Liverpool Art Prize

Since 2008 Liverpool Art Prize has been a core aspect of Liverpool’s art scene, offering artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to a wider public, the Liverpool arts community and gain vital profile across a range of press and media channels.

In 2010 Metal took over the management and strategic direction of the prize and have since hosted five successive years of the competition.  In this time we have successfully enabled a range of artists, born or based in the city, to participate in a strong and lively dialogue with audiences and the wider art world.

While remaining committed to the continued development and profile of Liverpool’s contemporary visual artists, Metal has taken the decision to take a year out from the delivery of the prize to pause and reflect on its strategic direction.  This decision has been taken in order to grow the prize’s profile, enhance the diversity of its participants and audience, as well as the benefits and opportunities available to the shortlisted and winning artists.

Metal will make a further announcement in a year’s time with exciting plans for the future of this prestigious event.

Tabitha Jussa Wins the Liverpool Art Prize and People’s Choice

Tabitha Jussa - photo by McCoy Wynne

Tabitha Jussa – photo by McCoy Wynne

Tabitha Jussa was announced as the winner of the 2014 Liverpool Art Prize at a special awards ceremony at Edge Hill Station, collecting the main prize which includes £2000 and an invitation to create a solo exhibition at the Bluecoat in 2015. Work from Tabitha and the other two finalists Brigitte Jurack and Jason Thompson, have been on display since 9 May and the exhibition runs until Saturday 21 June.

The shortlist and main prize winner were decided by a highly qualified panel of judges which includes Pavel Büchler, a Czech-born, UK-based artist, teacher and occasional writer, Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool and Simon Poulter, new media artist and Metal’s Associate Curator.

Tabitha’s socio-political photographic work has captured match-day crowds and abandoned social housing estates. Her recent large–scale compositions examine whether physical spaces and buildings define who we are. Her entry built upon this body of work by examining high profile, controversial examples of regeneration projects to highlight the triumphs, failures and short sightedness within society of the treatment of people and place.

Tabitha Jussa said: “I have always been a supporter of the Art Prize since its initial conception. It was an amazing honour to simply be nominated, but to actually win it is an incredible feeling and I can’t quite believe it. I feel very proud that photography can sit aside other traditional art forms such as sculpture and paintings

For the second year running the main prize winner has also matched the choice of the public as Tabitha also won this year’s People’s Choice Award, which comes with a prize of £1000.

There were other prizes up for grabs at last night’s ceremony as the winners of the two residency opportunities were also announced; Robert D Davies was the lucky recipient of the yearlong residency at Metal and Dinu Li won the month-long residency to China in partnership with Shanghai Art School.

Previous Liverpool Art Prize winners are Tabitha Moses, Robyn Woolston, Imogen Stidworthy, AL and AL, David Jacques and Marcus Soukup. The previous People’s Choice winners are Tabitha Moses, James Quin, Brendan Lyons, The Singh Twins and Elizabeth Willow, who have also gone on to achieve great respect within the industry. Last year Tabitha Moses became the first artist to win both the People’s Choice and the overall prize in the same year. She will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the Walker Art Gallery during 2014.

More information can also be found at  www.metalculture.com

Liverpool Art Prize 2014 Opens at Metal on 9 May

On Friday 9 May 2014 the Liverpool Art Prize will once again return to the city for its 7th successive year.
Viewing: Thursday 8 May. 18-21.00
Exhibition: at Metal at Edge Hill Station. Friday 9 May to Saturday 21 June 2014.
Awards Ceremony: Wednesday 18 June 18-20.00
Entrance is FREE. Open Thursday – Saturday 11.00 – 17.00.
Viewings, group tours and workshops can also be made by calling [0151] 7072277 or emailing edgehill@metalculture.com Entrance on platform one

Managed by Metal, the Art Prize celebrates and nurtures the creative talent of artists based or born in the Liverpool region and this year 3 lucky entrants have been successfully shortlisted as finalists. The exhibition runs for 6 weeks between 9 May – 21 June and returns to its original home at Edge Hill Station for 2014, after moving to the City Centre in 2013 as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the historic Albert Dock. This year Metal are delighted to present the work of three artists, Brigitte Jurack, Tabitha Jussa and Jason Thompson, to coincide with the International Festival of Business’ Cultural Programme, IFB Culture. Each of the artists have created new work in response to being shortlisted for the prize.

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Brigitte Jurack – photo by McCoy-Wynne

Wirral based Brigitte Jurack’s sculptures and installations seek to trigger memories of being, in place and in time. For her entry she has prepared a new body of work named ‘The Explorers Are Gone for Tea’. In this work, her interest in orienteering, map reading, interpretation and re-evaluation will be played out.

