Sefton Arts

(Arts & Cultural Services)



Netherton Arts Centre
Glovers Lane
L30 3TL


Tel: 0151 525 0417
Fax: 0151 524 0216













Sefton Arts Development was established in 1988 and is one of the three strands which, together with The Atkinson Art Gallery/Botanic Gardens Museum and Southport Arts Centre/Crosby Civic Hall, make up the entire Arts & Cultural Services Section of Sefton Council’s Leisure Services Department.

The Arts Development Officer is responsible for the staff, general maintenance and all activities at two venues south of the Borough. These are Netherton Arts Centre and Orrell Arts Centre in Bootle. The Bootle centre is a small studio setting used predominantly for art and crafts workshops and occasional exhibitions. Netherton Arts Centre is a considerably larger space whose resources include a small performance area, photographic darkroom, sound recording workshop and studios which serve the full and varied workshop programme. Netherton Arts Centre also acts as the Arts Development headquarters and currently has a staff  (including the Arts Development Officer) of 8 full-time officers, 1 part-time officer and some 15 – 20 casual arts, crafts and performance tutors.

As Arts Development HQ, Netherton Arts Centre is the planning centre for a whole range of arts projects designed to take place in all areas of Sefton throughout the year. Over the years, these activities have included festivals of street art, exhibitions programming, youth theatre productions, public and environmental art projects, poetry and writing projects and readings and  programmes of activities aimed at targeting specific groups such as the elderly, youth, special needs or the socially excluded.

The establishment of resource-sharing partnerships and external funding opportunities has become a key feature of Arts Development operations. As organisations have been recognising the importance of the arts as activities with wide social benefits, then so have the relationships between Arts Development and those working in the fields of health, social inclusion and education become stronger and more active.


Sefton Youth Theatre’s ‘Guys & Dolls’




Crosby Village Street Festival


Sefton Audio Project for the Liverpool Biennial




Sefton Arts Development bringing Arts and Cultural Services to the Communities of Sefton