This is always very exciting. The judges have been in Liverpool the past few days going through the shortlisted works and choosing the winners. We won’t know the results until the exhibition opens on 20 September 2008 at the Walker.
I got the impression the judges had been sat together debating art for too long, they’ve got to know each other very well and although there’d been some heated arguments its mostly friendly banter and some really interesting debate. Our attempt to get a straightforward interview failed miserably.
Judges Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sacha Craddock, Graham Crowley and Paul Morrison have already looked at over 3,000 works and shortlisted to around 150, from which they chose the prizewinners.
Now in its 50th year, this biennial prize is the UK’s largest contemporary painting competition, with a first prize of £25,000. Over the last 50 years, nearly 2,000 artists have exhibited as part of the John Moores Prize, including David Hockney, Peter Doig and Richard Hamilton.