The Atkinson: Walking Through the Sands of Time

12 – 20 July 2014

10.00 – 16.00

Free, Booking required (see below)

Join us for Walking Through the Sands of Time, a series of artist-led walks exploringthe everyday beauty of the Sefton Coast.

The walks will be led by visual artist Mike Collier, wildlife photographer Tim Collier, sound artist Rob Strachan, and a Natural History Guide from the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Our expert guides will help you to make sensory connections to the coast, taking notes of sights, smells, sounds and textures. The walks will be filmed by Rob Strachan and the resulting film will be an important part of Sea Change, the next major exhibition at The Atkinson. Please note anyone who wishes to take part in the walks but not wishing to be filmed should make this known at the time of booking. 


The video will consist of work made by Mike Collier, photographs by Tim Collier, sound and visual images by Rob Strachan and poetry by the writer. It will also include reflections noted by you and your fellow participants during and after the walk as well as your photographs and interviews about the unique qualities of the Sefton Coastline, its natural, cultural and social history.

The series of walks will take place:

Saturday 12 July: Walk one will start at Waterloo Station and end at Hightown Station – 4.8 miles

Sunday 13 July: Walk two will start at Hightown Station and end at Freshfield Station – 5.6 miles

Saturday 19 July: Walk three will start at Freshfield Station and finish at Ainsdale Station – 4.4 miles

Sunday 20 July: Walk four will start at Ainsdale Station and finish at the RSPB Centre at Marshside, Southport – 4.7 miles (this section is longer than the other  three, so we will walk to Weld Road car park at Birkdale where a mini bus will take participants from Birkdale to Marshside)

All walks are all of a moderate difficulty standard. The artists will lead the walks at a gentle pace to allow time for reflection. Each walk should take between 4 and 6 hours to complete, including a break for lunch (lunch is not provided). The walks will all start at 10.00 and finish at approximately 16.00. (Further details will be provided when you book a place)

The Walks have been timed to coincide with the showing of Walk On: From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff – Forty years of Art Walking at The Atkinson (from the 12 April – 9 August 2014).

The finished artwork will feature in Sea Change: The Art of England’s North West Coast (from 23 August – 9 November 2014) alongside work by LS Lowry, Andy Goldsworthy and Antony Gormley.

The artist led walks are free but places are limited to 20 per walk, so booking is essential.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore your coast and contribute to a new art work rooted in Sefton.

To book a place on the walks or for more details please call The Atkinson Box Office on01704 533333 or email Jane Brown (Museum and Gallery Officer)