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.

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.

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.

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: