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John Moores 2018 prizewinners’ shortlist announced

22 June 2018 by Andrew

Shanti Panchal, The Divide Beyond Reasoning

The five prizewinning paintings shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 have been announced. One of them, selected from more than 2,700 entries, will be chosen as the overall winner of the £25,000 first prize.

Billy Crosby, Quilt

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Sir Peter Blake marks 60 years of the John Moores with new design

26 April 2018 by Andrew

John Moores Painting Prize 2018 campaign creative by Sir Peter Blake.

Sir Peter Blake, Patron of the John Moores Painting Prize and winner of the John Moores junior painting prize in 1961, has created a unique artwork commemorating the 60th anniversary of the competition.

Sir Peter is one of Britain’s best known Pop artists who co-created The Beatles iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve, as well as record sleeves for Band Aid, The Who and Paul Weller. In Liverpool, his design of the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop was inspired by First World War dazzle ships. It was one of three designs commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and National Museums Liverpool to commemorate the centenary of the start of the war in 2014.

Look out for his John Moores Painting Prize design across the exhibition media campaign launching late June, as well as on venue banners, leaflets and posters. John Moores Painting Prize 2018 opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 14 July, find out which artists are exhibiting here.

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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Behind the scenes of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018

11 January 2018 by Alex Patterson

Alex Patterson at her desk working

Alex Patterson, Assistant Curator of Fine Art

I’m thrilled to be working on the John Moores Painting Prize while it celebrates its 60th Anniversary! I’m Assistant Curator of Fine Art for National Museums Liverpool and this year I have joined the Prize’s Project Manager, Katherine Lloyd, to oversee various stages of the competition.

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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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Entry deadline for £25,000 JM Painting Prize extended

9 November 2017 by Felicity

The John Moores Painting Prize 2014 prizewinners, including first prizewinner Michael Simpson (far right).

The deadline for entries to the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 has been extended to 12 noon on Monday 20 November (enter here). We want to make sure that as many people as possible are able to apply for the Prize in 2018, its 60th year!

This year’s prize is an extra special one. As well as winning £25,000 and the chance to have your painting acquired by the Walker, the winner can look forward to a career-changing solo show at the Gallery and a three-month fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University, which will be bespoke to the individual. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Sneh Mehta

20 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Sneh Mehta standing next to her work 'Him & Her'

Sneh Mehta standing next to her painting ‘Him & Her’

Sneh Mehta was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Him & Her’.

Mehta’s acrylic painting shows two heads whose features are bound and hidden, creating a stifling effect.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 25th October

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Emma Talbot

11 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Emma Talbot's 'You Come To Me In A Dream'

Emma Talbot, ‘You Come To Me In A Dream’

Emma Talbot was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘You come to me in a dream’.

Talbot’s freehand paintings recount her own real life experiences and promote an eerie, supernatural thrill.

We caught up with her to find out more about how she works, ahead of her ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 18th October

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Talar Aghbashian

19 September 2016 by Felicity

Talar Aghbashian in front of her prizewinning painting © Dave Jones

Talar Aghbashian in front of her prizewinning painting © Dave Jones

Talar Aghbashian is one of this year’s John Moores Painting Prize prizewinners. Selected from more than 2,500 entries, Talar’s painting represents a memory of a disproportionate, ill-sculpted arm of a statue of an assassinated politician.

We caught up Talar ahead of her free talk, taking place at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 20 September, 1pm. Read more…

Sir John Moores family travelling trunk on display at the Maritime

7 August 2014 by Jen

group photo pf people wearing fancy dress costumes

Fancy Dress party on board Franconia l-r: Edna, John, John Jr, Betty & Ruby
(courtesy of Clare and Barney Moores)

One of the highlights of the Liverpool Biennial is always the announcement of the winner of the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize competition.

Here at the Maritime Museum though we’ve been focusing on the man who founded the Painting Prize. Sir John Moores was a local businessman and founder of the Littlewoods Pools; by the mid 1930s he had made his fortune and could easily afford one of the great luxuries of the age, seeing the world on the magnificent passenger liners. Read more…



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