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Posted on Thursday 17th October 2013
Picture of John Moores 2012 winner Sarah Pickstone with her winning painting

Last year's winner, Sarah Pickstone © National Museums Liverpool

Registration for John Moores Painting Prize closes 25 October

Time is running out to register for one of British art’s most prestigious prizes, to be in with a chance of winning a first prize of £25,000 and have your name go down in art history.

So far entries to the John Moores Painting Prize form an exciting range of works which will give jurors much to consider about where the boundaries of contemporary painting lie. From work which includes human hair to a painting which requires a smart phone to decode it, in typical fashion, the competition has attracted a fascinating and eclectic response.

The registration deadline for the John Moores Paining Prize 2014 is Friday 25 October 2013. Online registration can be done at:


Artist, Tom Benson is the latest juror to be added to an international line-up.

The jurors (in alphabetical order) for the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 are:

• Tom Benson - The British artist has exhibited internationally. He makes paintings, drawings, prints, books and installations that expand an interest in our relationship to images and the condition of their presentation.

• Zeng Fanzhi - The Beijing-based artist has a major international reputation. This month, his painting The Last Supper, inspired by Da Vinci’s painting of the same name, was sold for $23.3 million in Hong Kong, and set a new record for work by a contemporary Asian artist.

• Chantal Joffe - A British artist based in London. Famed for her large-scale paintings of women and children, Chantal is interested in the complex lives of women and the roles their bodies, children and fashion take within their narratives.  She exhibited in the John Moores in 2002.

• Tim Marlow - Director of Exhibitions at White Cube since 2003. Over the last decade Tim has worked with some of the most important and influential artists of our time. An award-winning radio and television broadcaster, Tim has presented over 100 documentaries on British Television. His latest series Making Faces is broadcast on Sky Arts this autumn.

• Lynette Yiadom-Boakye - The London-born artist of Ghanian descent, is a nominee for the 2013 Turner Prize. A painter, her works of imaginary scenes populated by invented people, prompt questions of how we interpret paintings. Lynette exhibited in the John Moores in 2004.

2014 judge Tim Marlow said: “The John Moores Painting Prize is a national institution of international significance with an illustrious but still rather under-rated history. I'm delighted and honoured to be a judge this year and am relishing the opportunity to survey the state of contemporary painting”.

The jurors will select the exhibitors and award the £25,000 first prize and four other prize winners, who each receive £2,500. There is also £2,014 Visitors’ Choice prize, sponsored by Rathbones.

Now running for 56 years, previous winners of the influential competition include David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake (now patron of the prize), Mary Martin, Peter Doig and in 2012, Sarah Pickstone.

The John Moores Painting Prize is part of National Museums Liverpool's Modern Masters exhibition series part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Alongside the Liverpool Biennial, the exhibition dates (5 July – 30 November 2014) coincide with the Liverpool International Festival of Business.

For more information on the history of the prize:


or follow the prize on Twitter (@johnmoores2014) or Facebook.

Notes to Editors

• John Moores Painting Prize is organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust.

• John Moores Painting Prize is part of Liverpool Biennial, the UK’s largest contemporary art festival. The 8th Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art, will take place from 5 July to 26 October 2014.


• All UK-based artists who work with paint are invited to submit work to be considered for the John Moores Painting Prize.

• The competition is £30 to enter.

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National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. 

We attract more than three million visitors every year. Our venues are the International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Sudley House, Border Force National Museum, Walker Art Gallery and World Museum.

One of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. An outstanding display of contemporary art includes work by David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Banksy.

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