John Moores Painting Prize 2018

14 July - 18 November 2018
This exhibition has finished
Free entry

The next John Moores Painting Prize exhibition will be held in 2020 at the Walker Art Gallery. The call for entries period starts on 17 February 2020. The deadline to enter (register and pay the entry fee) is 12 noon on Monday 24 March 2020. In the meantime you can visit our exhibition of John Moores prize winners at the Walker Art Gallery.

About the exhibition

The internationally-renowned John Moores Painting 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 competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, and 2018 marked the art prize’s 60th anniversary and its 30th exhibition, having championed contemporary British painting for over two decades longer than any other art prize of its scale.

Forming a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial, the John Moores exhibition is held in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust. 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.

Exhibiting artists and prize winners

The winner of the prestigious first prize in 2018 was Jacqui Hallum with her painting King and Queens of Wands.

See the full gallery of artists in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 and find out more about the five prize winning artists

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. 

Meet the artists

Find out about some of the artists who exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 in these interviews.


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