John Moores Painting Prize 2016           


9 July - 27 November 2016

Free entry

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From George Orwell’s 'Animal Farm' to a statue of an assassinated politician, the sources of inspiration behind the paintings in this year's exhibition are varied and wide-ranging. Similarly diverse are the painting materials used by some of this year’s artists, from Plasticine on an altered book cover to acrylic on sheets of industrial aluminium foil.

A theme explored in a number of entries is the act of painting itself, with several works exploring the significance, challenges and value of this medium. Three of the exhibiting artists are undergoing or have recently completed the Turps Art School correspondence course, designed specifically for painters.

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

We are also greatly honoured to display the dynamic prizewinning paintings from the John Moores Painting Prize China exhibition.

First prizewinner


The winner of this year's John Moores Painting Prize and the recipient of £25,000, is Michael Simpson with his painting 'Squint (19)'. 

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

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue, which is available from our shop. 

All works featured in the exhibition will be available to purchase - please contact our sales team for more information: 

Find out more

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 exhibition is part of Liverpool Biennial 2016 - a festival of newly commissioned contemporary art from around the world. It takes place from 9 July until 16 October across the city in public spaces, galleries and online. 

Latest blogs

Visitor walking past paintings in the JM2016 exhibition

JM2016: Why paint?

29 November

Find answers from our visitors in the slideshow below: The love of, and need to paint is what keeps this internationally-renowned prize so fresh and inspiring year after year. Read more about JM2016: Why paint?

Freeloader by Ben Cove

JM2016 artist Ben Cove, as remembered by his sister

11 November

Ben Cove was selected to exhibit in this year’s John Moores Painting Prize with his painting, ‘Freeloader’. Tragically, Ben passed away unexpectedly after a short illness during the JM2016 selection process. Read more about JM2016 artist Ben Cove, as remembered by his sister


Exhibition partners





Visitors' Choice Award sponsor

Hotel partner

The Richmond Hotel.