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Sefton Filmmakers Shine at Clapperboard Event

Special film talent from Sefton has been recognised at a glittering awards ceremony in Liverpool.

 Sefton Council has been working in partnership with Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Autism Initiatives, The Atkinson, Mersey Care and People First to establish and develop three ‘hubs’ for people with Aspergers living in Sefton.  

The films, submitted to the high-profile judges, covered the issues of mental health, asperger’s and autism. They were created by members of the Sefton Autism Hub who had been learning about making short films from script to screen.  

The members have since gone on to develop their own media group based at The Atkinson which is developing their skills and striving to become a social enterprise in the future.

Chris Purcell from Sefton Creative Hubs won the Liverpool Echo Best Achievement Award, which was presented by Echo Journalist, Jade Wright, Hollyoaks actress Jacqueline Boatswain, and Karl Collins star of The Bill, Doctor Who, Casualty, Holby City.

The overall winning short film, Honest Dystopia was created by David Blakemore, also from Sefton Creative Hubs. Presenting the award was acclaimed Liverpool actress Alison Steadman and Film Producer Nik Powell. 

Alison Steadman, said: “I’m truly amazed by the work these young adults have produced. They should all be very proud.”

Event organiser, Maureen Sinclair, said: “Once again, the event has gone beyond my expectations.  We have been able to showcase the award-winning work of young adult film-makers from Merseyside – thanks to the support from many people and partners, including MerseyCare, PH Holt, Big Lottery, and the Sefton Autism Hub.”

If you would like to know more about the hubs and the other new projects, please contact Jo Seddon on 0151 934 3988 or find Sefton Autism Hubs on Facebook.

Easter Holiday Fun at The Atkinson, Southport

This Easter holiday come and Discover Ancient Egypt, uncover stories of the sea, meet the Easter Bunny and take a trip to the merry old Land of Oz! Taking place from Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April, there is something to keep everyone entertained with free activities and fun events for all ages.

Families and children aged 2 – 7 are invited to discover the truth behind the tale of the Easter Bunny and meet him afterwards to receive a special Easter present! Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure is taking place on Monday 10 April at 11.30am & 2.30pm.

Tickets £9 / £7.50 child / £28 family

Starring Coronation Street’s Steve Arnold, families and children aged 2+ can join Dorothy as she befriends a brainless Scarecrow, a loveable Tin Man and a cowardly Lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West! The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 11 April, 2pm & 6pm. Tickets £12.50 / £10.50 under 16s / £28 family (3) / £40 family (4)

Over the two week holiday, families are encouraged to get involved with our latest exhibition, the Sefton Open and its fun, free activities. The Sefton Open is an annual, large and vibrant exhibition that showcases talent from across Sefton. Many of the artwork is for sale and with the new Own Art Scheme – is affordable! Speak to a member of our team.

Pick up one of our Arty Aprons during your visit and explore the galleries with tools, every day from 11am – 3pm (subject to availability).  Families can get creative in an activity inspired by the Sefton Open at Make It! on Monday 3 & 10 April at 1pm – 3pm. All Ages.

The popular monthly Construction Club is also returning on Saturday 1 April from 10.30am – 12.30pm where young inventors, creators and builders are invited to join us and build with Lego.  Ages 5+

Why not take a trip in our glass elevator to the second floor and explore local history and the ancient Egyptians in our Museum? Open every day with free admission.

Between Land and Sea: 10,000 Years of Sefton’s Coast explores the history of the Sefton coast from prehistoric times to the present day showcasing the development of Sefton’s towns from Bootle to Southport. With lots of interactive displays – its fun for all the family!

 

 

We invite you to Discover Ancient Egypt and see the stunning Mrs Goodison’s collection un-seen for over 40 years until 2014. Here visitors are taken on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs.

Come and handle some of our museum objects in the family Hands On! sessions Tuesday 4 & 11 April from 11am – 3pm.  Suitable for all Ages

To book your tickets please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call the Box Office team on 01704 533 333. Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.

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Marvellous Mascots!

Just under 500 entries were received as part of the 2017 – The Year of Sefton’s Coast Design a Mascot competition.

Lydia Orvice-Gibson, Primary School Winner

There were two categories in the competition (primary and secondary school) and the age range made for a brilliant array of designs. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Sefton Council, The Atkinson, Sefton Coast Lansdcape Partnership and Tick Media.

They sifted their way through some beautiful wildlife inspired mascots as well as some that took inspiration from the marine heritage of the 22 miles of Sefton coastline. Others gave a nod to Antony Gormley’s Another Place and marine life that you may find in our seas but the two winners really stood out for their celebratory nature.

The winner in the Primary category was Lydia Orvice-Gibson from St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Netherton who came up with a wonderfully unique design which the panel agreed captured the nature of the whole coast. Her wave character stood out from the others from the word go due to the level of detail and the fun factor which she cleverly managed to weave in. Emma Murtagh, headteacher at St Oswald’s C of E Primary, said:

“When we saw this competition we couldn’t wait to get the children started and send in some entries so I am thrilled that a St Oswald’s student has won in the Primary category. Lydia is a lovely student who thoroughly enjoys art. Well done Lydia!”

