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

Nicholas at the John Moores 2016 exhibition.

Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Nicholas Middleton

29 July

What inspires our John Moores Painting Prize artists? Nicholas Middleton is an artist who has been selected five times for the John Moores over the past 12 years – this year his painting ‘Figures in an Arch’ has been chosen for the exhibition. Read more about Talk Tuesday: John Moores 2016 artist, Nicholas Middleton

Artist Michael Simpson (right), receives the £25,000 first prize from juror Ansel Krut.

“The limitations of painting I find quite beautiful” – Michael Simpson, first prizewinner, John Moores 2016

15 July

Last week was one of the most exciting of the year for the Walker Art Gallery, with the announcement of the winner of the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize. Read more about “The limitations of painting I find quite beautiful” – Michael Simpson, first prizewinner, John Moores 2016


Exhibition partners





Visitors' Choice Award sponsor

Hotel partner

The Richmond Hotel.