Coastal Commission: Call for Artists

The Atkinson, Sefton Libraries and The National Trust

Call for Artists: Coastal Commission, Formby

2017 is Sefton’s Year of the Coast. It also marks the 50th anniversary of The National Trust’s caring for the extraordinary coastal landscape at Formby.

The Atkinson, in partnership with Sefton Library Service and The National Trust, is pleased to offer a new commission opportunity for an artist, maker or collective.  The artist will develop a new work or project that invites new public engagement with the coast and connects the National Trust site with the Atkinson Museum and its collections.

We welcome applications from artists working in any discipline, or across art forms. We are particularly keen to hear from artists who actively engage with communities or publics within their practice, or who produce work that includes elements of participation or performance. Artists at any stage in their career, except for students, may apply.

An Artist’s Fee of £5000 and a Production Budget of £5000 is available. There is a further budget of £1500 to produce a work to be displayed at in the Atkinson’s new Coast gallery.

The project will run between July 2017 and February 2018.


Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 21st June 2017

Interviews: Wednesday 5th July 2017

Site visits for artists interested in applying (Ranger tours & Q&A about the commission)

Thursday 1st  June  1pm;  Thursday 8th June 1pm  & 3pm – contact to book

This commission is part of At The Library, a programme of artists projects and residencies in Sefton’s Libraries. The project is supported through public funding from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For any questions or enquiries please contact Maria Brewster on



Posted on 19 May 2017 under Exhibition, Just announced, Museum

Share your comments