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.”

People’s Choice Award in Memory of Liverpool Artist Joe Bampton

The 2013 Liverpool Art Prize, ‘People’s Choice Award’ will be presented in fond memory of the Liverpool artist, Joe Bampton.

Joe who in recent years lived in London, was an accomplished artist, attended Slade School of Fine Art and exhibited in places such as London, Paris and Berlin, as well as the Bridewell & the International exhibition at the CUC in 2008, in Liverpool.  Joe was tragically killed in February of this year in a hot air balloon disaster at Luxur, Egypt, Joe’s partner Zsi also tragically died in the incident.

Joe regularly returned to Liverpool to catch up with friends and spend time with his Mum, Maureen who is known to many lovers of art in Liverpool as the director of the Bluecoat Display Centre, supporting the sale of artist’s work for over 25 years.
Joe would have been very keen to see artists in the city rewarded and for their careers to flourish. We want to honour his memory by presenting this years ‘People’s Choice Award’ in his name.

Metal is very grateful to Maureen Bampton for her kind donation to the Liverpool Art Prize.


Following the success of the inaugural Liverpool Art Month in 2012, this celebration of emerging artistic talent returns this May to showcase the city’s artists. Liverpool Art Month runs alongside the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition period, with a new Art Month Hub Space opening at the Albert Dock at the Grand Hall which also the new home for the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition.

Liverpool Art Prize exhibition, managed by Metal, opens in its new home of the Grand Hall, Albert Dock this Friday, 26 April with Liverpool Art Month kicking off on 1 May. Both will then run until 8 June.

Liverpool Art Month provides a programme of events and exhibitions, spread across a number of exciting and undiscovered locations in association with the city’s leading independent arts organisations, studio groups and artists networks including Arena Studios and Gallery, Bridewell Studios and Gallery, Dot-Art, Redwire Studios, The Royal Standard, Wolstenholme Creative Space, Matt Ford Studio, Mello Mello and POST Female Artists Network.
The network of artists and gallery spaces is hoping to attract the country’s art lovers to Liverpool city centre to see the Liverpool Art Prize alongside the creative emerging talent found in the independent Liverpool Art Month venues. The Art Month Hub Space at the Albert Dock will provide information about the Art Month programme of events and exhibitions at participating venues and display artwork for sale through an online auction in an exciting new crowd funding initiative. Artists in association with the Art Month have made original artworks based on the Art Month logo, with the exhibition itself titled ‘Making Shapes’. More information about the online auction can be found on the Liverpool Art Month website
Visitors will also be able to pick up a copy of edition No.4 of Trading Station, ‘Outcome Consequence/Effect’ or a Limited Edition series of all the Trading Station Newspapers by the POST artists group.
The 2013 Art Month kicks off with previews of the exhibitions Landscape 2013 at the Corke Gallery on Wednesday 1st May, The Drifters Escape at Bridewell Studios and Gallery on Thursday 2nd May and Living Artefacts at Mello Mello on Friday 3rd May. Visitors will be invited to discover these independent venues and the local talent showcased in these exhibitions. The Walker Art Gallery will be showing Strangers in a Strange Land by last year’s Liverpool Art Prize winner, Robyn Woolston, which has been on show since 23rd March and will continue throughout May until 23rd June. There will be a talk by the Artist at the Walker Gallery on Saturday 11th May at 1pm.

