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Jury announced for United Kingdom's biggest painting prize
Fiona Banner. Photo: Mischa Haller.

LIVERPOOL.- Call for entries to John Moores Painting Prize 2012 at the Walker Art Gallery. Artists can register for the John Moores Painting Prize 2012 from Monday 3 October 2011. The 2012 prize promises to be more dynamic than ever with a judging panel that consists of practicing artists, critics, curators and cultural commentators.

Judges for this year’s competition are ‘Young British Artist’ Fiona Banner who was born on Merseyside, director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery Iwona Blazwick, Spanish born Angela de la Cruz, a former Turner Prize 2010 nominee, Turner Prize 2011 nominee George Shaw and creative director of the BBC, Alan Yentob.

The John Moores Painting Prize is an open submission competition available to all UK based artists working with paint. Previous winners have included David Hockney, Peter Doig and Lisa Milroy. The 2010 First Prize was won by Keith Coventry.

Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool says: “Not only does the John Moores Painting Prize give contemporary artists the chance to win £25,000 but it also offers the opportunity to display their work at a national gallery, like the Walker Art Gallery. Uniquely it is the only art prize with a sole focus on painting, and has remained the UK's most prestigious painting award for the last 55 years. ”

The final deadline for artists to enter is 20 January 2012. Online registration can be found on and the winners will be announced on 13 September 2012.

First held in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize is the UK's best-known painting competition and is named after Sir John Moores (1896 - 1993), the founder of the prize. The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, which forms a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial.

The John Moores Painting Prize is a partnership between the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust, who continue the philanthropic work of Sir John Moores and the Walker Art Gallery. The prize remains true to its founding principles: to support artists and to bring to Liverpool the best of contemporary painting practice from across the UK.

The prize is open to all painters working in the UK. Works are judged anonymously from an open submission by the jury, who also award the main prizes. It is a democratic selection based entirely on the merits of the work.

The John Moores Painting Prize is organised in partnership with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust and remains true to its founding principles: to support artists and to bring to Liverpool the best contemporary painting from across the UK.

The prize attracts a broad spectrum of artists. Works are selected anonymously from an open submission by the jury, who also award the main prizes. No preference is given to levels of experience or particular practices of painting.

A first prize of £25,000 will be awarded along with four further prizes, each of £2,500. In addition, the winner of the popular Visitors' Choice prize of £2,012, will be announced towards the close of the exhibition.

Entries have to be original, new or recent paintings within a set size, designed to hang on walls, by the artist who lives, or is based, in the United Kingdom. Full conditions of entry are available on the website. Artists can also register by post, registration forms are available at the Walker Art Gallery or can be requested by post.

Last year Keith Coventry won the £25,000 prize with his painting Spectrum Jesus. The four runners up were Philip Diggle - For Your Pleasure, Nick Fox – Metatopia, Nicholas Middleton – Protest, 1st April 2009 and Daniel Sturgis - Still Squallings, each won £2,500. As well as being a runner up, Nicolas Middleton also won the Visitors' Choice award winning £2,010.

Last year, for the first time, the competition was ran internationally in Shanghai. John Moores Painting Prize China 2010 formed part of the Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art of Painting in China and the 5 prizewinners from the Chinese competition were exhibited in the Walker Art Gallery, alongside the UK prizewinners.

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