Saskia Williams, Secondary School Winner with her Art Teacher Miss Hannah Jones

Saskia Williams, a student from Maghull High was the winner in the Secondary category and again her design was unique and imaginative and the panel felt that they could use the design across a range of platforms and materials. Judges felt they could see her seagull character used across a range of materials and maybe even used as a flag or a kite as part of the celebrations.

Saskia’s art teacher, Hannah Jones encouraged her art students to enter the competition. Hannah said:

“Saskia is a joy to teach as she always puts in such effort and throws herself in to whatever challenges I put to her. I was so happy when I found out that she had won in the Secondary category, well done Saskia. Art is a big part of Maghull High School and we are proud of what you’ve achieved.”

Representatives from the Year of Sefton’s Coast surprised the shocked winners in front of teachers and class mates at their schools. Both winners were presented with their certificate and fantastic prizes which included a family pass to the Southport Air Show, the Southport Musical Fireworks Championship and an adventure on the Sefton Coast with the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.

Both winners were also invited to Bootle Town Hall with their families to meet Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, The Mayor of Sefton, who took them on a tour around the Mayoral chamber.

Keep your eyes peeled for the mascots who will be making an appearance on various materials in the coming weeks and find out more about 2017, The Year of Sefton’s Coast at www.seftoncoast.co.uk

Lydia Orvice-Gibson with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton
Saskia Williams with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winners with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton at Bootle Town Hall
The winners with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton at Bootle Town Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The winning designs
The winning designs

Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding comes to The Atkinson

Straight from London’s West End The Scarecrows Wedding comes to The Atkinson on Saturday 6 May as part of the Southport Festival.

Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler this truly heart-warming adaptation is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales) and promises wit, drama, and wedding bells.

Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows). Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry, so they decide to get married and Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells.

However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake. Dashing, daring and ever so cool, can Reginald persuade Betty that he is the scarecrow for her? Will Harry make it back in the nick of time before Reginald ruins their special day?

Director Eva Sampson comments, “I’m delighted that The Scarecrows’ Wedding will be heading out on tour again this year. It’s a great opportunity to bring the show to new audiences and share Harry and Betty’s epic love story!”

★★★★ Enchanting and hilarious. Bags of sheer family fun (The Stage).

Visit southportfestival.com or VisitSouthport.com for full information about the many festival events taking place from Friday 5-Sunday 7 May.

Tickets for The Scarecrows Wedding on Saturday 6 May at 2.30pm range from £9 -£5.

To book please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during opening hours.

The Treasures of Ancient Egypt come to Bootle

School children in Bootle are taking part in a unique project that brings Ancient Egypt to life … in their school.

The Atkinson is working in partnership with Christ Church Primary School on Writing Through Time, a project that uses the remarkable Goodison Egyptology collection to develop children’s writing and literacy.

As part of a celebration event in the school on Friday 10 February at 9am, The Atkinson will be unveiling a remarkable new acquisition Trial Piece of Akhenaten/Nefertiti, so that the teachers and children will be the first to see before it goes on show at The Atkinson.

Merseyside’s very own prize-winning poet Mandy Coe and Egyptologist Claire Ollett have been working with pupils at Christ Church primary school on Writing Through Time.   Mandy is helping the children to develop their ideas and understanding about Mrs Goodison and her superb collection of Egyptology. They have been finding out about this ancient civilisation and making a personal connection with the past.

Writing Through Time was funded by The Atkinson Development Trust and it aims to develop children’s writing skills and levels of literacy across the curriculum at Key Stage 2; it is hoped to share the project outcomes with all Bootle’s primary schools.

Mrs Goodison – the local enthusiast who put together an astonishing collection of over 1000 Ancient Egyptian objects – lived in Waterloo during the late 19th century and had a museum in her house.  So it is only right that school children learn about their local hero and use her collections to inspire their own creative writing.

Very little is known about Mrs Goodison, not even what she looked like.  But The Atkinson has done some sleuthing and discovered some of her letters in a museum in New York.  This has made Writing Through Time a brilliant opportunity for letters from the past to inspire stories about the journeys embedded in simple objects from long ago – and how these have ended up far from home – on Merseyside.

Trial piece of Akhenaten/Nefertiti was originally owned by The Met in New York and will have a central role in The Atkinson’s major exhibition later this year commemorating 130 years since Mrs Goodison first visited Egypt.

This important acquisition for The Atkinson was only possible because of the generous support from The Atkinson Development Trust, the Art Fund and the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Christine McGregor, Chair of The Atkinson Development Trust said:

“The Atkinson Development Trust is passionate about supporting access to these remarkable collections and to encourage their use to inspire children to enjoy writing and reading. Projects like this are vital if we are to test how children learn and engage and to see if we give them confidence and a love of words!

 The Atkinson Development Trust was set up to make a difference using The Atkinson and its collections, to work across communities and to be at the centre of learning for those who may not normally get the opportunity. This project has had amazing success and the children and teachers have been incredible. “

 Writing through Time has shown how Museum objects can be used to nurture young inquisitive minds and inspire imaginations as well as the project aiding children’s confidence in using words. The other side of the 5 week residency was to equip teachers with new knowledge and skills to apply in their teaching making it more fun for everyone!

For more information on this project or if you would like to support The Atkinson Development Trust and the work it delivers please visit theatkinson.co.uk.

If you would like to arrange a school visit to The Atkinson please email schools@theatlinson.co.uk . Workshops themed on our Egyptology Gallery are available.

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