Museum from Home

Museum from Home

Today we are excited to be taking part in a BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine event; #MuseumFromHome.

Follow @AtkinsonThe and #MuseumFromHome on Twitter to discover an amazing online catalogue of content from museums across the UK.

Here are The Atkinson’s top 10 #MuseumFromHome items to explore online:


1. Sefton Open – Digital Exhibition

View 190 artworks online in The Atkinson’s annual Sefton Open exhibition, celebrating the creativity and artistic talent across the borough. 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. 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, with selected artworks available to purchase.


2. Sefton Young Artist of the Year Competition

Enter The Atkinson’s Sefton Young Artist of the Year Competition by Sunday 10 May and be in with a chance of winning prizes donated by The Arts Society Southport. All types of artworks from ages 11-18 are welcome, including digital art and traditional practices. All entries will be exhibited on The Atkinson’s website from 13 May – 6 June 2020. Winners announced on Thursday 28 May.


3. The Triumph of Art – Digital Exhibition

This exhibition, available to view online ahead of the display in The Atkinson, celebrates the restoration of a painting that was given to The Atkinson in the late 19th century; ‘The Triumph of Art’ by Nicolas Pierre Loir. In the painting, classical figures representing the visual arts pay homage to Jean Baptiste Colbert, a major patron of the arts and a powerful minister who helped Louis XIV rule over France in the 1600s. The exhibition also features highlights from The Atkinson’s collection, reflecting the art forms portrayed in ‘The Triumph of Art’, including portraiture, sculpture, music and painting.

The Triumph of Art, Nicolas Pierre Loir (1624–1679).
Atkinson Art Gallery Collection.


4. Festival of Hope: Butterflies In The Chaos

The Atkinson is working with a group of young people to create a Festival of Hope in 2020; a celebration of creativity, diverse art forms and youth-led activity. Due to the current situation, we have been presented with an opportunity to reflect the real world around us and create an exciting digital artwork and platform. To do this, we are seeking 5 young leaders (17-25) to work online with artist Laurence Payot and create exciting digital work for younger participants (14-18). Deadline to apply to be a young leader is Tuesday 5 May. The end project will form an interactive webpage showing the talents, creativity and wares of young people based in Sefton.


5. Fine Art Collection

The Atkinson’s fine art collection houses almost three thousand works of art dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries. The Atkinson are in the process of digitising their collection, a selection of artworks are available to browse on the Art UK website.

You can also purchase selected framed and un-framed print reproductions from The Atkinson’s fine art collection via the Art UK Shop.


6. Discover Ancient Egypt: Gold & Grime

Our stunning Egyptology gallery, Discover Ancient Egypt, takes visitors on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. Whilst the museum is closed, you can discover the surprising story behind the North West’s Egyptology treasures collected by women with our online resource Gold and Grime.


7. Viking Craft

Download our Viking Craft Book and learn how to make your own Viking helmet, shield, sword, beard, braids and jewellery. The Viking Craft Book was designed and created by Abiana Bore, Liverpool Hope University Fine Art Student. If you would like to learn more about The Viking Age in the North West, we recommend downloading this app from The University of Liverpool.


8. Discover the History of our Building

Did you know that Julius Caesar, Caratacus, Alfred the Great and Edward the Confessor surround The Atkinson’s clock tower?… Find out more about the Grade II Listed Building we call our home in this video by Adam Hughes.


9. Exhibition Videos

On our Facebook page you can watch videos from our previous exhibitions and find out what the artists, curators and collaborators have to say.


10. Sefton Looking Back

Discover historic images from across the borough of Sefton, dating from 1850 onwards, on the Sefton Looking Back website. Sefton Libraries have a superb archive of historical photographs which portray aspects of life throughout Sefton down the years.

Gentlemen playing Golf at Birkdale


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Posted on 29 April 2020 under At Home Activities, Exhibition, Gallery, General news, Museum

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