Ladies Lead the Way in The Atkinson’s New Exhibition

Ladies Lead the Way in The Atkinson’s New Exhibition

Friday 3 June – Sunday 7 August

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB

Discover the trailblazing female artists who broke new ground to rival their male contemporaries at The Atkinson’s First Ladies exhibition this June.

This exhibition is a first for The Atkinson and is a celebration of the achievements of female artists who were trailblazers and pioneers.  It is a fantastic opportunity to discover Sefton’s rich collection of female artists’ work which are all part of The Atkinson’s own permanent collection.

It is also the first chance for The Atkinson to reveal its latest acquisition funded by the Ecclesiastical Original Print Award. ‘12 Objects, 12 Etchings’ is a portfolio of 12 prints by leading British artist Rachel Whiteread. It is a hugely important addition to our collection and was purchased at this year’s London Original Print Fair (LOPF). 

Nicola Euston; Museum Manager said:

“The Atkinson is the treasure chest of so many incredible stories of people, places and movements back in history. We have a particularly strong relationship with some amazing females and their very personal stories and we felt it was really important and interesting to share some of these in this exhibition.” 

Work from well-known artists such as Laura Knight and Elisabeth Frink can be seen, but the collection also tells the stories and brings together truly innovative craft artists who developed new techniques to overcome personal challenges as well as artists associated with the Suffragette Movement.

Join us as we celebrate the incredible achievements of female artists who were pushing creative boundaries at a time when men were the dominant force in the art world, as well as contemporary artists like Tracey Emin, who continue to break conventions.

We are also looking to hear from you about your first ladies. Get in touch and nominate the lady in your life that has inspired you, or that you simply adore! All you have to do is tweet us using #AtkFirstLadies and tell us who you are nominating. We will randomly pick 5 people and their guests that tweet us to join us at the special preview on 2 June.

The exhibition opens with a special preview on Thursday 2 June but will be open to the public on Friday 3 June. There will be an associated programme of talks and events, details of which can be found on The Atkinson’s website .

As part of this exhibition The Atkinson is screening  the film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and  Helena Bonham Carter is showing on Friday 24 June at 7.30pm, tickets are £4.50* and available from box office, online or at The Atkinson’s counter.

First Ladies can be seen at The Atkinson on Friday 3 June – Sunday 7 August

The exhibition is free.

For more information please call Box Office on 01704 533 333 or visit

*Please note: There is a £1 booking fee for online and telephone sales and a 2% fee over the counter with a credit card.

Image Credit:
Untitled 05
By Rachel Whiteread
From 12 Objects, 12 Etchings
Portfolio of 12 etchings
Sheet size: 39 x 37.5 cm (15 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches)
Published 2010
Edition 42
Courtesy Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd




For interviews, or more information please contact or call 0151 934 2129



Friday 3 June – Sunday 7 August

First Ladies

The Atkinson

Free Entrance



Friday 24 June




*Please note: There is a £1 booking fee for online and telephone sales and a 2% fee over the counter with a credit card.


The Atkinson

Lord Street




Posted on 9 May 2016 under Just announced

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