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The Story So Far

Type:Exhibition

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB

Tel: 01704 533333

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The Story So Far

Looking at the theme of storytelling, this exhibition includes highlights from The Atkinson's collection and the Harris Art Gallery in Preston.

The Harris's collection is built upon the wealth and personal collections of the textile manufacturers of the town. Richard Newsham, whose father made a fortune from cotton and from banking, left a sizeable bequest of paintings featuring work by the leading British artists of the day, several of which will be included in the exhibition. The Atkinson's founding collections were acquired from the wealthy middle-class families that retired to the seaside resort of Southport or bought holiday homes in the town. Both collections received important founding bequests of narrative paintings and continued to develop this strand of collecting well into the twentieth century.

The exhibition will look at differing kinds of story-telling, from the illustration of literary and historical texts to coastal and rural genre as well as classical and domestic scenes. The exhibition will also include post-war and contemporary works of art, illustrating the galleries' strategies for developing the narrative theme.

Key works exploring social and political themes will include Lubaina Himid's imagined portrait of 'Hannibal's Sister' and Alberta Whittle's 'Business As Usual'.

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Opening Times

Season (27 May 2023 - 2 Mar 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

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Free Entry
Monday – Saturday. 10am – 4pm.
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays.

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The Atkinson, West LancashireThe Atkinson is an £18 million multi art-form venue set in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Southport. With its beautifully restored art galleries and theatre it hosts the very best of visual and performing arts throughout the year.

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