Walker Art Gallery: John Moores Prizewinners

Walker Art Gallery: John Moores Prizewinners
Walker Art Gallery: John Moores Prizewinners

Venue: Walker Art Gallery
Dates: 16/12/2017 - 31/03/2018
Times: All Day

John Moores prizewinners

Celebrating 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize

from 16 December 2017

This is a special display celebrating 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize, featuring prizewinning paintings from 1957 onwards. With paintings by artists including Jack Smith, Mary Martin, Peter Doig, Andrzej Jackowski, John Hoyland, Sarah Pickstone, Rose Wylie and Michael Simpson, you’ll get the chance to look through some exciting key moments in British art. The winning works reflect major trends over the last six decades, including ‘Kitchen Sink’ realism, abstraction, pop art and figuration.

All of the artworks on show are from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. They are a legacy of the John Moores Painting Prize exhibitions, which have been held at the gallery almost every two years since 1957. As one of Britain’s first contemporary art prizes, the John Moores Painting Prize has always encouraged progressive artists and continues to embrace the best and most vital artwork being produced throughout the country. Open to artists working in the UK, the paintings and the prize winners are selected by a different jury each year.

John Moores prizewinner on tour

You can now see ‘Peter Getting out of Nick’s Pool’ by David Hockney – which famously won first prize in 1967 – in Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Exhibiting at the Walker Art Gallery in 2017, it has toured to Birmingham as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme.