Be at the heart of The Atkinson

Membership is your way to get closer to Sefton’s fascinating heritage, and a whole world of incredible art. For just a few pounds a month, you can enjoy a programme of exclusive events and discounts. At the same time, you’ll be helping us to use our remarkable building and its collections to benefit local communities and inspire future generations.

Individual Membership: £36 / £26 concession
Joint Membership: £67 / £47 concession

Purchase online or at the Box Office.

Membership benefits

• Special Members-only events, including exclusive access to artist-led exhibition briefings and a behind-the-scenes tour
• Invitations for you and a guest to attend exhibition opening nights
• Free entry to The Atkinson’s regular programme of Evening Talks
• £10 off a purchase of original artwork in our Landing exhibitions
• 10% discount in A Great Little Place café
• 10% discount in The Atkinson’s shop
• A ticket for one of The Atkinson’s regular Studio events: choose between our acclaimed Americana, roots and acoustic gigs with Grateful Fred’s or our relaxing Cake and Classical afternoon concerts. (note that this is one ticket per member, so joint membership includes two tickets)

Terms and Conditions apply

Why become a member?

Learn something new
Indulge your interest with free access to our regular programme of talks and special briefings on new exhibitions. Normally closed to the public, our team briefings are a unique opportunity to hear directly from the artist or curator as they explain the ideas behind their work before the exhibition opens.

Get closer to the art
We have fascinating store rooms that are full of items not on display. From the costume store to the pottery shelves, the contemporary sculpture to the historic paintings, a behind-the-scenes tour gives a memorable view of museum and gallery which few visitors see.

Be part of a like-minded community
Whether you’re joining us for the opening night of new exhibitions, when the gallery is buzzing with art-lovers, or catching a thought-provoking film in the comfort of the plush auditorium, you’ll be a vital part of what makes our Atkinson family so special. Whenever you visit, we’ll thank you for your loyalty with a warm welcome and a 10% discount at A Great Little Place café and our gift shop and on selected art sales.

Make a difference to other peoples’ lives
Your support enables us reach out to people in our borough who are risk of isolation or less privileged. All income from Membership – and every additional pound you give as a donation – goes directly to The Atkinson Development Trust, who work to welcome the widest possible community, and help us to conserve art for future generations to enjoy.

The Trust is a charity run by volunteers, driven by a love of Sefton and The Atkinson, and a belief in the transformative power of art. Your valued support means we can do more to bring communities together for creative inspiration, enjoyment and improved wellbeing.

Annual Membership

Membership lasts for 12 months from date of purchase, you can buy your Membership whenever it suits you. We’ll send you a reminder a month before your membership is due to end. Joint Membership is available for two people living at the same postal address. You are eligible for the concessionary rate if you are a full-time student, or in receipt of benefits. Please read the terms and conditions for more information.

How to purchase Membership
You can buy Membership online using credit or debit card, or pay in person by cash or card at The Atkinson’s Box Office. If you buy your Membership at the Box Office, you will be given a Membership Card and Welcome Pack immediately (subject to availability). If you buy your Membership online, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Please allow 14 days for your Welcome Pack and Membership Card to be processed and posted. Your benefits can be redeemed straight away.

Gift Membership

The perfect present for the art-lover in your life, or a thoughtful choice for the friends who have everything. Your gift has the added benefit of giving back to the community as the income from Membership directly supports our charity.

How to purchase Gift Membership
Simply select the annual Membership type you would like to give (Individual or Joint) and make your purchase at the Box Office or online. You will receive a Gift Membership Voucher to give to the recipient. If you buy Gift Membership online you will receive a ‘print at home’ voucher, which you can choose to email or print. Gift Membership Vouchers are valid for 12 months. Please read the terms and conditions for more information.

How to redeem Gift Membership

In person – Bring your Gift Membership Voucher to the Box Office to sign up and start your 12 month Membership. We’ll take a few details, and provide you with your Membership Card and Welcome Pack.

Online – Follow these steps:
1. Go to this page
2. Start as if you were buying new Membership
3. Select the Membership type you’ve been gifted (Individual or Joint)
4. At checkout, type the unique code printed on your voucher into the ‘Promo Code’ box
5. You will receive a confirmation email and your Membership pack will be posted to you. Please allow 14 days for your Welcome Pack and Membership Card to be processed and posted. Your benefits can be redeemed straight away.

Any questions?

If you’d like to find out more about Membership, you can drop in to speak with a member of staff, drop The Atkinson Development Trust a line on, or check page menu (top left of this page) for more information.

The Atkinson Development Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation Registered Charity Number 1161020.