Arena Studios and Gallery will host its 11th Annual Auction with established and newly emerging artists from a diverse range of disciplines submitting work to be sold at auction in Elevator Café Bar, Parliament Street, on Friday 3rd May. Arena promises an exciting auction night with an electric atmosphere, as the bids rise higher and higher. The artwork up for Auction will be on show in the Elevator Café from Monday 29th April. On Auction night, registration starts from 5pm with the Auction kicking off at 7pm. The programme at Arena Studios and Gallery continues with Something to do with Death, a congregation of dark drawings by Paul Bywater, at Arena Studios and Gallery, which can be previewed on 9th May and continues until Sunday 9th June.
Further exhibitions in the Art Month programme will open on 17th May in association with Light Night Liverpool. For one night only on Light Night visitors to the Matt Ford Studio can enjoy the Lowe Photo Booth Project, providing the opportunity to visit the studio and be part of a live interactive photography event. An exhibition at Matt Ford Studio, of work by photographer/artists Matt Ford and Lu Lowe will continue throughout Art Month. Also on 17 May, Bridewell Studios and Gallery opens with Possible Impossibilities, a selection of drawings and drawing practices by Liverpool artists from an open submission opportunity. The exhibition will include performance, workshops and interventions, continuing until Friday 31st May. The Royal Standard previews the exhibition Black Sun Horizon, a group show exploring the roots of contemporary boredom curated by Dave Evans, which will be open until Sunday 2nd June. Wolstenholme Creative Space presents Liverpool, Unfinished; an evocative photography series of colour portraits and landscapes of Merseyside during the 1980’s by Rob Bremner in conjunction with Look 13 (Liverpool International Photography Festival) on show at Drop the Dumbells until Sunday 2nd June. Arena Studios and Gallery will be providing Open Studios with a twist and Breeze Studios will also be hosting an Open Studios event including performance and exhibition Breeze Bonanza. Mello Mello will be open for Of Time and Place – Futures Lost and Found, a 3D Video Projection Mapping Installation.
The Art Month continues with Red Wire Studio group presenting Open Studios on Tues 21st May – Wed 29th May, with an open evening on Friday 24th May with food, drinks and live local bands. On Thursday 23rd May there will also be the opportunity to see the LJMU School of Art and Design final degree show at the Art and Design Academy (ADA), on Duckinfield Street (next to the Catholic Cathedral). The Degree show is then open from Friday 24th May—Saturday 1st June for further viewing.
The final weekend in May will feature the inaugural Liverpool Art Fair (, organised by Dot-Art, an exciting open submission selling event over five days, connecting local artists with new art buyers on a large scale and making affordable art accessible to all. It will take place across two large exhibition spaces in the popular venue, Camp and Furnace in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle; launching on the evening of Thursday 23rd May, and open to the public from 11am – 6pm, from Friday 24th May – Monday 27th May

During Liverpool Art Month visitors are welcome to discover the participating venues in a guided Bus Tour around the city every Saturday. Bus Tours run from the Liverpool Art Month Hub Space, leaving at 1pm. Tickets are £4 and it is recommended that you book in advance through Eventbrite:

The Art Month is also offering a free informal discussion and tour of the Liverpool Art Prize Exhibition at the Albert Dock, every Wednesday throughout May from 1pm – 2pm.

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In the wake of the announcement of the 4 talented local artists who have been shortlisted for Liverpool Art Prize 2013, the prize’s organisers Metal can now reveal that this year’s exhibition of finalists’ work will move into Liverpool City Centre for the very first time in the competition’s 6-year history.

The 2013 Liverpool Art Prize Exhibition will be housed in the Grand Hall at Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock – which this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of its official reopening – from Friday 26 April until Saturday 8 June.

The shortlist which comprises local artists Kevin Hunt, Tabitha Moses, Juliann O’Malley and Laurence Payot 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). The shortlisted artists will need to continue to impress the panel with the work they exhibit at the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition in order to win. The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 29 May at which the People’s Choice Award winner will also be revealed.   The overall winner of the Liverpool Art Prize will receive £2000 and be offered a show at The Walker Art Gallery during the ensuing 12 month period. A People’s Choice Award winner, determined by a public vote from visitors to the exhibition, will receive £1000.

Jenny Porter, Project Manager at Metal said: “We’re really excited to be working with the Albert Dock bringing the Art Prize into this great location.  It’s very special to make this happen in the 25th anniversary since the regeneration of the docks began.”

The Liverpool Art Prize 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.

Previous Liverpool Art Prize winners are Robyn Woolston, Imogen Stidworthy, AL and AL, David Jacques and Marcus Soukup who exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery as part of his prize in 2012.The previous People’s Choice winners are James Quin, Brendan Lyons, The Singh Twins and Elizabeth Willow, who have also gone on to achieve great respect within the industry.   Robyn Woolston, last year’s winner, will present her exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, from Saturday 23rd March.

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 the Arena Art Auction, ‘The Drifter’s Escape’ exhibition at the Bridewell featuring work inspired by the music of Bob Dylan, and the Lowe Photo Booth project at Matt Ford Studio for Light Night, amongst many other exciting events involving local artists throughout the month of May.

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Local artists Kevin Hunt, Tabitha Moses, Julieann O’Malley and Laurence Payot have been revealed as the shortlist for the 2013 Liverpool Art Prize as it returns for its 6th successive year.

All four will exhibit their work in Liverpool from Friday 26 April – Sat 8 June (PV Thursday 25 April) in the hope of winning the prestigious prize, which was established in Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year 2008. The Liverpool Art Prize was founded by Art In Liverpool’s Ian and Minako Jackson and is now managed by Metal.

The shortlist was whittled down from the 52 entries received by the organisers, 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). The shortlisted artists will need to continue to impress the panel with the work they exhibit at the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition in order to win. The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 29 May at which the People’s Choice Award winner will also be revealed. The overall winner of the Liverpool Art Prize will receive £2000 and will also be offered a show at The Walker Art Gallery at some point during the ensuing 12 month period. The People’s Choice Award winner, determined by a public vote from visitors to the exhibition, will receive £1000.

