Also showing as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018

John Moores Painting Prize 2018

Photo: Gareth Jones

14 July – 18 November

This year, the John Moores Painting Prize celebrates 60 years as the UK's best known and longest running painting competition. Launched in 1957, it has been won by leading British artists including David Hockney, Peter Doig and Rose Wylie. 60 artists make up the 2018 exhibition, which is filled with works that cover a spectrum of artistic styles, from the realist to surreal. As a snapshot of contemporary painting in Britain, the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 will surprise, engage, puzzle and provoke visitors.

Named after its founder, Sir John Moores (1896-1993), the Prize has always been selected and judged anonymously. This year’s panel included an international cross-section of influential voices from the art world: Monster Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid MBE, Jenni Lomax, Liu Xiaodong, and 1985 first prize winner, Bruce McLean. Disagree with them? Have your say by voting for your favourite painting in the popular Visitors’ Choice award.

The commemorative artwork created for the exhibition is by Sir Peter Blake, Patron of the Prize and winner of the John Moores junior painting prize in 1961.

Also showing until 14 October is an exhibition of early works by Sean Scully, a past prize winner in the John Moores Painting Prize (1972 and 1974).

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