Terms and conditions of entry

The artist:

Must live or be professionally based in the United Kingdom.

Must be 18 years or over on the day of they register and pay. There is no maximum age.

Must register and pay the entry fee of £30 (inclusive of VAT) no later than 12 noon on Monday 9 November 2015 or the entry will be invalid. The entry fee is non-refundable.

Accepts that, by signing the registration form or submitting the form online, they are agreeing to the terms and conditions of entry as specified by the organisers, National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside (operating as National Museums Liverpool). The John Moores Painting Prize is organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust.

May enter one painting only. Multiple entries under the same or under different names are not allowed. Artists found to have done this will be deemed in breach of the Prize’s conditions of entry and will have all their entries disqualified.

Undertakes that the work submitted is of their own origination, and that they hold all moral and intellectual property rights in that work. For example, if your work is closely based on the work of another artist, you must have obtained all the necessary copyright permissions and credit lines and paid any fees due before entering (registration and payment).

Accepts that the images and painting, if shortlisted, are entered at the artist’s own risk. The organisers are not liable for any loss or damage incurred to the image or painting, if shortlisted or selected for the exhibition itself.

Is responsible for the transportation of the painting to and from the designated depot if shortlisted. The organisers will not be liable for any loss or damage, however caused, either in transit to and from the exhibition, or during any period of storage (including at the depot),  packing or unpacking, installation, or in any period in which the work may be on their premises or  in their keeping. 

If shortlisted, the artist is advised to take out their own commercial insurance to cover their work in transit (two-way), at the  depots, throughout the judging period and if  selected, during the exhibition period.

Must collect their work from the specified depot as instructed.

Accepts that their painting, if selected for the final exhibition, will remain in storage until the start of the exhibition. This means that the work will need to be available from the time it is submitted to the close of the exhibition in November 2016.

Accepts that the decision of the jury is final. The organisers of the John Moores Painting Prize will not enter into any discussion regarding the selection or shortlisting.

Must, at all stages of the competition, maintain confidentiality regarding shortlisting and selection unless informed otherwise by the organisers. The organisers will liaise directly with the artist regarding any press and media activity.

If selected for the exhibition, agrees to the reproduction of their work or a detail of the work (at no fee) in association with the exhibition, including press, marketing, publicity, merchandise, catalogue and postcards and online (including the website and social media platforms).

Accepts that the painting submitted must be available for sale in the exhibition and that the Walker Art Gallery, if it requests to do so, is given first option to purchase that work.

Accepts that, if their painting is selected for the exhibition, any sale of the exhibited artwork during the exhibition period will be exclusively undertaken by NML Trading Ltd and must not be sold or reserved for sale by any other means. NML Trading Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary trading company of National Museums Liverpool. All NML Trading’s profits are returned to National Museums Liverpool to support its work.

Accepts that, if their painting is selected for the exhibition, they will be subject to a commercial agreement with NML Trading Ltd regarding the sale of their work and any associated use of images of that painting for merchandising purposes.

Is aware that National Museums Liverpool (NML) adheres to the Data Protection Act 1998. Personal details will remain confidential and not be disclosed to third parties.

By submitting an email address you are consenting to receive future emails from NML relating to our exhibitions. You can unsubscribe using the email address: databaseteam@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk


The image(s) 

Do not submit any images until you have received your confirmation of registration email and your unique entry number.

Digital images of the submitted work must be JPEGS between 2MB - 5MB in size and a minimum of 1000 x 1000 pixels.

One image showing the complete painting must be submitted (A). An optional second image, showing a detail of the work, may be submitted (B).

The image(s) of the painting must not be manipulated in any way and must be of the painting entered. Substitutes cannot be accepted and will invalidate the entry.

It is important that the quality of the digital image best reflects the submitted work. The first stage of selection is entirely based on the image submitted.

The image(s) and completed entry form can be submitted online. These must be submitted or received by 12 noon on Monday 16 November 2015 otherwise the entry will be invalid.

If you are unable to enter or submit images online,you can post your image on a CD with a completed entry form. Please contact the John Moores Painting Prize office in advance of submission. Contact details are at the end of these terms and conditions of entry.

We are unable to return digital images.

The painting 

Must be a new or recent work, preferably created since 1 January 2014.

Must be wholly or partly executed in any painted medium.

Must be designed to hang on or be fixed to a wall.

Must be the original work of the artist (or artists if a joint or collaborative work). Only one work per artist(s) can be submitted.

Must, if shortlisted for Stage 2, be the same work as that submitted as an image at Stage 1 and be available for Stage 2 of the competition and, if selected, for the duration of the exhibition itself.

When packed for transport, must measure no more than 3m x 3.75m.

When unpacked, must project no more than 0.5m from the wall.

If made up of more than one piece, such as a diptych or triptych, must be no larger overall than 3m x 3.75m x 0.5m when displayed on a wall.

The painting - if included in the exhibition

Must continue to be available, including for purchase, from Stage 2 judging to the close of the exhibition otherwise this will invalidate the entry.

Must not be removed before the exhibition closing date of Sunday 27 November 2016.

If sold from the exhibition, the painting is subject to a commission charge of 30% by NML Trading Ltd. This charge will be made by NML Trading Ltd upon completion of the sale and will be invoiced to the artist. Please refer to the commercial agreement or on request.

The commission charge will attract VAT at the prevailing rate and this will be shown on the invoice to the artist.

Where the artist is registered for VAT, the commission will be applied the painting sale price exclusive of VAT.

To enter

Artists could register, pay and enter on our website or alternatively by requesting a registration and payment form from the contact details below.

Contact details for John Moores Painting Prize 2016

Email: jmpaintingprize@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

John Moores Painting Prize office,
Exhibitions Department,
National Museums Liverpool,
127 Dale Street,
L2 2JH

Tel: 0151 478 4007