A Southport jobseeker showed how to really impress at interview by uncovering a
DURING his interview at arts and cultural centre The
Atkinson, Stephen Whittle revealed a strong hunch that one of the
gallery's unattributed paintings was in fact by a famous and highly collectable
Whittle's instinct proved correct and the artwork, which had been in storage
since the 1920s, was confirmed as a CRW Nevinson by expert and biographer
Michael John Kirk Walsh, associate professor at Nanyang University, Singapore.
Depicting Limehouse docks in East London, the artist revisited the scene five
years later to create a famous 1918 version called Southwark (Limehouse).
Conservation work carried out at the National Conservation Centre in Liverpool
later revealed the artist's signature and also several previous compositions
underneath the top layer.
Said Stephen, who accepted the role of gallery manager:- "I was doing my
research before attending an interview at The Atkinson. When I saw this
unattributed image on the BBC Your Paintings website, it was very reminiscent of Nevinson. As soon as I tracked down a picture of the later version, a mezzotint
engraving that Nevinson made in 1918, I knew I was right. I mentioned my
supposition at interview, but I don't know if it led to me finally getting the
The oil painting was originally from the collections of the Bootle Art Gallery
and Museum, which closed in the 1974.
The painting has now been restored and reframed and is the star of a new
exhibition at The Atkinson. Called Rediscoveries, the exhibition showcases
treasures from the gallery's collections, some of which haven't been seen for
the best part of a century.
Alongside more familiar works, including sculptures by Henry Moore and Elizabeth
Frink, there are paintings by Southport born artist Philip Connard, who painted
murals at Windsor Castle and has paintings in the collections of the Tate, the
Musee d'Orsay and the Art Institute of Chicago but is now little known.
Other rediscovered gems included in the exhibition include figure drawings by
Augustus John, prints and Frank Brangwyn and the early modernism of Keith
Vaughan and Michael Ayrton. Stephen said:- "Sefton has an excellent art collection and it's very exciting to
be unearthing and exhibiting artworks that have been over looked for so long." The original Atkinson Art Gallery and Library opened in 1878, following a £6,000
donation by William Atkinson, a cotton manufacturer from Knaresborough, North
Yorkshire and a frequent visitor to Southport. In May 2013, The Atkinson
relaunched as a theatre, studio, cafe, shop, exhibitions space, gallery, library
Rediscoveries runs until 29 October 2015 at The Atkinson, on Lord Street,
Southport, PR8 1DB.
Witness appeal after man touched himself inappropriately on board Formby train
THE British Transport Police officers want to speak to him following a
disturbing incident on board a train which left a teenage girl shaken and upset.
Inspector Kenneth McVey said:- "A 19 year old girl boarded the train at Formby
and sat down before noticing a man sitting opposite who was touching himself
inappropriately while looking at her. She felt extremely vulnerable and
frightened and moved seats to get away from the man. He then got off the train
at the next stop, Hillside." Police believe the man in the image could have
vital information about the incident and urge him or anyone who recognises him
to come forward and help officers with their enquiries. Inspector McVey added:-
"The young girl was extremely shaken and upset by what happened. It is vital we
catch the man responsible as soon as possible." If anyone has any information
please contact British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40, or text:- 61016,
quoting reference:- PSUB/B8 of 05/01/2015. Information can also be passed
anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111."
Dog that helped University of Salford student to walk again nominated for Crufts
FAYE, a black Labrador who has helped
Salford student Natalie Preston to walk
again for the 1st time in over a decade, has been nominated for the Kennel
Club's prestigious Eukanuba Friends for Life award.
Natalie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 6 months old and before meeting
Faye had struggled to walk for over 10 years.
However, after being partnered with Faye by the charity Canine Partners,
Natalie's level of independence increased dramatically. She is now able to study
for a Masters Degree in Children's Digital Production at the
University events of
Speaking about her specially-trained Labrador, Natalie said:- "When I 1st met
Faye I fell in love with her and I immediately felt a very special connection
with her. I always remember meeting Faye for the first time and remember when
her trainer brought her into the room the environment around me became brighter,
I didn't realise how dark the environment looked for me. It was as if someone
switched a big light on. Faye has completely changed my life. She has given me a
life that I thought I would never have. I can now go out with confidence, I'm
not worried about what people may think of me or worried about how I will cope
when I am on my own because I know Faye is by my side, supporting me. People
stop to speak to me now when I am out because of Faye, she is a great ice
breaker. All my friends and family love Faye. She is a huge part of our family.
It gives my Mum and Dad peace of mind when I go out because they know that I am
not alone and Faye is taking care of me. We are a partnership, a team, so
everyone knows that where I go, Faye goes too."
The Kennel Club's Friends for Life competition recognises humans and dogs that
have transformed each other's lives and faced down adversity through their
The award will be presented at the final on Sunday, 8 March 2015,
during the world-renowned Crufts festival.
However, even before the Friends for Life competition is decided, Natalie
already feels like she's got the top prize in Faye:- "When I was told that I had
been nominated I was really excited! I would like to visit Crufts this year, but
to think that there might be the possibility of competing is just fantastic. I
just hope that people vote for us but Faye is a winner in my eyes."
Professor Allan Walker, Dean for the School of Arts and Media at the University
of Salford, said:- "We're very proud of
Natalie and Faye's achievement. They've shown all of us here at the University just what can be achieved through
determination and working together. Everyone's got their fingers crossed that
they bring home the prize."