About the shortlisted artists:
Julieann O’Malley is an interdisciplinary artist based in Liverpool. Her practice is fundamentally live durational performance installations, video work, sound and photography.

Kevin Hunt is a sculptor based at Liverpool’s The Royal Standard concurrently working on a number of curatorial projects alongside his practice as an artist. He constructs sculpture utilising the found and redundant, reconfiguring these things to expose an inherent beauty, playfully tampering with the poetics of found form.

Laurence Payot infiltrates our everyday to create short-circuits and challenge our pre-conceived perceptions. From interventions and sculptures in the public realm, to larger collective performances, she generously invites the viewers to become active participants, blurring the line between the work and its audience. Laurence has been based at The Royal Standard for the last 8 years, and is originally from Metz, France.

Tabitha Moses lives in Liverpool and is based at Bridewell Studios. Her work concerns the tangible expression of human experience. Her subjects include murder, bodies, skin and Blackpool.

Nominations Open and Judges Announced for the Liverpool Art Prize 2013

LAP logoFollowing the success of last year’s competition, Metal is proud to announce that the nominations are now open for the Liverpool Art Prize 2013.

Entering its sixth year, the annual competition for artists born or based in the Liverpool City Region is exhibited, administered and managed by Metal at Edge Hill Station. The prize of £2000 pounds is awarded to the winning artist, as well as an invitation for a solo exhibition at The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. The winner of the People’s choice award decided on by the public voting at the gallery will be awarded with £1000.

Last year’s judging panel, composed of Sook-Kyung Lee (Curator Tate Liverpool), Mike Stubbs (CEO and Director FACT), Laura Davis (Arts Editor Liverpool Daily Post) and Markus Soukup (Digital artist and winner of Liverpool Art Prize 2011) had a task of choosing between the four shortlisted artists: Wallasey based audio and installation Alan Dunn, graffiti artist and painter Tomo, Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney from The Drawing Paper, and filmmaker and installation artist Robyn Woolston.

The overall award went to Robyn Woolston whose outstanding piece, representing a dead
tree surrounded by a sea of plastic forks and spoons made a strong statement about man’s treatment of environment. Visitors to Metal at Edge Hill Station also voted on their favourite works, awarding the £1000 People’s Choice Award to Tomo.

Joining the 2013 judging panel of Liverpool Art Prize 2013 are Tim Etchells, Sally Tallant, Robyn Woolston and Laura Davis.

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment. He is currently Professor of Performance at Sheffield University.

Sally Tallant is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Liverpool Biennial and a former Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London. She has curated and organised exhibitions, performances, sound events, film programmes and conferences in a wide range of contexts including the Hayward Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions. She is a Trustee of the Chisenhale Gallery and Raking Leaves, the External Examiner for MA Fine Art at Central St Martins.

Laura Davis, who will once again be joining the Liverpool Art Prize judging panel, is an Arts Editor at Liverpool Daily Post. With her “finger on the pulse” of Liverpool arts, she covers theatre, music, dance and the visual arts in Merseyside and beyond.

Robyn Woolston, Winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2012 is a Liverpool-based artist and
filmmaker whose practice reveals structures and raises questions concerning social, economic and ecological perspectives. Her processes involve Installation, photography, moving image, print and online projects. As a Producer her practice also covers Curating, Research & Development.

They will decide on the four shortlisted artists that will exhibit next year following an open call for nominations. Please visit before Friday 21st
December 2012 to cast your vote! founded the Liverpool Art Prize in early 2008, inspired by the Turner Prize coming to Liverpool in the Capital of Culture year. The Art Prize is now a firmly established part of Liverpool’s annual arts diary, acknowledging the outstanding achievements of local artists and their contribution to contemporary art. It aims to promote national awareness and discussion of contemporary art in the city and to support individual artists in developing their practice.

The Prize has continually attracted sponsors from the local business community. The sponsors of Liverpool Art Prize 2012 included: ABW Architects, Bill Elms, Duncan Sheard Glass, The Gallery Liverpool, UHC (Ultimate Holding Company), Barefoot Wines and McCoy Wynne Photography.

We are always interested to find more local businesses to help support and grow the prize. Please contact 0151 707 2277 for further details.

With local artists generating such a buzz inside the region and beyond it, the Liverpool Arts Prize also grows in significance, shedding light on the vitality of artistic work made in the Liverpool City region, supporting and honouring its artists. So keep your eyes on the new nominations and date announcements for 2013.
Deadline for nominations Friday 21st December 2012.

