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Behind the scenes: John Moores Painting Prize

2 October 2013 by Lisa

Woman sitting at a desk

Katherine in the John Moores Painting Prize office

There’s less than a month to go before call for entries for the John Moores Painting Prize closes and the team are already feeling inspired by the entries that have been submitted so far.  Here’s Project Assistant Katherine Lloyd to give us a peek behind the scenes…

“ Having been a regular visitor to the exhibition over the years It’s really exciting for me to be apart of the John Moores painting prize team. I am particularly looking forward to being able to see the whole process, seeing the exhibition grow from initial registrations right through to the final exhibition.  It will be exciting to be part of  the busy schedules at the varying stages, working alongside the jurors and the artists and ultimately working towards the grand opening in July. Read more…

“There’s an alchemical energy in this painting…”

21 August 2013 by Lisa

Woman standing in front of a painting

Sarah Pickstone with her winning painting in 2012.

I’ve been listening again to the words of Sarah Pickstone, the artist who won the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012.

Call for entries for this  prestigious painting have come around again so it means we always look back to who the last winner was, as we also look forward to discovering the next winner in 2014!  Read more…

Book sale bargains

3 January 2013 by Karen

A brightly coloured teaset

A divine Clarice Cliff ‘tea for two’ set from Age of Jazz.

As January is synonymous with sales and spring cleaning we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone and have a bit of a clear out in our book warehouse. So if you fancy bagging yourself a bargain then check out the offers on our online shop.

It’s an eclectic selection and there are some great books, my personal favourites being ‘When Time Began to Rant and Rage…’ which is a fab book of Irish figurative work and totally worth a fiver, Age of Jazz: British Arts Deco Ceramics as I’m a sucker for a deco teaset, and British Watercolours and Drawings from the Lady Lever’s collection.

If you’ve still not got a John Moores catalogue then now is the time to buy one as they’re reduced to £7.50. And if you buy it from the Walker shop you get the John Moores China version for free. Read more…

Free copies of the John Moores China catalogue

21 December 2012 by Karen

Galleries are fab places during the Christmas holidays. They’re quiet, uplifting, not the television, and you leave feeling slightly virtuous before returning to the orgy of chocolate and booze that has been your diet for most of December. And in the case of our venues, they’re totally free.

If you wander to the Walker this festive season to catch the John Moores Painting Prize before it closes on 6 January, you’ll no doubt see the rather large and rather excellent prize winners from the John Moores China exhibition. These are just five of the 63 pieces from the Shanghai exhibition, all of which are featured in the Chinese exhibition catalogue. In the spirit of festive generosity we’re giving away this Chinese catalogue for free to anyone who buys a copy of our own John Moores exhibition catalogue. Read more…

Peter Blake-signed book up for grabs

20 December 2012 by Karen

Cover of a John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue

John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue

Just a reminder that time is short if you would like to win a copy of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 catalogue. But these are not just any copies of the catalogue – they’re signed by our esteemed patron, Sir Peter Blake.To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is join our e-newsletter list. No mess, no fuss.

And if you’re thinking a catalogue would make a fine Christmas present, you’d be right. They can be purchased from our online shop (you’re cutting it fine though – last UK posting for Christmas is today!) or from the Walker shop itself. Hard sell over.
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James Bloomfield workshop

30 November 2012 by Angela

Rows of paper butterflies

Image (c) Rob Flynn

John Moores 2012 exhibiting artist James Bloomfield tells us about his recent workshop at the Walker Art Gallery. See pictures from the workshop on our flickr site:

“After much planning, emails and butterfly folding I arrived at the Walker Art Gallery to give my artist talk and deliver the workshop. I was welcomed into the bowels of the Gallery and delivered to the resource area by means of the biggest lift I have ever seen. Angelica was on hand to setup the workshop area, and we began to pin the butterflies in preparation for the workshop. Read more…

Splashes and Splatters and Pitter Patter Painters

1 November 2012 by Angela

Little girl sitting on the floor painting in a room with paint splattered walls

Here’s our Education Demonstrator Angelica Vanasse to tell you all about some little artists getting creative at the Walker recently:

The John Moores Painting Prize 2012 provided us with heaps of inspiration for our fantastic family Splashes and Splatters painting workshops and our Pitter Patter Painters sessions for under 3s at the Walker Art Gallery. Coordinated by the Education Team at the Walker, our Rex Makin auditorium was re-vamped as a vibrant paint-filled hub of creativity with lots to see, make, and be inspired by – all focused on the painting process.   Read more…

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…

Good things come in small packages at the John Moores

11 October 2012 by Laura

Figure in hand

The tiny figure which inspired Angela’s John Moores painting

We had a really fascinating talk from John Moores artist, Angela Lizon on Tuesday. This little figure was found in a charity shop, and made a perfect subject for Angela who is intrigued by kitsch and how it can be transformed into something unique.

‘Made in Taiwan’ was the smallest submission from more than 3,000 entries to the competition. You can see how little it is in the photograph- it is the second painting from the right. Read more…

John Moores artist- Narbi Price

4 October 2012 by Laura

The John Moores Painting Prize has been open for a number of weeks now. With 67 paintings (including the China works), there is a lot to take in. So for Talk Tuesdays (1pm every week) artists, historians and members of the John Moores project team take turns to talk about their work, and/or what the exhibition and the Prize are all about.

This week was the turn of 2012 prize winner, Narbi Price. Press Assistant, Jo Vickers went along to find out what inspires Narbi’s interesting work: Read more…

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