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John Moores artist explains how Liverpool nightlife gave work new direction

6 November 2014 by Laura

iPad sketch

Susie Hamilton’s iPad sketch of Liverpool nightlife

In a special guest blog John Moores artist Susie Hamilton shares with us a new direction her work has taken since experiencing Liverpool nightlife for the first time!

“My John Moores painting ‘Freezer’  is a grim picture of a solitary woman in a supermarket, but coming to the private view at the Walker Art Gallery in July started me on a new phase of more ebullient work thanks to seeing something of Liverpool nightlife.  Read more…

John Moores Visitors’ Choice for families!

24 October 2014 by Laura

Little girl in exhibition

Neal Rock’s 3D work gets this visitor’s vote

Next week, in true X-Factor style, you could be the ‘sixth judge’ for the John Moores Painting Prize, by voting for your winner in the Visitors’ Choice award! Read more…

£1.2 million for the Lady Lever Art Gallery!

23 October 2014 by Laura

Group of people in gallery

Some of the Lady Lever team celebrating HLF news!

Hopefully you have heard that our plans to transform the South End of the Lady Lever Art Gallery with a major refurbishment and new contemporary displays has been given £1.2m backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)! Read more…

John Moores Visitors’ Choice: your vote counts!

14 October 2014 by Laura

Voting cards

Visitors have been voting in their thousands for their favourite painting

Rose Wylie was announced the 29th winner of the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker last month, but do the public agree with the jurors’ decision?

Visitors to the exhibition have been voting in their thousands for their favourite work to win the £2,014 visitors’ choice jack pot, sponsored by Rathbones. But with voting open until 2 November there is still plenty to time to make a difference! Read more…

Tabitha Moses – artist guest blog

9 October 2014 by Laura

Hand embroidered illustration

Detail of hospital robe, hand embroidered by Tabitha.

‘Tabitha Moses: Investment’ is on display at the Walker Art Gallery until 26 October. In this guest blog the artist gives some background to this beautiful, intimate and moving work: Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize in the news!

24 September 2014 by Laura

Woman and photographers

Rose Wylie meets the press

We’ve had hugely exciting past few days at the Walker. It all started on Friday when we revealed the winner for the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 was the wonderful Rose Wylie. Read more…

Win tickets to John Moores first prize announcement!

15 September 2014 by Laura

Five artists

The John Moores 2014 shortlist (from left to right): Rose Wylie, Juliette Losq, Mandy Payne, Alessandro Raho and Rae Hicks

We’re very excited to offer 5 lucky people a pair of tickets to the announcement of the winner of this year’s John Moores Painting Prize. Read more…

Mandy Payne, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist – guest blog

4 September 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Mandy Payne, shortlisted artist with her work, ‘Brutal’

In the final instalment of the John Moores Painting Prize guest blogs, shortlisted artist, Mandy Payne discusses her unlikely move from dentistry to paint! Read more…

Take One Picture

16 August 2014 by Laura

Children in lion masks

Year three from Moss Park Junior School, Manchester

Moss Park Junior School in Manchester have been very busy creating lots of exciting work based on a painting from the Walker Art Gallery. Read more…

Rose Wylie, John Moores 2014 shortlisted artist- guest blog

14 August 2014 by Laura

Woman and painting

Rose Wylie with her shortlisted work ‘PV Windows and Floorboards’

In the second of our series of posts by the shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize, Rose Wylie gives us an insight into her studio and working methods. Read more…



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