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Blake’s a busy bee

27 October 2011 by Alison Cornmell

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 Stephen

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…

50 years on- Sir Peter Blake recalls his proudest moment

24 January 2011 by Laura

People looking at slides

Judges from the 2006 John Moores, including Sir Peter Blake, look over the slide entries of that year

Sir Pete Blake has had a long and incredibly successful career,  but at the grand age of 78 he confirmed in today’s news that his proudest moment was not the iconic design of The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover, but is actually still his win of the junior John Moores prize.

Blake won the competition with his entry ‘Self-portrait with Badges’, now in the Tate collection, while a young tutor at St. Martin’s College in 1961.

He returned to the prize as a judge along with Tracey Emin, Jason Brooks, Andrea Rose and Ann Bukantas in 2006.  Read more…

New Ged Quinn painting at the Walker

7 December 2010 by Lisa

Painting of a sunsent with a house floating in the sky

The new painting by artist Ged Quinn on loan from a private collection.

If you have been wandering around our 20th century and contemporary gallery recently, you may have noticed that our amazing ‘Liverpool Cityscape’ has disappeared! Don’t worry, it’s just on loan right now for the ‘Ben Johnson: Modern Perspectives’ exhibition at the National Gallery in London.

In the mean time we have an explosion of colour filling the wall, in the form of a new loan. This stunning landscape with quirky details is by Ged Quinn, the Liverpool-born artist and juror for the John Moores Painting Prize 2010. It’s called ‘The Exiled Forever Coming in to Land’ and was painted earlier this year. Ged was inspired by the American landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church and his work called ‘Twighlight in the Wilderness’. Read more…

Exclusive Gary Hume design could be yours…

1 December 2010 by Lisa

Have you seen the flowers on the cover of the Independent newspaper today? This beautiful image has been created by acclaimed artist and John Moores judge, Gary Hume to help raise awarness about World Aids Day. Elton John is involved in editing the paper today and as Gary is one of his favourite artists, it’s no surprise that he asked him to produce a piece of work for the cover.

Gary Hume enamel badge

This little piece of Gary Hume art could be yours!

Gary is also producing a limited edition of 100 prints of the front-page image, signed by the artist and Elton John, on sale for £1,000. But if your pockets are feeling the pinch, you can easily get your own piece of work by Gary Hume in the form of a lovely John Moores 2010 enamel badge! Read more…

Nicholas does the double!

25 November 2010 by Laura

Two men next to painting

(From L to R)Andrew Morris, director of Rathbones with winning artist Nicholas Middleton

Nicholas Middleton has won the John Moores Visitors’ Choice for a second time!

His painting ‘Protest, April 1st 2009’ definitely appealed to a particular mood amongst visitors to the exhibition. As one put it: “He has taken away the decoration and concentrated on the stark financial climate we live in.”

Most however were struck by Nicholas’ technical ability, with one visitor commenting: “The skill, detail and effort in the painting are amazing. To me it is a modern-day equivalent of the old 18th century masters.” Read more…

Painting History

23 November 2010 by Laura

One of the things I love most about the John Moores Painting Prize is the convincing way it demonstrates just how versatile painting is. In its 53 year history it has brought a wildly varied selection of paintings to our attention. It is not just the subject or themes of the images that differ but also the way the artists use the materials and the act of painting itself.

A talk by John Moores exhibitor Sigrid Holmwood last week was a fascinating insight into an artist whose dedication to detail and accuracy goes beyond the usual expectations. Read more…

John Moores catalogue signing session

19 November 2010 by Karen

You might have already seen that on Thursday night (25 November) the 2010 John Moores Painting Prize winner, Keith Coventry, will be discussing his work with previous juror and independent art critic Sacha Craddock.

Both Keith and Sacha have kindly agreed to do a signing session after the event. Keith will signing copies of the JM2010 catalogue, and Sacha will be signing copies of the 2008 exhibition catalogue in which she features as a juror. Catalogues cost £9.95 and £5 respectively. Read more…

People power for painting prize!

11 November 2010 by Laura

Visitor Choice cards

Thousands of visitors have already voted for their favourite painting.

There is only one week left to vote for your favourite painting in the John Moores Visitor’s Choice prize at the Walker Art Gallery.

Angela Samata, John Moores project manger, explains how tight the voting is at the moment: “This year we have 45 very different paintings for visitors to choose from. The quality and variety of paintings in the exhibition has ensured the votes are close and we have quite a task ahead of us to count them! We are grateful to Rathbones for sponsoring the Visitors’ Choice prize, which encourages intense debate and interest in contemporary painting”. Read more…

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