The Sefton Open is an annual exhibition celebrating the creativity and artistic talent across the borough. The exhibition takes over The Atkinson’s art gallery in an eclectic salon-style hang and features a wide variety of works from individual artists and local groups. Each year the exhibition attracts thousands of visitors to The Atkinson.
The Atkinson’s longstanding partner, Southport Palette Club, select the work from individual artists for the Sefton Open. The club was formed in 1921 to champion the work of local artists and this will be their 98th annual exhibition.
A wide variety of media is welcomed, including film, sculpture, craft, paintings, prints and textiles. Artists may submit up to 3 original artworks for consideration by the Council of Southport Palette Club. There is a non-refundable £5 handling fee for each work submitted. No more than 4 works can be displayed by any individual artist in the Sefton Open, this includes works displayed with Southport Palette Club and works displayed with local groups.
Individual artists are responsible for selecting original artwork for consideration by Southport Palette Club or inclusion with local group submissions, which has not previously been exhibited at The Atkinson or featured in the shop. Local groups can register for entry by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the groups and societies entry form.
To submit artwork, you must be aged 18+ and either live, work or have been educated in Sefton.
Visitors to the exhibition can purchase catalogues and are encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork on display. The artwork with the most votes will be awarded The People’s Prize. Visitors can also support local artists by investing in their work, most artworks are available to purchase through The Atkinson and the Own Art Scheme.
Artwork hand in day: 12 March 2024, 11am – 7pm
Download entry form
In the entry form documents you will find:
• Entry guidelines.
• Information on how to prepare your artwork for submission.
• Entry form.