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Winner of the John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice announced.

3 November 2016 by Laura

Man and painting

Donal Moloney – winner of the John Moores Visitors’ Choice 2016

Congratulations to Donal Moloney, winner of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 Visitors’ Choice!

His intricate kaleidoscopic painting, ‘Cave Floor’, has won the £2,016 prize, sponsored by Rathbones.

Rathbones have sponsored Visitors’ Choice since 2008. The award is a chance for visitors to have their say and select a painting which they feel stands out from the competition.

Over the years visitors have chosen some very different paintings but interestingly, not once have they agreed with the judges’ first choice, although occasionally other prizewinners have been selected. Read more…

Artist blog: John Moores 2016 artist, Julia Warr

2 November 2016 by Scott Smith

Where do we come from? Where are we going? by Julia Warr

“Where do we come from? Where are we going?” by Julia Warr

Julia Warr was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘Where do we come from? Where are we going?’

Julia utilities grids in her work to create an essence of what she calls ‘realistic fiction’.

We caught up with her to find out more about her art and how she works…

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Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Mandy Payne

26 October 2016 by Scott Smith

Mandy Pane next to her painting 'No Ball Games Here'

Mandy Payne next to her painting ‘No Ball Games Here’

Mandy Payne was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with her painting, ‘No Ball Games Here’.

Mandy’s work is inspired by landscapes, particularly the urban and edge-land areas of Sheffield where she lives. Her painting ‘No Ball Games Here’ depicts Park Hill, the Grade II* listed Sheffield council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture.

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 1st November

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

Read more…

John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice 2016

12 October 2016 by Laura

Visitors in exhibition

John Moores Painting Prize

Almost 10,000 people have voted for the John Moores Painting Prize Visitor’s Choice, sponsored by Rathbones, but there is still time to have your say! Read more…

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

Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite women – fashion inspirations

10 October 2016 by Scott Smith

A visitor who looks like a Pre-Raphaelite looking at Pre-Raphaelite paintings

A visitor finds her inspiration in a Pre-Raphaelite painting from the Lady Lever collection!

Why not come and see some of the original fashion pioneers – the women of the Pre-Raphaelites in Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever and Sudley House. Read more…

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…

Helena Markson’s prints of Liverpool

26 August 2016 by Felicity

Helena with her Liverpool series of prints

Helena with her series of Liverpool prints

Helena Markson: A Sense of Place is a new display of prints at the Walker Art Gallery. The display coincides with the launch of a new book about Helena’s work, written by Emma Mason. In this blog, Emma tells us how she came across Helena’s work:

“Back in 2013 I received a phone call about printmaker Helena Markson (1934-2012). Irene, Helena’s sister was calling to say that Helena had died unexpectedly the year before and Irene was sorting out her studio and wanted our advice. I knew a little about Helena and we had some of her etchings in our gallery. As with many post war printmakers, Helena’s work had been overlooked in recent years and I was keen to find out more about her. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Donal Moloney

19 August 2016 by Felicity

Cave Floor, 2015, Donal Moloney

Cave Floor, 2015, Donal Moloney

Donal Moloney was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Cave Floor’.

Donal’s intricate paintings contain fragments of images from a wide variety of sources creating a ‘kaleidoscope’ of glistening surfaces.

We caught up with him to find out more about how he works, ahead of his ‘Talk Tuesday’ event happening at the Walker Art Gallery on Tuesday 23 August. Read more…



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