Friends of the Atkinson Art Gallery
Welcome page for the Friends on the Atkinson Art Gallery About the work of the Friends (image - detail of 'Street Scene' by  L.S. Lowry, 1935) Information on the Atkinson's collection (image - detail of 'Lilleth'  by John Collier, copyright (c) Suzannah Greenwood) Events planned by the Friends (image - sculpture 'Allium' copyright (c) Ruth Moillet)

Information on visiting the Atkinson Art Gallery

Welcome page for the Friends on the Atkinson Art Gallery About the work of the Friends Information on the Atkinson's collectionInformation on the Atkinson's collection Events planned by the Friends Information on visiting the Atkinson Art Gallery

Pygmalion and Galatea (detail), 1886 by Ernest Normand
'Pygmalion and Galatea'
Ernest Normand
A Dressing Room at Drury Lane  by Laura Knight (1877-1970)
'A Dressing Room at Drury Lane'
Laura Knight
 
'Big Cat' sculpture, copyright (c) Tony Evans
'Big Cat'
Tony Evans

 




The Collection

The Atkinson Art Gallery was opened in 1878 following a donation by William Atkinson of £6,000 to the Southport Corporation to build an art gallery and library for the town. During his life, William Atkinson generously donated approximately £40,000 to the town and played an active part in its development.

A local collector, Miss Ball founded the gallery’s permanent collection with a bequest of eighteen oils and twenty-one watercolours, in 1879.

Today, the gallery is part of The Atkinson – a multi art form venue – and has an extensive and varied permanent collection, including works by the following artists:

John Collier (Lilleth / In the Venusberg)
Jacob Epstein (Maria Donska)
Dame Elisabeth Frink (The General)
Augustus John (The Red Toque)
L.S. Lowry (Street Scene, 1935)
Henry Moore (Three Way Piece Points)
Paul Nash (Vimy Ridge)
Ernest Normand (Pygmalion and Galatea)
John Piper (Ruin, Dentdale, 1940's)
Walter R. Sickert (Theatre of the Young Artists / Sinn Feiners)

For information on exhibitions and events at The Atkinson visit their website www.theatkinson.co.uk


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