Applications are now open for the 2018 John Moores Painting Prize. Founded in 1957, it is the UK's longest established painting prize. The competition is entered and judged anonymously and open to all UK-based artists working with paint.
The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years. 2018 will mark the art prize’s 60th anniversary and its 30th exhibition. The John Moores Painting Prize 2018 will run from 14 July - 18 November 2018.
Past winners of the art prize include David Hockney (1967), Mary Martin (1969), Peter Doig (1993), Keith Coventry (2010), Sarah Pickstone (2012) and Rose Wylie (2014). Sir Peter Blake, winner of the junior prize in 1961, is Patron of the prize. The winner of the prestigious first prize in 2016 was Michael Simpson with his painting Squint (19).
There is a first prize of £25,000 and four prizes of £2,500. These are awarded by the jury. There is also one Visitors’ Choice prize of £2,018, voted for by visitors to the exhibition at the Walker and awarded towards the end of the exhibition period. All paintings included in the exhibition are eligible. In celebration of their anniversary year, they are also offering an additional award for the first prizewinner – a three month fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University together with an in-focus solo display at the Walker Art Gallery in 2019.
Deadline: Monday 20 November 2017.
More information about the Prize can be found here.