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.
Until Next Year!
And that's a wrap for this years annual Southport Arts Trail, what an event it has been!
We just want to say a big thank you to everybody that made it happen. From the venues to the creatives we couldn't have done it with out you!
If you're interested in getting involved in next years arts trail, you can stay up to date by following our Arts Trail Instagram (just click the icon below) and keep your eyes peeled later in the year for when we announce entry into next years event!
You can view our 2022
Arts Trail Brochure Here!
28th June - 9th July
A Solo Exhibit by SCA member and mixed media artist, Sharon Barnes.
Open Preview Evenings.
Meet the Artist and join us in celebrating Sharons Exhibition with Live music from Richard Simcock.
Friday 1st July 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 2nd July 2pm - 8pm.
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 info.
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
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
My creative practice is varied, in that it is very responsive to the the environments I find myself in.
My latest work responds to my recent visit to the beautiful Isle of Man.
I had the time just to sit on the beaches and watch the waves coming in and enjoy the tumble of shells, pebbles and seaweed as they reached the shore.
In this series of works I have attempted to capture that ‘Tumble’ as well as the beauty, and range of colours that pop through from the shells and seaweed.
The pieces in this series are either painted in Acrylics using a variety of mark making techniques or printed using Gelli plate print techniques.
My creative practice in general, incorporates painting, printing and textiles and often a mix of all 3, just depending on my inspiration and mood.
Having trained as a designer, and having worked to strict briefs for much of my working life, it’s really lovely to please myself on what and how I record and enjoy subjects and media.
My time is now spent helping to run the Southport Contemporary Arts network as well as tutoring with the network, and spending time on my own creative activity. All of these things feed into each other and give me a great sense of satisfaction.
I studied pottery at school in the 60’s, but pursued a dif erent career before returning to ceramics following retirement. I am primarily a thrower. I mainly make porcelain bowls, and stained porcelain jewellery. As the son of a gardener and former student of agriculture, my interest in nature has always influenced my ceramics. Other sources of inspiration include 18th century agateware, and 20th century art potters including Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Recently I have been strongly influenced by the Japanese potter Takeshi Yasuda and have started making heavily torn and distorted porcelain vessels.
In the cabinet are a couple of tea light holders, made from semi translucent paper clay, an artists sketchbook with porcelain panel on the front and some pieces thrown with faceted stoneware.
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.