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"Call for Artists: John Moores 23 Exhibition of Contemporary Painting"
2004-01-23 until 2004-03-25
National Museums Liverpool
Liverpool, , UK United Kingdom

Britain’s biggest painting competition – the John Moores 23 exhibition of contemporary painting 18 September to 28 November 2004 – has issued its call for entries for what promises to be the most exciting show ever. The colourful, challenging and fun exhibition at the Walker – the highlight of the Liverpool Biennial – is open to all. Everybody from an enthusiastic amateur to a top professional is judged the same - purely on the merits of their work, by a jury who are not told the names of the artists.

Judges will be Contemporary Art Society director Gill Hedley, former John Moores prizewinner Callum Innes and Walker curator of fine art Ann Bukantas. The fourth and fifth judges have yet to be announced. Julian Treuherz, keeper of galleries, says: "There are several changes in the 2004 exhibition which will build on the show’s lasting appeal. The winning painting is no longer a purchase prize, which increases the value of the first prize to the winner. We hope this will encourage more top artists to enter. There will also be a £1000 ‘visitors’ choice’ prize which we think will prove a big hit."

In addition to the first prize of £25,000 there will be four prizes of £2500 each. Initial judging will be by slides – one painting per artist with up to two slides of that painting. This will lead to a short-list of around 500 works which will then be judged by looking at the paintings themselves.

The deadline for artists to register is 25 March 2004 – registration forms can be obtained through www.thewalker.org.uk/johnmoores23 or from the Walker. Slides must be sent in by 1 April 2004. Winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition which runs from 18 September to 28 November 2004. Entries have to be original new or recent paintings within a set size, designed to hang on walls, by someone who lives, or is based, in the United Kingdom. Full conditions are in the entry pack. Littlewoods founder Sir John Moores, a keen painter, started the exhibition in 1957.

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