Welcome to Southport Contemporary Arts


Southport Contemporary Arts (SCA) network is an umbrella organization made up of ArtHouse, ClayWorks, and ArtsLoft.
Our aim is to promote and support the many different artists in Southport, no matter at what level, or in which discipline, they work. We are open for membership and host various exhibitions and classes throughout the year.


- Artists Open Studios - Have-a-Go Sessions - Exhibitions -
Creative Events & Much More!

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You can view our 2022
Arts Trail Brochure Here!

For more details and information about joining the ArtsTrail or how to participate you can download our information PDF or drop us an email at

Sefton Open Prize Winner

Gillian Hughes

17th - 28th May

Solo Exhibit

Gillian Hughes (AKA Liverpool Mermaid) is a local Coastal textile artist who draws her inspiration from the myths and legends of Liverpool Bay including Southport beach.

Whats on!


Gallery and Exhibition Space

ArtHouse is SCA's town centre gallery. Set on one of the main roads into Southport, ArtHouse enables Artists and Makers living in the Liverpool City Region and Lancashire borough, opportunity to showcase and sell their work.

The Gallery hosts regular exhibitions across all creative genres, from the SCA membership as well as groups and organisations, and independent artists.

ArtHouse is also home to several studio artists and acts as low cost incubation and small business space.

Want to display your work at ArtHouse?

We have a lovely gallery and prominent high-street space all that's missing is your artwork. 

With great weekly rates, promotions and discounts for SCA members contact ArtHouse today for more information.

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Classes and Teaching Studio

ArtsLoft is SCA's teaching space for our non clay based, creative classes. Set up to encourage our community to become creative and for those who are already practicing artists, to extend their skills.

We run regular weekly classes as well as monthly and one off workshops in a wide variety of creative genres including Creative Textiles, Drawing & Painting, Print, Life Drawing.

The classes also incorporate creative youngsters with our "Young Creatives' art club and Adults living with Autism, in our 'Artisan' group

Our classes are fully accessible and aim to provide excellent teaching from practicing artists, a happy social atmosphere in which friendships are forged, and the opportunity to get involved in the wider activities of SCA


Clay Studio

The ClayWorks ceramics studio is our fit for purpose space in which all things clay happen.

The regular classes and one off workshops are all taught by experienced ceramicists and cover all of the techniques and skills required to work in Stoneware and Porcelain.

Classes are structured to suit different experience levels from Beginners to the most experienced makers and as with our ArtsLoft classes aim to provide a friendly, supportive and inclusive environment.

SCA Artist of the Month 

We have 2 amazing artists for the month of May, Mandy Bevington and John Odgers.

Mandy Bevington

I have always been creative, as a young child, you would always find me drawing. After raising my children, I had this “need” to use my creativeness further.  I pushed myself and enrolled back to Southport College and took a Foundation course which then enabled me to enrol at University of Central Lancashire to take a Textile degree.  I love being a designer/maker, using both traditional and contemporary techniques.

I always start with drawing, be that with a pencil or drawing digitally. Then I paint, collage before moving onto the textural pieces, be that either punch needle or using the tufting gun.

Influences & Inspiration
My artistic influences are a diverse range from the old greats, Andy Warhol, Matisse and Peter Blake to the contemporary artists Laura Slater, Rosie James and Judit Just.

As well as using pencils, paint, I used quality Axminster wool for my rugs.  Occasionally I do use acrylic yarn but more for wall-hangings.

Artist Statement
I love to create pattern which is textural, tactile and visually exciting through all aspect of my textile work.  I enjoy using traditional & contemporary textile methods to create my pieces.

John Odgers

"All of my potting has been carried out in Night Classes, initially in London, tutored for a term by a newly qualified Alison Britton, then in Southport College, and on closure with Southport Ceramic Studio, then Clayworks. 

During the fallow period between the running of the latter two classes, I attended a Tiffany glass class run by Ruth Cave, which led to an interest in combining glass with ceramics. 

In retirement full day classes have allowed greater output and communication with colleagues. I am interested in glazing techniques especially those of mixing glazes on pots and the resulting effects!"

Join the SCA

If you're interested in becoming a member of the SCA and taking advantage of all the amazing things we have on offer here, why not get in touch and say hello or follow the button below for more information regarding membership.

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