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See some real Characters at Southport Atkinson Art Gallery
Local families get creative with a varied line-up of activities at Southport’s Atkinson Art Gallery.
The Lord Street venue will host a number of events for the whole family in August as part of the ‘Characters: The People Behind The Portraits’ exhibition.

The exhibition, a celebration of portraiture through the ages, features work from the Atkinson Art Gallery’s permanent collection as well as loans from other galleries’ national collections.

Children and their families can enjoy a range of free Craft Club activities at the gallery, in which youngsters will have the chance to make artwork focussing on portraits, which they can then take home with them.

The craft sessions are on Wednesday, August 6, Saturday, August 16, Wednesday, August 20 and Saturday, August 30.

The Saturday sessions take place between 10am and noon and the Wednesday sessions are held from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

There is no need to book and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Jo Jones, Sefton’s Arts and Cultural Services manager will give a talk on Thursday, August 21 about the portraits collection at the gallery.

The talk, which starts at 7.30pm, will give people the chance to find out more about the gallery’s collection, from modern pieces to more traditional artwork. Tickets are £2 and can be booked by calling 0151 934 2110.

Families can even have a go at creating their own self-portrait at a free workshop with local artist Ross Clarke.

Ross will talk to people about the art of self-portraits, while those taking part can create their own masterpieces to take home with them.

The Self Portraits workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 27, with two sessions - one from 10am to 12.30pm and another from 1.30pm to 4pm. To book call the gallery on 0151-934 2110.

The gallery also has its own dedicated family art space, ArtZone, with specially designed ‘storysacs’, a dressing up box and arts and craft resources all relating to its paintings.

To find out more about the exhibition log onto

Images and text by South Port Visiter,UK

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