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John Moores Painting Prize Summit

29 October 2012 by Laura

Woman and painting

Sarah Pickstone with her first prize winning ‘Stevie Smith and the Willow’

Media office volunteer, Louise Beard, has taken a look at a weekend of debate and workshops on the future of paint and the John Moores Painting Prize:

Every two years, Liverpool platforms a showcase of contemporary art in the Liverpool Biennial. The John Moores Painting Prize is an important part of this, plucking out some of the best contemporary painting work in the UK. Read more…

Liverpool Merchant’s Heritage Trail

30 August 2012 by Ann

Liverpool is a city steeped in  maritime history. But while you might expect to find tales of smuggler’s coves and bravery at sea in Merseyside Maritime Museum,  the city  itself can surprise you with  many stories of its seafaring and merchant links.

photograph of the rear exterior of sudley house showing the conservatory and rose garden

Sudley  House, former home of George Holt

I was  recently introduced to Helen Fowler from The Monro pub on Duke Street  and after a quick coffee and  a chat I discovered not only were The Monro hosting an installation for Liverpool Biennial , but it is also a building bursting with historic tales to tell . I found out about the steam ship which it is named after and its former owner Colonel John Bolton . He was the most wealthy Liverpool merchant of his generation  and  no doubt inspired George Holt who lived just across town at Sudley House in Mossley Hill.  Read more…

Show Me the Walker

6 May 2011 by Stephen

Two male and one female competition judges

The three judges take a break.

 

I’m looking forward to BBC 2 screening Show Me the Monet from this Monday after organising and supervising the marathon filming sessions over a January weekend.

 

A film crew filled three of our galleries at the rear of the Walker Art Gallery to film this competition show being screened at 5.15 pm every weekday night from Monday 9 May to Friday 20 May.

 

In a nutshell it involves artists being grilled about their artworks by three critics – David Lee, Charlotte Mullins and Roy Bolton (pictured left to right). The aim is to be included in an exclusive exhibition at the Royal College of Art, next to London’s Albert Hall. Read more…

And the winner of John Moores 2010 is…

17 September 2010 by Lisa

Man standing next to a blue portrait painting

The winner of the £25,000 prize!

The announcement of the winner of John Moores 2010 was made last night by acclaimed painter and competition judge, Alison Watt to a rapturous response by the private view audience and the press. Described by fellow judge, Sir Norman Rosenthal, as the ‘Oscar of the British painting world’ the John Moores Painting Prize was awarded to Keith Coventry for his painting ‘Spectrum Jesus’. This haunting portrait in shades of dark blue invites you to get up close so you can peer into its dark depths! Read more…

Eyes on the prize

15 September 2010 by Lisa

Man being photographed

Peter McDonald was the last winner. Who will be in the limelight this year?

It’s official: I’m giddy with excitement as tomorrow I will be part of making history!

For the first time in its 53 year history, the announcement of the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize will be broadcast live on the internet. It means that this usually exclusive event will be open to all – so why not throw your own private view at home, just add friends and canapés! 

I’ll be there with my laptop making sure it is broadcasting for you on time, so see if you can spot our judges Alison Watt, Gary Hume, Goshka Macuga, Ged Quinn and Sir Norman Rosenthal as they attend this exciting opening event. Read more…

All ready for the Liverpool Biennial!

14 September 2010 by Lisa

Detail of a brightly coloured oil painting

Detail of ‘For Your Pleasure’ by Philip Diggle, one of the 45 shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition.

We have a wealth of exciting art on display for you during the LiverpolBiennial from Saturday 18 September – 28 November 2010. Most exhibitions will be on show at the Walker Art Gallery. With everything from full exhibtions of contemporary paintings to individual video installation pieces, you can explore a variety of mediums that make up contemporary art today.

All the following exhibtions and one-off pieces will be on show during the Biennial and some will continue beyond this period: Read more…

Give her a big hand

9 September 2010 by Laura

Introducing the talented Cornelia Baltes, one of the 45 artists shortlisted for the ‘John Moores Painting Prize‘.

Artist with her work at press call

Cornelia Baltes poses for photographs with her work ‘THERE YOU ARE!’

The photograph above was taken at a press call yesterday, when Cornelia painted the black outline of the hand straight onto the walls of the Walker Art Gallery.

‘THERE YOU ARE!’ is an abstract painting on canvas accompanied by the giant hand pointing down towards it.

Cornelia had a practice run before she was brave enough to put paint to wall, but once she was ready the hand appeared in just a few brush strokes. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize archive

9 September 2010 by Laura

There was a great article in the Liverpool Echo last weekend on the history of the John Moores Painting Prize. It included some fantastic archive pictures of John Moores competitions over the last 53 years. One that didn’t make it into the article is the photograph below. The image is of the judging panel from the 1985 competition. The eagle-eyed will spot Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota on the far right. The winner that year was ‘Oriental Garden’ by Bruce Mclean. Read more…

Wolfgang Tillmans

9 September 2010 by Laura

Artist in gallery

Wolfgang Tillmans with ‘Freischwimmer 151’ © Mark Sumner

Last week the Walker Art Gallery was buzzing with the excitement of having a Turner Prize winner in its midst! Wolfgang Tillmans was at the gallery for three days working on the installation of 12 photographic works, dotted around the gallery among the permanent collection. Some of the works are vast, like ‘Freischwimmer 151’ in the picture above while some of them a smaller and more discreet so you’ll have to work harder to spot them amongst the treasures of the Walker.  Read more…

A Shaman arrives at the Walker…

30 July 2010 by Lisa

Man dressed in a deer skin, shouting in front of an audience

Journey to the Lower World, Coot 2004, by Marcus Coates. Photography by Nick David. Courtesy of Kate MacGarry and Workplace Gallery.

Both funny and touching, ‘Journey to the Lower World’, a film artwork by the influential contemporary artist Marcus Coates,  became part of the Walker Art Gallery’s collections in 2010.

It is a major piece of work by Coates and was bought by the gallery with the help of the Contemporary Art Society’s Acquisitions Scheme. The film was an exciting addition to the gallery’s internationally renowned collection. The work arose from ‘Further Up in the Air’, a residency programme for artists in Liverpool’s Sheil Park estate in 2003. Read more…



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