John Moores Painting Prize 2018

Call for entries open until 13 November 2017

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Call for entries is open until 13 November 2017. Please read our FAQs to find out everything you need to know about entering the John Moores Painting Prize.

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First prize £25,000 

+ a 3 month fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University

+ a solo display show at the Walker Art Gallery

About the exhibition

The internationally-renowned John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's longest-established painting prize, founded in 1957. Named after the sponsor of the prize, Sir John Moores (1896 – 1993), the competition is entered and judged anonymously and open to all UK-based artists working with paint.

The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, and 2018 will mark the art prize’s 60th anniversary and its 30th exhibition, having championed contemporary British painting for over two decades longer than any other art prize of its scale.

Forming a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial, the John Moores exhibition is held in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust. 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.

Past winners of the art prize include David Hockney (1967), Mary Martin (1969), Peter Doig (1993), Keith Coventry (2010), Sarah Pickstone (2012) and Rose Wylie (2014). Sir Peter Blake, winner of the junior prize in 1961, is Patron of the prize. The winner of the prestigious first prize in 2016 was Michael Simpson with his painting Squint (19).

The John Moores Painting Prize 2018 will run from 14 July - 18 November 2018. Call for entries is open until 13 November 2017.

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