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:



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.
  • 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


Liverpool artist Tabitha Moses was last night 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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