Open Call: Sefton Young Artist of the Year

Open Call: Sefton Young Artist of the Year

Open for entries: 5 April – 31 May 2022
Online Exhibition: 4 June 2022 – 2023
Winners Announced: 22 June 2022
Prizegiving Event: 30 July 2022
Foyer Exhibition: 30 July 2022 – tbc

Entry form: Word / PDF

The Young Artist of the Year competition showcases the emerging artistic talent in Sefton.

In partnership with The Arts Society, we invite young artists in school years 7-13 who live or go to school in Sefton to take part in our annual competition.

Select one original artwork and carefully photograph it, then email your image and entry form to by 31 May.

All competition entries will be exhibited online from 4 June. The winners will be announced on 22 June and are invited to display their work in The Atkinson Foyer from 30 July.

Prizes donated by The Arts Society Southport will be awarded at a Prizegiving Event at The Atkinson on 30 July.

Freedom to get creative!

The competition is for paintings, drawings, prints (not reproductions), photography, textiles, sculpture or mixed media. Or any form of artwork you can come up with. However, we do ask that colouring in outlines printed or drawn by someone else is not submitted. Adults may give encouragement but must not have a hands-on role in creating the artwork.

The Atkinson may reject entries that it considers are inappropriate for any reason. Only original works will be accepted or copies that are clearly referenced either in the image or through the title, e.g. People Inspired by L.S. Lowry.

Helpful tips for photographing artworks

1. Remove the artwork from a frame if glazed – glass will create reflections in the artwork.
2. Place your artwork on a neutral background – busy wallpaper and cluttered rooms to be avoided.
3. Place your artwork in an area with natural lighting – near a window or outside on an overcast day.
4. Position the camera so the screen is mostly filled with your artwork.


The artworks will be reviewed by a panel appointed by The Atkinson. All works are judged on individual merit and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Winners will be announced on 22 June. Winners will receive arts vouchers to be redeemed online.


The Arts Society Southport brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Their events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts. Their members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants. Their work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.

Posted on 5 April 2022 under Exhibition, General news

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