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Gary Lawrence wins John Moores 2018 Visitors’ Choice

26 October 2018 by Andrew

Visitors’ Choice winning artist, Gary Lawrence

Visitors to the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 have spoken in their thousands and voted for Gary Lawrence’s Kos Town Paradise Hotel Front Terrace to be their winner for this year’s Visitors’ Choice Prize. The dark and deceptive painting won the £2,018 prize, sponsored by Rathbones. Read more…

Martin Greenland – the earlier years

24 August 2018 by Andrew

Martin Greenland’s Before Vermeer’s Clouds, winner of John Moores 24, 2006.

Cumbria-based artist Martin Greenland won the John Moores Painting Prize in 2006 with his painting Before Vermeer’s Clouds. It was not his first time in the exhibition, having been selected for the John Moores several times before that. Here, Martin tells us about those earlier paintings, and how it felt to get through. His thought-provoking blog is an insight into the emotional responses an artist can face, even upon selection.

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And the winner is…

12 July 2018 by Andrew

Jacqui Hallum, John Moores 2018 first prizewinner

Over 2,700 artists entered the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, of which only 60 are exhibiting after a lengthy process that saw each work judged anonymously. Opening 14 July at the Walker Art Gallery, this year the Prize celebrates 60 years as Britain’s longest running painting competition, and today, the John Moores 2018 first prizewinner was announced.

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John Moores 2018 prizewinners’ shortlist announced

22 June 2018 by Andrew

Shanti Panchal, The Divide Beyond Reasoning

The five prizewinning paintings shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 have been announced. One of them, selected from more than 2,700 entries, will be chosen as the overall winner of the £25,000 first prize.

Billy Crosby, Quilt

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Sir Peter Blake marks 60 years of the John Moores with new design

26 April 2018 by Andrew

John Moores Painting Prize 2018 campaign creative by Sir Peter Blake.

Sir Peter Blake, Patron of the John Moores Painting Prize and winner of the John Moores junior painting prize in 1961, has created a unique artwork commemorating the 60th anniversary of the competition.

Sir Peter is one of Britain’s best known Pop artists who co-created The Beatles iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve, as well as record sleeves for Band Aid, The Who and Paul Weller. In Liverpool, his design of the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop was inspired by First World War dazzle ships. It was one of three designs commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and National Museums Liverpool to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war in 2014.

Look out for his John Moores Painting Prize design across the exhibition media campaign launching late June, as well as on venue banners, leaflets and posters. John Moores Painting Prize 2018 opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 14 July, find out which artists are exhibiting here.

Chinese seafarers drop-in event at Maritime Museum

20 April 2018 by Andrew

Blue Funnel vessel, Cyclops

Recent visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum will have noticed works taking place on the second floor where we’re developing what will become the new Sea Galleries. As part of this work, we’re looking for help from the Liverpool public to help tell the stories of the city’s unique maritime communities. On 26 April there will be a drop-in afternoon focused on finding out more about Liverpool’s Chinese seafarers. Deputy Director and Curator of Maritime History, Ian Murphy, talks about how the gallery needs the input from one of Liverpool’s oldest communities.

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Black Salt at the Maritime Museum

29 September 2017 by Andrew

Black Salt: Britain’s Black Sailors exhibition opens today. Revealing the historically overlooked experiences of Black seafarers, the exhibition and the book it is based on – Black Salt: Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships – reveal how Black sailors contended with the dangers and hazards of life at sea, and challenged inequality on board and ashore. The book’s author Liverpool historian Dr Ray Costello, blogs about some of the roles those sailors would have had. Read more…

National Museums Liverpool is out and proud!

27 July 2017 by Andrew

National Museums Liverpool’s Pride banner

We commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality this week with the opening of the exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. Read more…

Lights out, Liverpool! New Maritime drama

5 July 2017 by Andrew

Dave Brown as Jim Coleman

Dave Brown, Education Demonstrator at Merseyside Maritime Museum blogs about the new drama Lights Out, Liverpool! which he devised and performs this Sunday, 9 July.

“The ‘U boat peril’ was as Churchill himself said the only thing that really scared him during World War Two. But Liverpool and the people who lived through bombing, especially during the may Blitz in 1941, their story was never really spoken about during the war. So I thought to bring the story to life, become someone who lived through it all, both on land and at sea.

Lights Out, Liverpool! is the reminiscences of sailor turned ARP warden, Jim Coleman who worked on the tugs on the River Mersey, before signing onto a tanker to bring much needed supplies back to Britain. Though a fictional character, his experiences are based on true stories that I’ve weaved together to give visitors a sense of the period during World War Two when Liverpool was a vital link in helping to win the War. Important events that affected the city that Jim talks about include the 1941 May Blitz and Battle of the Atlantic. We also get to hear that despite the challenges of the War, there was a great sense of humour on the docks.”

Performances are at intervals from 1.30 and are free, click here for more information.

 

Museums and galleries brighten LightNight!

16 May 2017 by Andrew

Merseyside Maritme Museum, the International Slavery Museum and Walker Art Gallery join in with this year’s LightNight. The date for your diary is Friday 19 May, when they’ll remain open until 10pm, with some very special free events taking place. Read more…



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