Spotlight Talk:  Matania, Master of Detail and Place – With Volunteer Jan

Our brilliant volunteer team are a passionate bunch! They love the arts and are dedicated to making The Atkinson a vibrant and welcoming space for everyone. They love learning about and sharing history, art, and culture with the public.

We have asked our team of volunteers to identify their favourite painting or object from our collection.

Join us for a free Spotlight Talk about our beautiful night-time scene of theatre goers leaving the Garrick Theatre on Lord Street. Titled Southport for a Holiday in Wintertime this stunningly detailed illustration of Southport in the 1930s was created by Fortunino Matania, a painter and illustrator whose skills were envied by his fellow artists. While we admire the stunning costumes we can also speculate on the relationships between the characters portrayed and wallow in the nostalgia of an age now past. Your thoughts and ideas are positively encouraged!

Jan has volunteered at The Atkinson for nine years and is passionate about local history. She has delivered two of our Object of the Month Talks, Spotlight Talks and can frequently be found supporting our schools programme and delivering tours around the building. Jan says, “My favourite part of The Atkinson’s collection is our Egyptology Gallery, which I enjoy sharing with school groups and then seeing the children reflecting back their knowledge and learning.”

Due to limited space in our Museum this short Spotlight Talk will be delivered in an informal style to a standing audience (a few seats can be made available for those who need them).

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