Thursday, February 04, 2010

John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize

Deadline: February 19, 2010 (ONLINE) & (RECEIVE)

John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize

Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool, England
18 September 2010 - 3 January 2011

The John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize is an open competition for artists working with paint which culminates in an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition is open to all artists residing in the UK and showcases the best new painting produced in the UK today, attracting a broad spectrum of artists. Named after its founder, the first John Moores was intended as a one-off, but its great success led to it becoming a biennial event.

The entrant:
Must live or be professionally based in the United Kingdom, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Entrants do not need to have been born in the United Kingdom, but you have a United Kingdom correspondence address, or are based in the UK, you will be eligible to enter.

Must register and pay the entry fee online, by post or in person no later than Friday 19 February 2010. Registration fee: £25

Must adhere to the key dates as follows:

Stage1: Deadline 5 March 2010
Submission of digital image of the painting (one per artist).

Stage 2: Sending in week 17- 21 May 2010
Delivery of shortlisted paintings for final judging.

Exhibition at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool:
18 September 2010 - 3 January 2011

May enter one painting only. The work must be wholly or partly executed in any painted medium and does not necessarily have to be upon canvas. This might include collage or mixed media within the painting but there must be some form of paint within the artwork. There is no minimum or maximum amount of paint that must be used.

Substitutes cannot be accepted.

Undertakes that the work submitted is of his or her own origination, and that he or she holds all moral and intellectual property rights in that work.

Accepts that the images and painting, if shortlisted,are entered at the artist's risk. The entrant must submit the official registration form or the entry will be invalid. The organisers are not liable for any loss or damage incurred to the image or painting, if shortlisted or selected for the exhibition itself.


First prize of £25,000 - This is an outright prize and is no longer a purchase prize.
4 prizes of £2,500
1 visitor’s choice prize of £2,010 - This is awarded towards the end of the exhibition period.

Complete details and forms online at:

John Moores (1896 -1993) was the founder of Littlewoods, a Liverpool-based company. A man of fierce local pride - and a keen amateur painter - he was concerned at London's increasing domination of the national arts scene. He established the event as a competition open to anyone and sponsored the prizes. By the early sixties, the exhibition was regarded as the UK’s leading showcase for avant-garde painting. Many of the prize-winning works were purchased by John Moores and presented to the Walker Art Gallery for its permanent collection. Since John Moores 23, the first prize is no longer a purchase prize. Today, the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust works in partnership with National Museums Liverpool to present the John Moores Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery every two years.