John Moores exhibition 7


Fact file

  • First prize awarded jointly to two separate artists, Mary Martin and Richard Hamilton.
  • Mary Martin dies suddenly at the same time the Jury are deliberating the awards.
  • Total prize money raised from £4,000 to £6,500
  • No purchase prizes or invited artists.
  • Introduction of a new rule stating entries must be designed to hang on a wall and project no more than six inches from it. Gallery Director Hugh Scrutton comments, "Nobody can say this has any spiritual significance" and describes the six inches as an arbitrary figure.
  • Number of entries: 1,900
  • Number of exhibits: 91

Conditions of entry

Artists working in the UK; oil, emulsion or other accepted modern techniques, designed to hang on a wall and not project more than six inches. Each artist could submit one work, preferably new. Sculpture, kinetics, watercolours and graphic arts excluded.


Main prize:

  • Richard Hamilton and Mary Martin - joint winners, each £2,500

Richard Hamilton's painting 'Toaster' is now in a private collection.

5 prizes of £300:

  • Rasheed Araeen
  • Peter Kinley
  • Robert Owen
  • Tom Phillips
  • David Troostwyk


Enter date here

Joint winners

Richard Hamilton with 'Toaster'

Mary Martin with 'Cross'


  • Hugh Scrutton
  • Robyn Denny
  • Anthony Hill
  • Howard Hodgkin
  • RB Kitaj
  • William Scott
  • Adrian Henri was unable to attend judging.