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24-Hour Painty People

14 November 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Contact sheet of images of John Moores with artists from the 1974 competition

The Walker Art Gallery‘s archive is full of voices from the past – letters from artists, including the Pre-Raphaelites, notes from early curators and fascinating information from scholars passing judgement on paintings. The John Moores Painting Prize too has left the Walker with an archive, which stretches back 60 years since the inaugural exhibition in 1957.

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The Shape of Water

14 May 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Water presents artists with a restless, ever-changing technical challenge. As representations of H2O go, there are some undisputed masterpieces in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection, including Monet’s Breaking up of the ice on the Seine, near Bennecourt, Courbet’s Low Tide at Trouville and Sickert’s The Bathers, Dieppe. Water even provides the backdrop to Fournier’s sombre ‘The Funeral of Shelley’, which is set on a beach – all very fitting, given that the poet drowned at sea in 1822.

Fournier’s ‘The Funeral of Shelley’

With the wet stuff in mind, there is a surprising amount of water too in the Walker’s current display of John Moores Painting Prize first prize winners, which we are celebrating as part of the 60th anniversary of the Prize.

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Join us for an afternoon of Dada, Situationism and Photography

3 May 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Cover from the exhibition ‘Dada 1916-1966’, held at the Walker Art Gallery in 1968

It’s always exciting when you get new neighbours, and around a five minute walk from the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool’s newest cultural quarter is stirring! The soon-to-be-launched ‘Fabric District’ is located between London Road and Islington. At its heart is a fabulous new space called The Tapestry http://thetapestry.co.uk/Read more…

Whose painting is it anyway?

16 February 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Some of this year’s jurors in the current John Moores past prizewinners’ display

We are half way through the selection process for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, the year in which we celebrate the competition’s 60th anniversary. The first stage of selection took place last month, when the jury met to decide upon the shortlist of paintings that will be brought to Liverpool for the intense few days that make up the Stage 2 selection.

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The art of love

13 February 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Love threads its way though many of the artworks in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection, and across the years, artists have explored the themes of romance, passion and heartbreak in paintings. Let’s go find a little love this Valentine’s Day, and see how different artists have tackled the subject across the centuries.

Dante’s Dream

Dante's Dream by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1871

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The grid is the thing

5 February 2018 by Ann Bukantas

Noel Forster’s A Painting in Six Stages with a Silk Triangle (detail)

What unites the paintings in our new display of past John Moores Painting Prize winners since 1957 is of course the fact that they have all won the UK’s most prestigious painting prize, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. But across this diverse group of canvases from different decades, other common links start to emerge, and this week we have mostly been spotting the variety of grids in the room!

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A painting through time – Burd Helen

11 January 2018 by Ann Bukantas

‘Burd Helen’ by William Lindsay Windus

Since our painting ‘Burd Helen’, painted in 1856 by William Lindsay Windus, featured in the recent BBC2 programme ‘A House Through Time’, we’ve been flooded with questions. Presented by David Olusoga, the programme revealed that the male character in the painting was a portrait of a man called Wilfred Steele.

Was this a new discovery? Did we already know who the sitter was? What was the source that David Olusoga mentioned?
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John Moores Painting Prize juries

29 December 2017 by Ann Bukantas

John Moores 2014 jury look at the eventual first Prizewinner, Rose Wylie’s entry during stage two judging

We often get asked about the juries for the John Moores Painting Prize. How are they selected and what is their role?

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John Moores Prizewinners

15 December 2017 by Ann Bukantas

Past winners include Peter Doig (left wall) and Jack Smith (far wall)

Whilst the recent entries to the 2018 John Moores Painting Prize are being prepared for the first stages of judging which will take place early in the new year, we’ve prepared a re-display of some of the works by past first prize winners that opens this weekend at the Walker Art Gallery. The display celebrates of 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize and includes works since the first competition in 1957.

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John Moores Painting Prize winner to receive a three-month fellowship

14 November 2017 by Ann Bukantas

The John Moores Painting Prize 2016 exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery

For the first time, to mark the 60th anniversary of the John Moores Painting Prize in 2018, there is a three-part prize awaiting the competition’s first prize-winner. In addition to winning £25,000, the first prize-winning artist will be offered a solo show at the Walker Art Gallery in 2019. In our recent blog, we told you more about this opportunity. Now it’s time to reveal more about the third part of the main prize – a three-month Fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University.
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