John Moores Painting Prize 2018 is inviting submissions from artists working with paint who live or are professionally-based in the UK. The call for entries has now been extended until 12 noon on Monday 20 November 2017 and the entry fee is £30. All shortlisted works will feature in an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery that will run from July to November 2018.

Selected by a jury comprising Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid, Jenni Lomax, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiaodong, the first prize winner will receive £25,000, a three-month fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University and a solo show at the Walker Art Gallery in 2019. The final prize shortlist will include four awards of £2,500.

Founded in 1957 by Liverpool-based businessman and amateur painter John Moores (of the Littlewoods company) to counter the London-centricity of the UK’s art scene, the prize exhibition now takes place every two years and coincides with the Liverpool Biennial. Many of the prize-winning works feature in the Walker Art Gallery collection.

At 60 years old, it is the longest-running painting prize in the UK, with past alumni including David Hockney, Peter Doig and Sir Peter Blake. Recent first prize winners are Michael Simpson (2016), Rose Wylie (2014), Sarah Pickstone (2012) and Keith Coventry (2010).

a-n is working in partnership with the John Moores Painting Prize 2018.

1. Michael Simpson, Squint (19), 2015. Courtesy: John Moores Painting Prize
2. Rose Wylie, PV Windows and Floorboards, oil on canvas, 2012. Courtesy: John Moores Painting Prize

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