Flag­ging up new ex­hi­bi­tion

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LAST Sta­tion: LO­CATED: SOUTH­PORT is a new ex­hi­bi­tion which is com­ing to The Atkin­son on Novem­ber 11 un­til De­cem­ber 17.

Last Sta­tion, lo­cated and dis­lo­cated is in­spired by the ‘Guid­ing Lights’ and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems of Trin­ity House and the im­por­tance of marine his­tory and wa­ter­ways in the UK’s her­itage and iden­tity.

The cen­tral idea be­hind the work is to think about how we form con­nec­tion to ‘place’ and sense of iden­tity – phys­i­cally, cul­tur­ally, emo­tion­ally and spir­i­tu­ally.

The in­stal­la­tion uses the con­cept of float­ing nav­i­ga­tional aids moored on shift­ing sand­banks – light ves­sels and buoys – as a metaphor to ex­plore the states of lo­ca­tion and dis­lo­ca­tion for in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties.

You are in­vited to ex­plore this in­stal­la­tion of rooms within rooms of sculp­ture, lights, video and sound­scapes, to make your own con­nec­tions and dis­con­nec­tions.

The work has been de­vel­oped by artists Elise and Mary over five years and is funded by the Arts Coun­cil of Eng­land.

Elise and Mary said: “We have been work­ing on the ex­hi­bi­tion for The Atkin­son all year and are look­ing for­ward to in­stalling our art­work in the won­der­ful Atkin­son Gallery.

“They hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble will come and see the ex­hi­bi­tion and take part in the com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign a flag for The Atkin­son.

“The com­pe­ti­tion closes on Novem­ber 15 af­ter which four de­signs will be cho­sen by The Atkin­son staff, com­bined into a de­sign by us, and printed as a full scale flag for dis­play.

“The Atkin­son has a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of flags in its ar­chive from for­mer ship­ping com­pa­nies.”

On Tues­day, Novem­ber 14 at 1pm: A guided tour with the artists Elise and Mary, who have cre­ated LO­CATED: SOUTH­PORT, with a Q&A ses­sion, all are wel­come.

On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15, 11 am-3pm: De­sign and make your own flag with Elise and Mary, per­fect for all ages with no ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary.

‘LO­CATE’: a chance to try out a free in­no­va­tive phone app to record how your sur­round­ings af­fect you on an emo­tion chart and gallery.

Your chart and gallery im­ages can be stored as a per­sonal record or shared with a net­work of peo­ple to cre­ate a unique record of how our en­vi­ron­ments af­fects us which will be printed as a unique dig­i­tal art­work avail­able to all.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at The Atkin­son will be the ma­jor show­case of its two year tour with other des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Leeds, Hull and East­bourne.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the ex­hi­bi­tion, please visit www.the­atkin­son.co.uk or call 01704 533333.

The Gal­leries are open 10am4pm Mon­day to Satur­day and 11am-3pm Sun­days (school hol­i­days only).

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