John Moores Painting Prize                                 

John Moores Painting Prize 2020. Call for entries 17 February - 24 March 2020

The John Moores Painting Prize 2020 exhibition will be at the Walker Art Gallery 11 September 2020 to 14 February 2021.

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About the John Moores Painting Prize 

First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's best-known painting competition and is named after Sir John Moores (1896-1993), the sponsor of the prize. The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial.

The John Moores exhibition is held in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, and 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.

John Moores Painting Prize China launched in August 2010. Applications were received from across China and 28 artists were selected for the inaugural exhibition.

In 2011 Sir Peter Blake became the first Patron of the art prize. 

There is currently an exhibition of previous John Moores prizewinners at the Walker Art Gallery.

Catalogues from some of the previous John Moores exhibitions are available to buy from our shop.



Quotes about the prize

"The John Moores is one of the most prestigious art competitions in the UK and winning the Junior Prize in 1961 is one of the achievements of which I am most proud." 
- Sir Peter Blake, artist.
"...elegant, coherent and some really impressive work."
- Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy.
"[The John Moores Painting Prize is] the Oscar of the British painting world"
- Sir Norman Rosenthal, curator and former exhibitions secretary at the Royal Academy.
"...catch up with innovative developments in a traditional medium"
- Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times.