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.