent research has uncovered some outstanding works of art in The Atkinson’s permanent collection. This display features two 20th century masterpieces previously unknown or thought lost, including a major Futurist composition by CRW Nevinson and an Impressionist landscape by Jacques Emile Blanche. Recently restored drawings and prints are also brought to light including figure drawings by Augustus John and Keith Vaughan, and key examples of the British printmaking revival.

Admission

Please check before visiting.

Website

http://www.theatkinson.co.uk/visit-us/booking-your-tickets/

LS Lowry and Theodore Major: Two Lancashire Painters

  • 17 January — 29 March 2015

Compare the works of two very different Lancashire artists who both shared a distinctive vision of the industrialized landscapes of nothern England.

LS Lowry, needs no introduction he has become one of the most famous artists and a household name. Theodore Major on the other hand almost lapsed into obscurity, why?

The Eye of the Beholder

  • 24 January — 26 April 2015

Artists have recorded our obsession with achieving physical perfection for thousands of years. This wide ranging survey of artworks looks and some of the many varied aspects of physical beauty and their representation throughout history

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

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