John Moores exhibition 1

1957

Fact file

  • Exhibition launches to widespread press coverage
  • The three categories comprise an open section, junior section and invited artists
  • Invited artists included Ceri Richards, LS Lowry, Joseph Herman, Reg Butler
  • A purchase prize is created
  • Jack Smith becomes the exhibition's first winner with 'Creation and Crucifixion'
  • Number of entries 2,059
  • Number of exhibits 181

Conditions of entry

Oil and tempera paintings and sculpture by artists working in the UK, each of whom could submit two works. Invited artists' section ('distinguished artists' could send in two works; not subject to Selection Committee, but still eligible for prizes).

Prize winners

Open section (3 purchase prizes):

  • Jack Smith 1st prize £1,000
  • Ceri Richards 2nd prize £750
  • Victor Pasmore 3rd prize £500

5 prizes of £100:

  • Ralph Brown
  • Cecil Collins
  • Josef Herman
  • Uli Nimptsch
  • Sir Matthew Smith

2 special prizes £75:

  • Derrick Greaves
  • Philip Sutton


Junior section, for artists up to 36 years old on 9 November 1957, 3 purchase prizes:

  • John Bratby 1st prize £500
  • Sheila Fell 2nd prize £250
  • Terry G Lee 3rd prize £100


10 prizes of £25:

  • Roy C Cross
  • Margaret E Evans
  • Anthony Fry
  • George Fullard
  • James Howie
  • Ralph B Shaberman
  • Jack Simcock
  • FN Souza
  • Ian Stephenson
  • Joseph C Tilson

Dates

Enter date here

Winner

Jack Smith with 'Creation and Crucifixion'

Jurors

  • Professor Lawrence Gowing, CBE
  • Eric Newton
  • Sir John Rothenstein, CBE
  • Hugh Scrutton
  • John Berger was prevented from taking part in
    judging owing to illness.