Thursday, January 03, 2008

John Moores 25 Contemporary Painting Prize

Deadline: 15 February 2008 (RECEIVE)

The John Moores Prize

Contemporary Painting Competition
20 September 2008 to 4 January 2009

The launch of the call for entries this year marks the 50th anniversary of the John Moores prize. First held in 1957, it is the UK's best-known competition for painters and is named after Sir John Moores (1896 - 1993), the founder of the competition. The exhibition is held every two years at the Walker Art Gallery in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust.

Next year the John Moores exhibition coincides with Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture 2008 when it forms a key strand of the well established Liverpool Biennial.

The John Moores exhibition showcases the best new paintings produced in the UK today and attracts a broad spectrum of artists. No preference is given to levels of experience or particular practices of painting. The work is selected anonymously from an open submission by the jury, who also award the main prizes.

The entrant must live, or be professionally based, in the United Kingdom.

Jury 2008

  • Jake and Dinos Chapman, artists
  • Sacha Craddock, art critic / curator
  • Graham Crowley, artist
  • Paul Morrison, artist


The competition has a two-stage entry procedure.

Stage 1 – submission by image (one painting per artist)
Stage 2 - sending in shortlisted paintings for final judging

Key dates

15 February 2008 - Deadline to register
29 February 2008 - Deadline for submission of images
27 to 30 May 2008 - Sending in shortlisted paintings
20 September 2008 to 4 January 2009 - Exhibition


First prize £25000
4 prizes £2500
1 visitors' choice prize £2008

Further information
Conditions of entry
Download registration form (pdf)
Frequently asked questions

Additional Information

Telephone 0151 478 4121

Visit the website:

Online Contact Form: John Moores 25