John Moores Painting Prize

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Curator, Ann Bukantas gives Korean curators and writers tour of the contemporary collections

Last week a group of Korean curators and writers visited the Walker Art Gallery. A trip organised by Visit Britain, they had come to discover more about the UK’s contemporary art scene. As host to the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, the UK’s best known painting competition, the Walker was a must-see. They were treated to a tour by curator of fine art, Ann Bukantas and explored the history of the prize and the impact it has had on lives of its entrants. They were pleased to see work by the likes of Peter Doig and David Hockney as well as photographs of previous entrants such as Sir Peter Blake, a juror of the prize in 2006. With almost 3,000 entries for this year’s prize it looks set to be another exciting competition. The first stage of judging will take place in London next month. Keep an eye on the website for exclusive interviews with the judges. To follow the judging progress join our Twitter account.