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John Moores artist talks

13 October 2010 by Laura

Artist talks to audience in gallery

Artist Steve Proudfoot discusses his work in exhibition

Liverpool-artist Steve Proudfoot launched a programme of artist talks in the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition today.

Talking about his popular painting ‘The Party‘ Steve told his audience that a main source of inspiration was the 60’s artist Gerhard Richter. He also discussed how he conceived and created the painting, as well as giving an idea of his career to date.

The audience were fascinated to learn that this was the first time Steve had entered the competition. John Moores project manager, Angela Samata, revealed more about how the selection process works and even reminisced on the discussion the judges had over ‘The Party’ and how they came to a unanimous decision to include it in the exhibition. Read more…

John Moores news roundup!

5 October 2010 by Lisa

Well, we’ve barely had time to recover from the excitement of Keith Coventry winning the John Moores Painting Prize and it’s now time to get excited about another prizewinner!

Voting for the coveted ‘Visitors’ Choice Award’ is now open, which means that you get to tell us which painting is your favourite. Pick up a voting card in the gallery once you’ve seen the exhibition and cast your vote in the box provided by 18 November 2010. If you vote, you will be put into our prize draw for the chance to win a dinner for two courtesy of the Radisson. The artist with the most votes will win £2010 and the winner will be announced on 25 November 2010. 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…

New books available to buy and win

31 August 2010 by Karen

Book cover showing The Beatles and The Zutons

The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City

It’s all go on the publications front at NML with new titles arriving and due shortly.

You may already know that we recently launched a book to accompany the Hitched exhibition at Sudley House. Also called Hitched it features 13 beautiful wedding outfits in full colour, together with close-up details and many original wedding photographs. It’s a snip at £4.95 and is available through our venue shops and our online bookshop.

If you enjoyed The Beat Goes On exhibition at World Museum last year then the new book of the same name is for you. It is a critical historical account of popular music in Liverpool, looking at why the city is so important musically and how has it sustained its importance, from the Beatles to the Zutons and beyond. It’s also available to buy online and through our venues. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize China 2010

17 August 2010 by Laura

We are exactly 31 days off announcing the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2010. We are seriously excited about it, so I can only imagine how the shortlisted artists must be feeling right now.

To keep us all going here is the winner for the parallel competition running in Shanghai:

Painting of a plane

 Big Plane by Han Feng

The very first John Moores Painting Prize China 2010 was won by the artist Han Feng with this lovely monochromatic painting, Big Plane (acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm). The four runners up are: Zou Tao, Zhang Wei, Li Weizhou and Zhang Zhenxue. Read more…

Round two for John Moores

8 June 2010 by Laura

Judges pose for pictures

Judges (from L to R) Sir Norman Rosenthal, Ged Quinn, Gary Hume and Alison Watt

Stage two of judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize starts this week. Four of the five judges took a quick look around the John Moores Prizewinners gallery this afternoon and posed for pictures. Goshka Macuga, the judge missing from the picture, will be joining the rest of the team this evening, when they start making their selection.

Paintings in the flesh – John Moores 2010 judging continues…

7 June 2010 by Lisa

Large white cube in a warehouse

The place where the paintings will be judged.

This week sees the start of stage 2 of the judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010!

As promised in my previous post, I will be taking you behind the scenes by bringing you an online video of all the judging action later this week.

The JM2010 jury - Gary Hume, Alison Watt, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Ged Quinn and Goshka Macuga – will be arriving in Liverpool in the next day or so and will begin judging the paintings that have got through to stage 2. Read more…

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