The John Moores Painting Prize 2014 prizewinners, including first prizewinner Michael Simpson (far right). The deadline for entries to the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 has been extended to 12 noon on Monday 20 November (enter here). We want to make sure that as many people as possible are able to apply for the Prize in 2018, its 60th year! This year's prize is an extra special one. As well as winning £25,000 and the chance to have your painting acquired by the Walker, the winner can look forward to a career-changing solo show at the Gallery and a three-month fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University, which will be bespoke to the individual. Four additional prizewinners will each receive £2,500. The internationally-renowned 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 judges for this year's prize are Lubaina Himid MBE, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jenni Lomax, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiadong. The competition culminates in an exhibition of shortlisted entries held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, and 2018 will mark its 30th exhibition (4 July - 18 November 2018), having championed contemporary British painting for over two decades longer than any other art prize of its scale.
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). Forming a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial, the John Moores exhibition is held in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust. Find out more and submit your entry to the 2018 prize here.
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. To date, the Walker has acquired more than 80 works which have been exhibited as part of the John Moores Painting Prize, helping to build a varied and important contemporary art collection.