Tabitha Jussa - photo by McCoy-Wynne

Tabitha Jussa – photo by McCoy-Wynne

Tabitha Jussa’s socio-political photographic work has captured match-day crowds and abandoned social housing estates. Her recent large–scale compositions examine whether physical spaces and buildings define who we are. Her entry intends to build upon this body of work by examining how other UK councils have dealt with mass displacement and empty housing with a view to a comparison between the UK, Europe and the rest of the globe.

Jason Thompson - phot by McCoy-Wynne

Jason Thompson – photo by McCoy-Wynne

The final entry, Jason Thompson‘s paintings take inspiration from mechanical, botanical and anatomical diagrams. Their repetitive patterns are made by copying, mirroring and or echoing other parts. Structures are formed by this feedback process and it is as though the painting begins to paint itself, like a natural evolutionary process.

They will each be competing for the coveted main prize of £2000 and an invitation to create a solo exhibition at the Bluecoat in 2015, with the winner being selected by a panel of expert judges – Pavel Büchler, a Czech-born, UK-based artist, teacher and occasional writer, Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool and Simon Poulter, new media artist and Metal’s Associate Curator.

Visitors will also get the chance to vote for their favourite piece resulting in a People’s Choice Award of £1000. There will be a special awards ceremony on 18th June announcing the winners.

Jenny Porter, Project Manager at Metal Liverpool said: “The Liverpool Art Prize and Liverpool Art Month provide a platform for local artists to showcase their work, demonstrating the wealth of creative talent in the city. It is crucial to continue to support our creative communities and the Liverpool Art Prize is one way of recognising these talents while offering audiences an insight into the creative practices of people living and working here.”

Last year Tabitha Moses became the first artist to win both the People’s Choice and the overall prize in the same year. She will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the Walker Art Gallery during 2014.

Metal are also delighted to announce a fantastic opportunity for artists to win residency opportunities , the first being a yearlong studio residency at Metal’s Edge Hill Station open to any UK based artist. The second, a month-long residency to China in partnership with Shanghai Art School which is open to any North-West based artist. The closing date for both applications to be considered is 9th June and the lucky winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 18th June. Application details are available on Metal’s website: www.metalculture.com

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events and exhibitions happening in and around the city centre programmed by a consortium of the city’s studio groups and independent arts organisations for Liverpool Art Month. This year’s highlights include Movie Cars Exhibition by Mark Harrison and 104 Duke Street Studio’s proudly showcase its residing Artists’ individual projects in the studio’s debut exhibition, amongst many other exciting events involving local artists.

Shortlist Announced for the Liverpool Art Prize 2014

Metal are pleased to announce the shortlist for the seventh annual Liverpool Art Prize; local artists Brigitte Jurack, Tabitha Jussa and Jason Thompson.

The Liverpool Art Prize has been successfully awarding the city region’s most exciting and inspiring contemporary visual artists for the past seven years. The exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ work will take place in Liverpool during May and June 2014, to coincide with the International Festival of Business. The artists will compete for the £2000 cash prize announced at an Awards Ceremony in June. A new partnership with the Bluecoat will invite the winning artist to present a solo show in their Vide space in 2015. The People’s Choice award of £1000 is selected by a public vote taken at the gallery.

Last year Tabitha Moses became the first artist to win both the People’s Choice and the overall prize in the same year. She will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the Walker Art Gallery during 2014.

The judges considered the work of 53 artists, born or currently based in Liverpool City Region, who put forward their work following an open nomination process. Pavel Büchler, a Czech-born, UK-based artist, teacher and occasional writer, Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool and Simon Poulter, new media artist and Metal’s Associate Curator were unanimous in deciding to shortlist these three outstanding artists.

Wirral based Brigitte Jurack’s sculptures and installations seek to trigger memories of being, in place and in time. Recent sculptures and photographs celebrate play and include a new public artwork for Wallasey’s Central Park. She is one of the founding members of Foreign Investment, an artists’ collective that has performed and exhibited widely since its inauguration in 1996. www.brigittejurack.de

Tabitha Jussa’s socio-political photographic work has captured match-day crowds and abandoned social housing estates. Her recent large–scale compositions examine whether physical spaces and buildings define who we are. www.san-guine.com

Jason Thompson‘s paintings take inspiration from mechanical, botanical and anatomical diagrams. Their repetitive patterns are made by copying, mirroring and echoing other parts. Structures are formed by this feedback process and it is as though the painting begins to paint itself, like a natural evolutionary process. www.iamjasonthompson.com

Nominations were open to any contemporary visual artist based in or born in Liverpool City Region (including the boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) and the shortlist was decided by considering the contribution or impact they have made to the local, national or international art scene.

