Projects /Events

As a community of artists and makers, we are passionate about connecting creativity across the town and enabling the community to experience a wide variety of artistic activities as well as gain an appreciation of the creatively talented town that Southport is.

Our Annual Arts Trails have welcomed thousands of visitors over the last 10 years and we hope to resume them in 2022, having had the disruption of 2 seasons of Covid. 

Fundraising

SCA's members and classes are regularly involved in fundraising & charity work initiatives for Royal British Legion, Children in Need, Dementia Care, Cancer Care

Partnerships

We support 'Elevate' the schools partnership organisation by giving work experience opportunities each year to Year 10 & 11 youngsters.

We also regularly work with Autisms Initiative creating engaging and interactive classes and workshops.

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ArtsTrail

Each year SCA organise this community Arts Event which aims to celebrate the creative community in which we live and work. A community that makes such a valuable contribution to the cultural life of Southport.

Each year the event grows and develops its own personality, but we always aim to include the active working spaces of individual artists, as well as lots of interactive activities that the public can get involved with.

We also really enjoy including, and working with, other creative organisation in the town, to give the Arts Trail a really diverse cultural range, with something for every age group and creative interest.

Grants and Funding

Where as for 90% of our projects we generate our own funding and have been able to support ourselves independently, we have also worked with various organisations and grants for larger or one off projects. 

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Timeline

SCA Timeline:

2009 

       

2010 

2011  

       

         

2012  

        

         

2013 

         

         

         

2014 

         

         

2015   

        

2016 

         

         

2017 

        

         

        

        

2018 

        

        

         

2019 

        

2020 

2021

  • Set up SCA as an independent network of Artists & Makers

  • Exhibitions in various town centre locations

  • 1st SCA Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Set up the Artisan teaching Studio in Southport Indoor Market 

  • 2nd Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Big Draw - Town centre community drawing 

  • Opened ArtHouse as SCA HQ with permanent Gallery space, teaching studio and Artists in residence studios

  • 3rd  SCA Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • 2nd Big Draw town centre event

  • 3rd Big Draw town centre event

  • Participants in workshops for World Mental Health Day

  • Led onsite workshops for National Trust

  • 4th Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • SCA took part in Sefton Open Exhibition at the Atkinson

  •  th Big Draw town centre event

  • 5th Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Started Fundraising campaign to enable opening of Ceramics Studio -    ClayWorks

  • 6th Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Opened ClayWorks - A fit for purpose ceramics teaching studio

  • Partnered Southport Festival to offer a more extensive community Arts Event

  • 7th Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Opened ArtsLoft - A bigger studio space in order to extend our classes offer

  • 8th Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Partnered Southport Festival to offer a more extensive community Arts Event

  • SCA took part in Sefton Open Exhibition at the Atkinson

  • Big Bag make for Cancer care

  • Awarded Social Entrepreneurs accolade

  • 9th Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Partnered Southport Festival to offer a more extensive community Arts Event

  • SCA exhibition at Martin Mere wetlands Trust

  • 10th Anniversary Arts Trail & Open Studios

  • Partnered Southport Festival to offer a more extensive community Arts Event

  • Covid 19 - lots of  at home 'Zoom' collaborations

  • Back on track with ArtHouse exhibitions and classes