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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

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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Blake’s a busy bee

27 October 2011 by Alison

The ‘Godfather’ of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake has been busy lately. Not only was he recently announced as the first ever patron of the John Moores Painting Prize he will also be designing the Brit Awards statuette for next years ceremony.

Brit award bosses see Sir Peter as being synonymous with the best of British music, which is why he was chosen to design the prize. Not only did he design the cover for The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band he also designed album covers for Paul Weller and Oasis. Read more…

We are the champions!

31 May 2011 by Lisa

It’s been an exciting time for us here at National Museums Liverpool as we have been happily weighed down with yet another award!

Angela Samata with the TMP Tourism Event of the Year award

The John Moores Painting Prize has beaten the rest in its field to be named Merseyside’s Tourism Event of the Year. The John Moores 2010 exhibition, which ran at the Walker Art Gallery from September to January, was the most successful ever in terms of visitor numbers.

Last Thursday the exhibition scooped the top prize at the Mersey Partnership Tourism Awards at the BT Convention Centre. It beat strong competition from the Grand National Festival, Mersey Ferries Manchester Ship Canal Cruise and Mersey Tunnel Tours. Read more…

Show Me the Walker

6 May 2011 by stepheng

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…

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