Jenny Porter, Metal’s Project Manager and curator of the Liverpool Art Prize, said: ‘The Liverpool Art Prize continues to celebrate the talent and creativity of the city and it’s always a pleasure to acknowledge the hard work of artists who may not always be known by people who live and work here. We’re really excited to be presenting the work of this year’s shortlisted artists and we look forward to announcing the winner in June.’

More opportunities for artists will be announced later in the year as part of the Liverpool Art Prize, including the Metal International Exchange residency to Shanghai and the Metal Studio Award. Read about Nicola Dale who recently returned from Shanghai as part of last year’s awards here: http://www.metalculture.com/latest-news/nicola-dale.html

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Call out for Nominations for Liverpool Art Prize 2014

The Liverpool Art Prize is a competition of contemporary art open to professional artists based in or born in the Liverpool City Region of the United Kingdom.

2014 will be the 7th Liverpool Art Prize. The competition is administered and managed by Metal at Edge Hill Station.
The prize of £2000 pounds is awarded to the winning artist. The winner of the People’s choice award decided on by the public voting at the gallery will be awarded with £1000.
Nominations close at midnight on Friday 1st November.
The nomination process is slightly different this year.  We will follow up each nomination by requesting further information from each artist, including Artist Statement, CV, and a selection of 5 images.  Where possible please check with the artists before making your nomination. CLICK HERE FOR NOMINATION FORM PAGE.
Guidelines:
  • You must be a practicing visual artist born in OR currently based in Liverpool City Region (this includes the boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and Sefton)
  • You can nominate yourself
  • The artist needs to have exhibited or realised a project or piece of work in the previous year (June 2012- Present), we’ll ask for some evidence of this later in the nomination process
  • Artists who have been shortlisted for the prize in the previous two years are disqualified from the prize.
  • Artists will need to be available to exhibit as part of the Liverpool Art Prize 2014 (late April to Early June 2014, exact dates to be confirmed).
  • Nominations are welcome from emerging or established artists but nominated artists need to have made a demonstrable contribution or impact on the art scene and to have developed a unique and individual art practice.
  • Nominations are accepted from all visual art disciplines (sculpture/painting/performance/installation/film etc).
The judges for this year are:
Pavel Büchler, Czech-born artist, teacher and occasional writer from Manchester
Laura Davis, Arts Editor for the Liverpool Post
Jude Kelly, OBE founder and Chair of Metal, Artistic Director at the Southbank Centre.
Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director Tate Liverpool

TABITHA MOSES WINS LIVERPOOL ART PRIZE 2013

Liverpool artist Tabitha Moses has been named as the winner of the 2013 Liverpool Art Prize in an award ceremony at the Grand Hall at the city’s Albert Dock, where work from Tabitha and 3 other shortlisted artists, Julieann O’Malley, Laurence Payot and Kevin Hunt has been on display since 26 April. The exhibition will continue to run until Saturday 8 June.

The Liverpool Art Prize, managed by the city’s Metal gallery, is a competition of contemporary art, which was inspired by the Turner Prize coming to Liverpool during the Capital of Culture year in 2008. It is open to all professional artists based or born in Liverpool City Region, including the surrounding boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and Sefton.

The shortlist and main prize was decided by a highly qualified panel of judges, which comprises Sally Tallant (Director of Liverpool Biennial), Tim Etchells (multi-disciplinary artist), Laura Davis (Arts Editor, Liverpool Daily Post) and Robyn Woolston (Artist and winner of Liverpool Art Prize 2012).

Robyn Woolston said: “Judging has provided a fascinating journey over the past year, marking a transition from entrant to evaluator. Primarily it’s provided the opportunity to consider deeply the contribution made across outputs, practices and presentations from each of the short-listed artists. It has been a privilege and an education.”

In addition to the main prize, Tabitha Moses also won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which this year was dedicated to Liverpool artist Joe Bampton who sadly passed away in February 2013. This is the first time in the history of Liverpool Art Prize that one of the 4 shortlisted artists has won both the Main Prize and the People’s Choice Award.

Tabitha Moses is interested in the meanings and possibilities of materials. Although fabric and stitch are central to her practice, her works take many forms. Craft processes combine with conceptual rigour and emotional depth in response to people, places, spaces and things. Tabitha was born in Liverpool and spent the 1970s making things and reading stories. After studying embroidery she worked for 8 years in film and TV costume before gaining her MA in textiles beginning to practice as an artist.

As the overall winner of the Liverpool Art Prize Tabitha will receive £2,000. She will also receive £1,000 as her prize for winning the People’s Choice Award.

Tabitha Moses said: “I can’t quite believe I’ve won! This is the first time I’ve ever created work that directly references my own personal experiences, and I’m very glad that I did. I would urge all Liverpool artists to apply for the prize in future as it’s an amazing experience.”