Born in 1987, Cara is one of this year's youngest exhibitors and is following in the foot steps of other John Moores artists whose inclusion in the exhibition has proved to be an important stepping stone in their career. One of the best examples being the artist Peter Doig, whose work broke records in 2007 when it sold for £5.7 million, and who has described his John Moores win in 1993 as a "pivotal point".
Cara says: “To be selected for this year's John Moores Painting Prize was an amazing opportunity for myself as an artist, as it allowed me to see my work in a national institution. Having my work shown at John Moores gave me the confidence and impetus to pursue my professional practice. I applied for the Jerwood Visual Arts painting fellowship and was selected to make work for an exhibition in 2011 at Jerwood Gallery.“
Jerwood Painting Fellowships are a new initiative from Jerwood Visual Arts designed to promote and support emerging artists in the field of painting. It follows the Jerwood Contemporary Painters series, which came to an end earlier this year after a four year run, and previously the Jerwood Painting Prize.
The John Moores Painting Prize continues at the Walker Art Gallery until 3 January 2011