Nominate for the Liverpool Art Prize 2013

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Nominations for the 2013 Liverpool Art Prize open on Monday 17 September 2012 and close on Friday 21 December 2012.


(See the NOMINATIONS received so far)

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.

2013 will be the 6th Liverpool Art Prize. The exhibition of 4 shortlisted artists will take place at Metal at Edge Hill Station.

Please read the guidelines before making your nominations:

  • You can nominate yourself.
  • You can nominate up to three artists.
  • The artists needs to be born in OR currently based in Liverpool City Region (this includes the boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and Sefton)
  • The artist needs to have exhibited or realised a project or piece of work in the previous year (June 2011- Present) and there needs to be evidence of this online in order to complete your nomination.
  • Artists who have been shortlisted for the prize in the previous two years are not legible for the prize.
  • Artists will need to be available to exhibit as part of the Liverpool Art Prize 2013 (Dates to be confirmed, late April to Early June 2013).
  • Nominated artists need to have made a demonstrable contribution or impact on the Liverpool art scene and to have developed a unique and individual art practice.
  • Nominations are accepted from all visual art disciplines.


Nominee Web Address Nominated by (if individuals have approved to their nomination being public)
1 Silent Bill
2 Phil Disley Colin Flewitt
3 Leo Fitzmaurice
4 Madeline Hall Emily Speed
5 Kevin Hunt Emily Speed
6 Naïve John
7 Michael Lacey
8 Alice Rhenna Lenkiewicz Alice Lenkiewicz
9 Bob Moyler Jessie Blindell Laurence Payot
10 Egle Meistaite Meike Holzmann
11 Julie-Ann O’Malley
12 Deborah Palmer Deborah palmer
13 Laurence Payot Ailie Rutherford
Becs Andrews
Lex WardEmily Speed
14 Carol Ramsey Pamela Sullivan
15 Daniel Simpkins & Penny Whitehead Mike Aitken
16 Jordan L. Rodgers Lucy Cable
17 Ailie Rutherford Laurence Payot
18 Jason Thompson Nathan Pendlebury Kevin Hunt
19 Sam Venables Kevin Hunt
20 Matt Welch Kevin Hunt
21 Emma Gregory Sara-Jayne Parsons
22 Brigitte Jurack Rita Griffiths
Roxy Walsh
Beate Maria Wörz
23 Mike Aitken Rose Parish
24 Terry Hayes
Joseph Goodwin
Gary Hunt
John Pearce
Joe Murtagh
Jo Smith
Mark Tanner
Rosanna Wright
Paul McNally
Melanie Todd
John Scarrott
Cath Jones
Claire Duchesne Bitton
Angela Burke
Justin Bennett
Tania Freimuth
Anna Crowe
Mally Smith
Lorna Aston
Joanne Jones
Russell Jones
Justine Reilly
Anthony Brown
Peter Elston
Carl Ryan
Rachael cross
Louise McCoosh
Paul Burns
25 Nicki McCubbing
26 Sean Dagnall Emily Harris
27 Alan Williams
28 Michelle Howarth-Rashman Barbara Harrison
29 Gordon Lavender Jill Ambage
Gordon Lavender
30 Even Tomo
31 Matthew Lloyd John Patton
Jensen Wilder
32 Jason Paul Wood Jason Paul Wood
Jamie Lloyd
Kenya Ray
Holly Tommasini
33 Ria Fell Lesley Taker
Ella Perry
34 Gerard Fleming Gerard Fleming
35 Chiz Turnross Josie Jenkins
36 Adrian Jeans
37 Josie Jenkins
38 Tony Knox Anna McDade
39 Louise Pallister Vicky West
40 Sam Meech Tom Smith
41 Alastair Eilbeck Alastair Eilbeck
42 Wendy Williams Theresia Cadwallader
43 Oliver Walker
44 John Davies
45 Richard Meaghan Ian Stopforth
46 Tabitha Moses Tabitha Moses
47 Amanda Oliphant Mandy
48 Pete Clarke
Geoff Molyneux
49 Hannah Bitowski
Sam Venables
50 C A Halpin
Michele Howarth Rashman
51 Gary Sollars
Tony Knox
52 Jacqui Chapman
Theresia Cadwallader

Albert Dock


Albert Dock houses many of Liverpool’s most popular tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, boats and tours, and is the most popular free tourist attraction in the Northwest. Situated in the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the UK, the Dock is the home of Tate Liverpool, the award-winning Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum, and the starting point for a number of tours, including a city and water tour on The Yellow Duckmarine. It also houses a great selection of bars and restaurants, including Revolution, What’s Cooking?, CircoBlueGustoPanAm Bar and RestaurantMiller and Carter SteakhouseVinea and the Spice Lounge.