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Transcript of audio description of the John Moores 25 exhibition

Welcome to the Walker Art Gallery and to the 25th John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize exhibition. The exhibition runs until Sunday 4 January 2009.

You are listening to an audio description for this exhibition that may be of assistance to visitors with visual impairment.

The message lasts around five minutes.

Firstly, let me tell you about the gallery layout. The exhibition consists of three rooms, or galleries, that display the paintings in the exhibition. Wood-strip flooring runs throughout the exhibition and there are no major changes in floor height or steps.

You are currently standing in the first gallery which introduces the exhibition. This room is approximately 10 metres by 10 metres or 30 feet by 30 feet.

Just off to your right is a doorway that leads to another gallery, which again is about 10 metres by 20 metres or 30 by 60 feet and which narrows in the middle.

Across to your right, on the far wall, is the doorway to the third gallery which is 30 metres or 90 feet long by 10 metres or 30 feet wide.

Bench seating is located at several points in the galleries and there are also five free-standing audio points where you can listen to some of jurors talking about selected paintings on display.

Please take care with the low-level stanchion barriers that are located in front of the paintings.

So that's the domestics taken care of! Let me tell you a more about this fascinating exhibition.

John Moores 25 presents an exciting selection of new British paintings, 40 pictures in total, which were shortlisted for the John Moores contemporary painting prize. The jurors were artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Graham Crowley and Paul Morrison, and independent art critic and curator Sacha Craddock.

This year there were a record number of entries into the competition, evidence of the stature of the prize. Although the appearance of each exhibition changes, the principles of the exhibition are constant: to support artists and to bring the best of contemporary painting across the UK to Liverpool. Submission is open to anyone working in the UK and the selection is made by the jurors from anonymous entries.

The John Moores exhibition is named after Sir John Moores, the founder of Littlewoods, who had the idea for the exhibition in 1957. Shortlisted works are exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery every two years and the exhibition forms a major strand of the Liverpool Biennial. To mark 50 years since the first John Moores, a special display has been mounted of previous prizewinners acquired for the Walker Art Gallery over five decades. This display is in Room 12 of the Walker Art Gallery and has more information about the history of the prize.

A top prize of £25,000 was awarded to the first prizewinner with £2500 going to the four prizewinners. This year the the first prize has been awarded to peter McDonald for his painting, 'Fontana'.

The John Moores exhibitions are organised and jointly funded by National Museums Liverpool in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust.

You can vote for your favourite John Moores 25 painting by filling in a Visitors' Choice card during your visit. Voting ends on Sunday 2 November 2008 and, in celebration of Liverpool's year as Capital of Culture in 2008, the winning artist will receive £2008.

To find out more about the John Moores exhibition, visit the information bank in the exhibition foyer where you will find a web point, books and journals. A programme of free John Moores related events and activities runs throughout the exhibition period. Many of the works exhibited here are also for sale. Please ask for further details at the information desk on the ground floor where exhibition catalogues can also be purchased, priced £9.95.

We hope that you have found this audio description useful. Please do enjoy the rest of your visit.