2 – 4 November 2012

The future of painting under the spotlight at the Walker Art Gallery

Three days of debate, talks and tours, which interrogate the role of painting in contemporary art takes place at the Walker Art Gallery from 2- 4 November 2012.

Described by 2010 judge, Sir Norman Rosenthal, as ‘the Oscars of the painting world’, the John Moores Painting Prize is the perfect backdrop for a weekend which explores the future of paint.

This year’s winner, Sarah Pickstone, is a special guest over the weekend and will be sharing her thoughts on the John Moores’ role in contemporary painting.

Sarah said: “The John Moores Painting Prize has a different feel to it this year. But perhaps I am a bit biased. Nevertheless I’d say there’s a great range of work in this show, which expands and plays with notions of what painting can be.


“I can’t help thinking about the thematic links and strong connections between all of us – the artists and the audience. That a group of entirely disparate minds can be put together in this coherent, beautiful exhibition is very interesting and quite inspiring really. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I’m looking forward to hearing what people think, both from the panel and the audience.”


Friday 2 November 2012

John Moores Painting Prize: from gallery to studio

1- 3.45

An invaluable afternoon for students, graduates, artists and anyone interested in a career in the arts. Experts from The Royal Standard and National Museums Liverpool lead discussions around preparing an artist’s statement, pricing work and submitting exhibition proposals.

Free limited places available, book at the Walker welcome desk or call 0151 478 4199.

John Moores Painting Prize winner in conversation


A unique opportunity to hear Sarah Pickstone discuss her work and practice with Director of Art Galleries, Sandra Penketh. Her work Stevie Smith and the Willow was selected from more than 3,000 entries, making Sarah the first woman to win the prize in more than 20 years.

Free limited places available, book at the Walker welcome desk or call 0151 478 4199.

Saturday 3 November 2012

Talk: Painting – a dialogue

2- 3.30pm

A panel of artists and curators will critically review the John Moores Painting Prize, past and present, discussing the challenges faced by contemporary painters and the changing role of painting within society. Chaired by Director of Art Galleries, Sandra Penketh, the panel are: lecturer and John Moores 2004 exhibitor, Andrew Bracey; winner of the Northern Art Prize 2011 and John Moores 2004 exhibitor, Leo Fitzmaurice; winner of the John Moores 2012, Sarah Pickstone; prize winner of John Moores 2012, Narbi Price, and curator and artist, Magnus Quaife.

Book at the Walker welcome desk or call 0151 478 4199.

Sunday 4 November 2012

Talk about…John Moores Painting Prize

1-2pm & 3-4pm

How relevant is the John Moores Painting Prize in today’s art world? Does the jury’s choice of winners reflect contemporary art trends and practice? Do you agree with the panel’s selection? Join this informal discussion with art historian Julie Robson.

John Moores Tweet and Meet

2 – 4pm

Calling all @JohnMoores2012 twitter followers! Come and join the #jm2012 team for some tea, cake and lively debate about the future of painting. DM to let us know if you’ll be joining us.

Notes to editors

John Moores Painting Prize facts:

The John Moores Painting Prize is organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust

The John Moores Painting Prize is part of Liverpool Biennial, one of the UK’s largest and most exciting contemporary visual arts events. The 7th Liverpool Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art, takes place from 15 September – 25 November 2012

The John Moores Painting Prize is the UK’s biggest painting prize. The competition is entered anonymously and open to all UK-based artists working with paint

The first prize is £25,000, with four runner-up prizes of £2,500, one of which is sponsored by David M Robinson Ltd and another sponsored by National Museums Liverpool Corporate Members. This year the popular Visitors’ Choice prize, sponsored by Rathbones, will award its winner £2012

Supported by official hotel partner Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool and media partner a-n.

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Other Liverpool Biennial exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool:

Also at the Walker Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Arts Council collection, Madreperlage (15 September – 9 December 2012) by international artist Enrico David has its first show in England, outside London as part of The Arts Council Collection Partnerships supported by Christie’s. Belonging, a new installation by South Yorkshire-based artist Patrick Murphy, made especially for the gallery, will transform its exterior. An intervention relating to the 2 Up, 2 Down Homebaked project by Jeanne van Heeswijk takes place at the Museum of Liverpool, amongst the museum’s displays on labour history. And at World Museum Liverpool Everton Park, a Park for the People shows the vision behind plans to reclaim this historic area of Liverpool.