Sefton Open 2021


Profusion, Jane Hunt, Acrylic

Submission deadline: 31 March 2021

Online exhibition: 17 April – 6 June 2021

Download an entry form

The Sefton Open is an annual exhibition celebrating the creativity and artistic talent across the borough of Sefton. For the second time, The Atkinson is pleased to be showcasing this year’s Sefton Open in an online exhibition.

The call for artists is open to all practitioners who live, work or were educated in Sefton. Artists are invited to submit digital photographs of their artwork, with all practices welcomed, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, textiles and photography.

It is an opportunity for Sefton’s artists to exhibit together and to showcase their work, whilst bringing joy to people in their homes. Each artist is responsible for selecting original artworks for inclusion, which has not previously been exhibited in The Sefton Open, in an online exhibition, or previously at The Atkinson.

The deadline for entries for the Sefton Open online exhibition is 31 March 2021.

Responding to government guidelines, we have taken the difficult decision not to hold a public exhibition in our galleries.

At this time, we will provide an update on whether an exhibition in The Atkinson’s galleries can also take place, in line with government guidance. If a physical exhibition can go ahead, it will be on a smaller scale than previous years. Art Groups will be informed, and the Palette Club will select works from the individual online submissions and these artists will be contacted to arrange delivery to The Atkinson for display. If selected, artists can opt to accept or remain online only to accommodate individual circumstances.

Any questions please contact the Exhibitions and Learning Officer at