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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…

Nick Fox donates prizewinning work

1 May 2012 by Laura

This month paintings from across the UK will be arriving in Liverpool for the second stage of judging for John Moores Painting Prize.

One person who knows exactly how the entrants will be feeling right now is Nick Fox who was a prizewinner in 2010 with the beautiful painting ‘Metatopia‘.

Nick has recently very generously donated the painting to the Walker Art Gallery where it joins an outstanding collection of contemporary art.

Artist and painting

Nick Fox with his prizewinning painting, ‘Metatopia’

We’re thrilled the work is back on show for our visitors so we’ve arranged for Nick to come and discuss the painting, his practice and the Prize in more detail in a free talk on Friday 4 May at 1pm. Read more…

Animal Art at the Walker Art Gallery

27 March 2012 by Laura

Baby in animal costume

Young visitors can join in the fun with animal costumes in Big Art

Oinking, bleating and clucking are not the sounds you expect from a trip to the Walker Art Gallery but this weekend some special guests are set to change all of that.

On Saturday 31 March and Tuesday 3 April a mini farm arrives at the gallery giving our visitors the opportunity to feast their eyes on rabbits alongside the Rubens, Rembrandt and Rossettis.

I have to confess I am most looking forward to the mini pigs but there will also be cute goats and this close to Easter it would be rude to not invite the chickens too. Read more…

The final countdown

20 December 2011 by Alison Cornmell

It’s the 20 December which can only mean one thing, and not that we’re only five days away from Christmas.

No, today marks one month exactly until the deadline for artists to register for the John Moores Painting Prize 2012. This blog is for any artists out there or people who may know artists. Enter before 20 January 2012 and be in with a chance of winning the first prize of £25,000 or four further prizes, each of £2,500.

This is the biggest painting prize in the UK and has played a significant role in some famous artistic careers.  Previous winners have included David Hockney, Peter Doig and Lisa Milroy. Sir Peter Blake was a winner of the Junior section of the Prize in 1961 which he describes as “…a thrilling moment when I was told I’d taken first prize in the Junior section and it spurred me on.” Fifty years after winning the Junior section Sir Peter is now patron of the Prize.

Judges for this year’s competition are Fiona Banner who is from Merseyside, director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery Iwona Blazwick, Spanish born Angela de la Cruz, a former Turner Prize 2010 nominee, Turner Prize 2011 nominee George Shaw and creative director of the BBC, Alan Yentob. 

To enter the Prize or find out more follow the link – go on, it could be the start of something amazing! 
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