JM25 Painting Prize – Visitors Choice Closes Soon

Publics last chance to choose their favourite JM25 painting

Sunday 2 November 2008 provides the last chance for visitors to choose their own winner of the John Moores 25 Contemporary Painting Prize.

All 40 of this year’s shortlisted works are currently on display at The Walker Art Gallery and visitors have been invited to make their own decision about which artist should win the JM25 Visitors’ Choice prize of £2008 in celebration of this years Capital of Culture.

To pick your winner fill in a postcard at the Walker Art Gallery explaining what your favourite painting is and why. This is the perfect opportunity to become a member of the jury. By submitting a card you are automatically entered into a free prize draw to win a meal for two at the award-winning Italian restaurant, Filini, based at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Liverpool.

Many have already been captivated by the paintings taking the opportunity to voice their opinions, but every vote counts in an exhibition full of strong contenders. Lisa Bradshaw, John Moores exhibition officer said “This is a great opportunity for people to have their say, and we’ve had a great response already. People seem to be really embracing the fact that whoever wins the prize is completely in their hands. It’s a close competition so every vote counts”

This year the jury picked Peter McDonald’s Fontana as the £25,000 first prize-winner, and Julian Brain’s Special Relativity, Geraint Evans’ An Ornamental Hermit, Grant Foster’s Hero Worship, and Neal Jones’ Bruegel Camp were each the further prizewinners of £2,500. The jury consisted of artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, art critic Sacha Craddock and painters Graham Crowley and Paul Morrison.