John Moores Painting Prize                                 



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Call for entries for the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 is now open.

John Moores Painting Prize 2016

Open to all painters in the UK, works are selected anonymously by an independent jury. The Prize continues to honour the principles of open submission and democratic selection.

The jury, which is soon to be announced, will select a final shortlist of five paintings. The overall winner will receive £25,000 and four further prizes of £2,500 will be awarded.

The winner of the Visitors' Choice award, voted for by the public during the 2016 exhibition, will receive a prize of £2,016.

The John Moores Painting Prize is delivered in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust and is supported by our exhibition partner Weightmans.

The Prize is showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2016 festival of contemporary art, one of the world’s leading Biennials, taking place from 9 July to 16 October 2016.

About the John Moores


First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's best-known painting competition and is named after Sir John Moores (1896 - 1993), the founder of the prize. The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial.

The John Moores exhibition is held in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, and although the appearance of each exhibition changes, the principles remain constant: to support artists and to bring to Liverpool the best contemporary painting from across the UK.

John Moores Painting Prize China launched in August 2010. Applications were received from across China and 28 artists were selected for the inaugural exhibition.

In 2012 Sir Peter Blake became the first Patron of the prize. Find out more about his connection to the prize and watch a video of the artist in his studio.

Quotes about the prize

"The John Moores is one of the most prestigious art competitions in the UK and winning the Junior Prize in 1961 is one of the achievements of which I am most proud." 
- Sir Peter Blake, artist.
"...elegant, coherent and some really impressive work."
- Tim Marlow, Sky Arts.
"[The John Moores Painting Prize is] the Oscar of the British painting world"
- Sir Norman Rosenthal, curator and former exhibitions secretary at the Royal Academy.
"...catch up with innovative developments in a traditional medium"
- Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times.