Excitement is mounting as we're now starting the first stage of judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010! With a first prize of £25,000 and four further prizes of £2500 on the table, there is certainly plenty to get excited about. We've already seen some entries featuring canvasses smeared in beeswax and one daubed with coffee, so we know there will be plenty of variety and innovation for the judges to get their teeth into.
We want to keep you in the loop in the run up to the announcement of the winner and for the first time in the history of the John Moores, we will be giving you an exclusive look behind the scenes! We will be posting up videos on our website over the next few months showing sneaky peeks of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 judging, in London and Liverpool respectively.
Our first bit of filming will go ahead on Wednesday at Rochelle School in London for the Stage 1 judging. We're hoping to grab a chat with the judges when they take their tea break and we might even get to sit in on the judging process! We'll be tweeting about what we see and hear while the judging is going on and hope to post up some mini video clips while we're there. Remember to follow @JohnMoores2010 on Twitter to get the latest updates - we'll let you know when the final video is online.
Look out for video coverage of the private view and winner's announcement at the Walker Art Gallery in September and video interviews with visitors at the exhibition after it has opened, to find out what their favourite paintings are.
I've got to go now and think up some questions to ask the jury, but get ready to see more of the John Moores than you've ever seen before!