The Atkinson Launches New Season of Exhibitions

The Atkinson Launches New Season of Exhibitions

Image Credit : © View of Fleetwood (1842) by Francis English, Courtesy of Lancashire County Museum Service

The Atkinson opens its new season of exhibitions on Saturday 23 August with three fascinating vintage and coastal themed galleries.

Unseen Southport includes never seen before images of Southport that were recently discovered here at The Atkinson.  The images of Southport from the 1850s to the 1920s have all been taken from magic lantern slides and glass negatives discovered here and include the earliest image of the town in our collection of Lord Street from 1830.

The exhibition opened a little earlier than the others on Saturday 16 August and has already been a huge success with over a 1000 visitors seeing the exhibition.

Sea Change: The Art of England’s North West Coast is a major exhibition of paintings, poetry, sculpture and artists’ film inspired by the North West coast that will feature a wide range of work, from Martin Parr’s iconic photographs of New Brighton to Paul Scott’s ceramics as well as a newly commissioned work by contemporary photographer Paul Kenny made of found materials from Ainsdale beach.

Wish you were here?  a selection of artists’ postcards from the Jeremy Cooper collection, including work by Gilbert and George, David Hockney and Carl Andre.

Working in close collaboration with Jeremy Cooper, Art Circuit Touring Exhibitions are delighted to tour this unique exhibition. It will be a chance to preview the remarkable way artists use the postcard as a medium in its own right, before this exquisite collection’s donation to the British Museum Print and Drawing Department in 2018. The exhibition is curated by Jeremy Cooper and Cynthia Morrison Bell.

The Atkinson’s vintage summer theme, in celebration of Southport’s glamorous heyday in the 1920’s and 1930’s, has welcomed vintage seaside into the craft and gift shop, has run museum and object talks, displays and music as well as hosting its first and very successful Vintage Fair on Saturday 16 August which saw over 3500 people come to The Atkinson to enjoy the event.

You can find more information about the exhibitions online at or by calling The Atkinson Box Office on 01704 533333. Don’t forget to join The Atkinson’s mailing list to find out about the full programme of events and activities, including the next Vintage Fair.





Unseen Southport

Saturday 16 August – Sunday 16 November



Sea Change: The Art of England’s North West Coast

Saturday 23 August – Sunday 9 November



Wish You Were Here?

Saturday 23 August – Sunday 9 November




The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website call box office on 01704 533333




Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 |

About 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.

The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wonder through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.

In October 2014 The Atkinson becomes something even more exciting for visitors, with the opening of the museum which will tell the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. It will also be the new home for the Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not seen for over 40 years.





Posted on 18 August 2014 under General news

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