press release

The John Moores competition produces Britain’s leading contemporary painting exhibition.

One of the highlights of Liverpool Biennial, the competition attracts some of the most exciting artists working in Britain today. All entries are viewed and judged anonymously, with each work considered purely on merit without the name of the artist being revealed.

2004 is the biggest and best yet, with 56 exhibits chosen from more than 1900 entries. This year’s jury panel were:

Ann Bukantas – Walker Art Gallery’s curator of fine art Jarvis Cocker – musician and collector of contemporary art Gill Hedley – director of the Contemporary Art Society Callum Innes – artist and former John Moores prizewinner * Gavin Turk – artist

There have been some new and exciting changes to the competition this year.

The first prizewinner collects £25,000, but it is no longer a purchase prize. This means that the artist has not donated the picture to Walker Art Gallery as a condition of the award, increasing the overall value of the prize to the winner. This year's first prizewinner was Alexis Harding for 'Slump/Fear (orange/black)'.

There are four further prizes of £2500 each.

For the first time ever a Visitors’ Choice prize of £1000 has also been awarded. The winning painting is 'Piper at the gates of dawn' by Dominic Shepherd It received 349 public votes out of a total of 3854.

The John Moores 23 exhibition is a collaboration between National Museums Liverpool and the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust. We are pleased to be associated with the Liverpool Biennial.


John Moores 23
associated with the Liverpool Biennial
Jury: Ann Bukantas, Jarvis Cocker, Gill Hedley, Callum Innes, Gavin Turk

mit Peter Davies, Peter Doig, David Hockney, Lisa Milroy, Michael Raedecker ...