Sefton Young Artist of The Year – Digital Exhibition

Exhibition extended until 4 July 2020

Discover the next generation of artists in our Sefton Young Artist of The Year competition.

The Atkinson in partnership with The Arts Society Southport invited Young Artists aged 11-18 living in the Sefton Borough to submit one photograph of an original artwork to the competition, exhibited on The Atkinson’s website.

With over 120 entries received, the competition showcases the emerging talent in Sefton across a variety of artistic practices.

The competition winners were announced on Thursday 28 May and awarded prizes donated by The Arts Society Southport.

Jemma Tynan, Exhibitions and Learning Officer, The Atkinson
‘A huge congratulations to all the young artists who sent in their artwork for The Young Artist of The Year Competition. Their creativity and talent challenged the judges and they took many things into consideration to decide the winners and commended works. Thank you to The Art Society Southport for their sponsorship and support.’

Beatrice McIntosh, Arts Society Southport
‘I was very impressed with the variety and sheer scale of entries in this first digital competition. It is part of our remit to encourage creativity and young arts to flourish and we are very happy to be involved in supporting this Competition and thank The Atkinson for providing the platform for this event.’

Click the thumbnails to see the artworks in full.

Competition Winners


Competition Entries

Young Artists Age 11

Young Artists Age 12

Young Artists Age 13

Young Artists Age 14

Young Artists Age 15

Young Artists Age 16

Young Artists Age 17

Young Artists Age 18


The artworks were reviewed by a panel appointed by the Atkinson. All works were judged on individual merit and the judges’ decision is final. No correspondence or discussion was entered into. Winners were announced on Thursday 28 May. Winners received 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.

The Borough of Culture is awarded by Liverpool City Region to either Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens or Wirral on an annual basis. The initiative was introduced in 2018 to allow each borough to provide cultural programmes for local communities. In 2020 Sefton’s Borough of Culture programme focuses on storytelling, local history and the environment.

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