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And the winner is… (2)

17 September 2010 by Lisa

Man standing next to a blue portrait painting

The winner of the £25,000 prize!

The announcement of the winner of John Moores 2010 was made last night by acclaimed painter and competition judge, Alison Watt to a rapturous response by the private view audience and the press. Described by fellow judge, Sir Norman Rosenthal, as the ‘Oscar of the British painting world’ the John Moores Painting Prize was awarded to Keith Coventry for his painting ‘Spectrum Jesus’. This haunting portrait in shades of dark blue invites you to get up close so you can peer into its dark depths! Read more…

Eyes on the prize

15 September 2010 by Lisa

Man being photographed

Peter McDonald was the last winner. Who will be in the limelight this year?

It’s official: I’m giddy with excitement as tomorrow I will be part of making history!

For the first time in its 53 year history, the announcement of the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize will be broadcast live on the internet. It means that this usually exclusive event will be open to all – so why not throw your own private view at home, just add friends and canapés! 

I’ll be there with my laptop making sure it is broadcasting for you on time, so see if you can spot our judges Alison Watt, Gary Hume, Goshka Macuga, Ged Quinn and Sir Norman Rosenthal as they attend this exciting opening event. Read more…

All ready for the Liverpool Biennial!

14 September 2010 by Lisa

Detail of a brightly coloured oil painting

Detail of ‘For Your Pleasure’ by Philip Diggle, one of the 45 shortlisted artists for the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition.

We have a wealth of exciting art on display for you during the LiverpolBiennial from Saturday 18 September – 28 November 2010. Most exhibitions will be on show at the Walker Art Gallery. With everything from full exhibtions of contemporary paintings to individual video installation pieces, you can explore a variety of mediums that make up contemporary art today.

All the following exhibtions and one-off pieces will be on show during the Biennial and some will continue beyond this period: Read more…

New books available to buy and win

31 August 2010 by Karen

Book cover showing The Beatles and The Zutons

The Beat Goes On: Liverpool, Popular Music and the Changing City

It’s all go on the publications front at NML with new titles arriving and due shortly.

You may already know that we recently launched a book to accompany the Hitched exhibition at Sudley House. Also called Hitched it features 13 beautiful wedding outfits in full colour, together with close-up details and many original wedding photographs. It’s a snip at £4.95 and is available through our venue shops and our online bookshop.

If you enjoyed The Beat Goes On exhibition at World Museum last year then the new book of the same name is for you. It is a critical historical account of popular music in Liverpool, looking at why the city is so important musically and how has it sustained its importance, from the Beatles to the Zutons and beyond. It’s also available to buy online and through our venues. Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize China 2010

17 August 2010 by Laura

We are exactly 31 days off announcing the winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2010. We are seriously excited about it, so I can only imagine how the shortlisted artists must be feeling right now.

To keep us all going here is the winner for the parallel competition running in Shanghai:

Painting of a plane

 Big Plane by Han Feng

The very first John Moores Painting Prize China 2010 was won by the artist Han Feng with this lovely monochromatic painting, Big Plane (acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm). The four runners up are: Zou Tao, Zhang Wei, Li Weizhou and Zhang Zhenxue. Read more…

Round two for John Moores

8 June 2010 by Laura

Judges pose for pictures

Judges (from L to R) Sir Norman Rosenthal, Ged Quinn, Gary Hume and Alison Watt

Stage two of judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize starts this week. Four of the five judges took a quick look around the John Moores Prizewinners gallery this afternoon and posed for pictures. Goshka Macuga, the judge missing from the picture, will be joining the rest of the team this evening, when they start making their selection.

Paintings in the flesh – John Moores 2010 judging continues…

7 June 2010 by Lisa

Large white cube in a warehouse

The place where the paintings will be judged.

This week sees the start of stage 2 of the judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010!

As promised in my previous post, I will be taking you behind the scenes by bringing you an online video of all the judging action later this week.

The JM2010 jury - Gary Hume, Alison Watt, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Ged Quinn and Goshka Macuga – will be arriving in Liverpool in the next day or so and will begin judging the paintings that have got through to stage 2. Read more…

John Moores painting competition – Liverpool and Shanghai talk art

6 May 2010 by Sam

Following the recent founding of the John Moore’s painting prize in Shanghai, representatives from Liverpool and Shanghai caught up yesterday to discuss art in the UK and China and the running of the John Moore competitions.

From the Walker Art Gallery, participants in Liverpool were able to talk face to face to those in China via a live video conference link.

Angela Samata, Project Manager for the John Moores 2010 shares her thoughts on the video meeting:


I wasn’t really sure what to expect from a live video conference as I entered the empty gallery yesterday. I’ve used video conferencing before, but only within the UK, so the chance to link live with Shanghai was really exciting, but also a little bit nerve-wracking. Read more…

Video interviews with John Moores judges

27 April 2010 by Lisa

Two men and one woman - judging the John Moores 2010 entries

Artists Ged Quinn, Alison Watt and Gary Hume during stage 1

At last! Our first look behind the scenes of the John Moores 2010 is now online.

Watch the video here…

You will see judges Gary Hume, Ged Quinn and Alison Watt talking about the competition so far and footage from inside the judging room itself, with snatches of their discussions!

Fellow judges Goshka Macuga and Sir Norman Rosenthal were absent due to the ban on flights at the time because of the volcanic ash problems. Their choices were included as Reyahn King, Head of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool, read out their preferences during the judging process. Read more…

Behind the scenes of John Moores 2010

19 April 2010 by Lisa

Photo of Gary Hume in a white studio

Gary Hume, one of the judges for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010. Photo: Georgie Hopton

Excitement is mounting as we’re now starting the first stage of judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010! With a first prize of £25,000 and four further prizes of £2500 on the table, there is certainly plenty to get excited about. We’ve already seen some entries featuring canvasses smeared in beeswax and one daubed with coffee, so we know there will be plenty of variety and innovation for the judges to get their teeth into. Read more…