Sefton Open 2020

The Sefton Open is a chance for visitors to discover the wealth of artistic talent that we have to offer in Sefton. The Southport Palette Club will be running an exhibition in two of the gallery spaces where anyone who lives, works or was educated in Sefton can submit work. Whether you make ceramics, sculpture, paintings, textiles or photography, this is your chance to exhibit at The Atkinson.

The rest of the gallery spaces will be taken over by a wide range of art clubs and groups each showcasing their skill and artistry. If you are a group looking to be part of this exhibition, please get in touch with

If you are an individual looking to enter you can download the entry form here

The Atkinson Art Competition for Sefton Art Students

Open to students in Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and College (eg AS Level, A Level and BTEC students) attending schools/colleges in the Sefton Borough, the prize winners will feature as part of the Sefton Open exhibition. All prizes have been donated by The Art Society.

Conditions of entry:
Eligibility – Open to art students attending a school or college in the Sefton Borough.

The exhibition is for paintings, drawings, prints (not reproductions), photography, textiles, sculpture and mixed media. There is no prescribed theme for works entered.

Download the entry form here.

Colouring in outlines printed or drawn by someone else is not acceptable. Adults may give encouragement but must not have a hands-on role in creating the artwork. The Atkinson may reject entries that it considers inappropriate for any reason.

A maximum of 10 pieces of work per school/college may be submitted.

Selection – The work is selected 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. Work that has been selected for display must remain in the gallery until close of exhibition.
Prizes –  The following prizes, sponsored by The Art Society are offered to the school/college of the winning pupil:

Vouchers for art supplies sponsored by Southport Art Society are awarded for first and second in each age category.

Winners and runners up work will be exhibited in The Atkinson Open Exhibition.

Exhibition Opening Times

Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm

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Image Credit: Crop of painting by Fred Sumner