huge, huge! personally, professionally, artistically huge. We’re on the jury for the 2023 John Moores Painting Prize alongside Alexis Harding, Chila Kumari Singh Burman MBE, Claudette Johnson MBE and Yu Hong :D

If you are not familiar, the JMPP is a biennial award for contemporary painting established in 1957 with submissions open to the public. The first prize winner receives Β£25K and a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, and there are other prizes including a residency and visitor’s choice etc.

Applications are being accepted from midday on February 13 and you can find more info out here and see previous exhibitions on Liverpool Museum’s website.

I have a lot to say but all of my thoughts are in the quote I gave for the press release below:


“The White Pube’s Gabrielle de la Puente said: β€œWhen I had free periods in sixth form, my art teacher used to send me to the Walker Art Gallery. I’d sit on my own in the room with the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition and get my arts education directly from all the paintings in there. When I became an art critic, I hoped I would get to be a juror on the prize one day, so this is a bit of a dream come true.”

They continue: β€œWe like that this award is open to everybody, but we hope that those putting themselves forward understand that inclusion or exclusion does not mean a painting is good or bad - it simply speaks to the preferences of the jurors, and who are we anyway? Everybody should paint. There should be more paintings in the world. More art teachers should send students to see paintings exhibitions in free periods. We can’t wait to see what the next John Moores Painting Prize exhibition looks like.””


I am very curious !!!!!

and look >

haha it worked