John Moores Painting Prize Final Judging This Week

Judges Ged Quinn, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Gary Hume and Alison Watt
Judges Ged Quinn, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Gary Hume and Alison Watt

The Judges are in town and around 260 artists are nervously waiting to hear if they have made it through to the final 50 or 60 to be shown in the exhibition this autumn.

We spoke to Liverpool-born artist Ged Quinn who said he’s delighted to be one of the judges and seeing what goes on ‘backstage’ at the Walker (listen to the interview here). Goshka Macuga was missing from today’s photoshoot as she was still travelling to Liverpool.

The shortlist is scheduled to be announced on June 16 – watch this space.

The John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize enters the final stage of judging when the jurors meet in Liverpool this week.

The jurors will view around 260 paintings, which have arrived in the city from across the UK, to make their final selection and choose their prizewinners.

The jurors form a strong team of experience and expertise –

Gary Hume: one of the “Young British Artists”, nominated for the Turner Prize, 1996

Goshka Macuga: contemporary artists nominated for the Turner Prize, 2008

Ged Quinn: Liverpool-born artist, exhibited in the John Moores, 2008

Sir Norman Rosenthal: Royal Academy Exhibitions Secretary for 30 years

Alison Watt: shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize, 2003.


The final shortlist for the UK’s biggest painting competition, goes on display at the Walker Art Gallery from 18 September 2010 to 3 January 2011, forming a key part of the Liverpool Biennial.

The John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize has a reputation for defining the shifts and trends in the most enduring medium of all, paint.

Now, in its 53rd year the competition boasts a roll call of esteemed winners, including David Hockney, Richard Hamilton and Peter Doig, who described winning the John Moores in 1993 as a pivotal moment in his career.

This year the exhibition looks set to once again set the standard for contemporary painting, producing a show which promises to provoke debate and to prove once again painting’s vital role in today’s art scene.

This year, for the first time, a parallel prize will be running in Shanghai. John Moores (Shanghai) Contemporary Painting Prize will form part of the Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art of Painting in China. The prizewinners from the Chinese competition will be exhibited in the Walker Art Gallery, alongside the UK prize winners.

For behind the scenes footage of the stage one judging at Rochelle School go to:

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