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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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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.