Last Station Locating to The Atkinson, Southport

Last Station Locating to The Atkinson, Southport

LAST STATION/LOCATED: SOUTHPORT arrives at The Atkinson on Saturday 11 November to Sunday 17 December. The exhibition is free and includes two free public events:

LOCATED: SOUTHPORT is a large scale stitched fabric and tracing paper installation supported by a scaffold frame. The installation houses sculpture and multi-media projections and sounds. The placement in the Atkinson Gallery is influenced by the coastal location, the shipping channels of the Mersey Estuary and the treacherous sandbanks off the Lancashire Coastline. The work reflects the artists’ journey to Southport via Bridport, Harwich, Deptford, Leeds, Hull, Scarborough, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Tour and Talk – Tuesday 14 November, 1pm: A guided tour with the artists Elise&Mary, who have created LOCATED: SOUTHPORT, with a Q & A session.

Workshop – Wednesday 15 November, 11 am – 3pm: Design and make your own flag with Elise & Mary, perfect for all ages with no experience necessary, just bring your imagination and ideas. Elise and Mary will help you make a flag to take home and create a design for a Flag for the Atkinson.

‘LOCATE’ : a chance to try out a free innovative phone app to record how your surroundings affect you on an emotion chart and gallery. Your chart and gallery images can be stored as a personal record or shared with a network of people to create a unique record of how our environments affects us which will be printed as a unique digital artwork available to all.

What is it all about: Last Station, located & dislocated is inspired by the ‘Guiding Lights’ and navigation systems of Trinity House and the importance of marine history and waterways in the UK’s heritage and identity. The central idea behind the work is to think about how we form connection to ‘place’ and sense of identity – physically, culturally, emotionally and spiritually. The installation uses the concept of floating navigational aids moored on shifting sandbanks – Light Vessels and Buoys – as a metaphor to explore the states of location and dislocation for individuals and communities. You are invited to explore this installation of rooms within rooms of sculpture, lights, video and soundscapes, to make you own connections and disconnections. The work has been developed by artists Elise & Mary over 5 years and is funded by the Arts Council of England.

The exhibition at The Atkinson will be the major showcase of its tour between 2016 – 2018 with other destinations including Leeds, Hull and Eastbourne.

For more information about the exhibition please visit  or call 01704 533333

The Galleries are open 10am -4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 3pm Sundays (School holidays only)

For more information, interviews or images please call:

Lead Artists Elise Liversedge on 07961 792936 or Mary Hooper on 07939645939 or email:


Elise&Mary is a multidisciplinary fine art and design partnership, both artists inspired by the way we all inhabit and made sense of the world around us. Their practice is research based, with a long successful track record of working with communities, government and cultural organisations. Both artists have 25 years’ experience of teaching, curation, commissioning and project management.

They constantly develop their practice as fine artists working in the public realm, creating work that has a meaningful legacy for the place and people it’s made for.

Last Station: located&dislocated is a site specific multi-disciplinary interactive arts project inspired by the history of the Light Vessels, their crews and the history and development of Trinity House. Elise&Mary have created an installation housing the artists’ research and interpretation of this important part of our maritime heritage. The work explores the states of location and dislocation, for individuals and communities, to ‘place’ and identity – physically, culturally, emotionally and spiritually.

Starting with life aboard the LV21 in Gillingham in 2012 during an Artists’ symposium and the first leg of the journey Last Station located&dislocated took place in 2013. The research and site specific exhibitions in Bridport and Harwich, Deptford and Bexhill – on – Sea are recorded in the 2013 Last Station Project Book, in printed Journals and online.

Last StationTouring 2016 -18 visits Leeds, Hull, Scarborough, Southport and Eastbourne during its 2 year journey, creating work with people they meet on the way and an online archive of research, conversations, drawings, artworks, soundscapes and video.

Last Station Touring is funded by Arts Council of England, Awards 4 All, and Sefton Council, with support in kind from The Atkinson Gallery, and partners in Leeds, Hull, and Eastbourne.


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About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. The stunning 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2013 to create a really welcoming family friendly 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. Wander 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.


Find out about Sefton’s heritage with amazing tales of the sea, Red Rum, Dan Dare and Motor racing in the Museum and then ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’   in our Egyptology Gallery, this remarkable collection of archaeology was  discovered by Mrs Goodison from Bootle and until 2015 had not been seen for over 40 years.


Our lovely gift shop  is well worth a visit, with its handmade in Merseyside jewellery and crafts collection and Southport memorabilia and then relax and take in your day in our new café A Great Little Place.



Posted on 17 October 2017 under General news

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