2012 Liverpool Art Prize – The Shortlist


Local artists Alan Dunn, Tomo, Robyn Woolston and The Drawing Paper’s Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney have been revealed as the shortlist for the 2012 Liverpool Art Prize, when it returns for its 5th successive year in 2012.

All four will exhibit their work at Metal, based at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool, from Fri 27 April – Sat 9 June in the hope of winning the prestigious prize, which was established in Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year 2008.


Local artists Alan Dunn, Tomo, Robyn Woolston and The Drawing Paper’s Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney have been revealed as the shortlist for the 2012 Liverpool Art Prize, when it returns for its 5th successive year in 2012.

All four will exhibit their work at Metal, based at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool, from Fri 27 April – Sat 9 June in the hope of winning the prestigious prize, which was established in Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year 2008.

The shortlist was whittled down from the 48 entries received by the organisers following an open call for nominations.  The highly qualified panel of judges, which this year comprises of; Mike Stubbs, CEO and Director of FACT, Laura Davis, Arts Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post, Sook-Kyung Lee, Curator at Tate Liverpool, and last year’s winner artist Markus Soukup, with Ian Jackson of ArtinLiverpool.com  as (non-voting) chair.  The shortlisted artists will need to continue to impress the panel with the work they exhibit in order to win. The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 30 May at which the People’s Choice Award winner will also be revealed.   Further details on what the winners will receive will be released in the New Year.

The shortlist is;

Wallasey-based artist Alan Dunn (http://www.alandunn67.co.uk/)

Alan compiles CDs of artists’ audio works on themes such as the Mersey Tunnels, revolution or numbers, with contributors including Pete Wylie, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Carol Kaye.

Graffiti artist & painter Tomo (http://quangowangism.com/index.htm)

work can be seen as a kind of storytelling through the materials he uses. The work is informed by a strong DIY ethic and he strives to make the best he can with whatever is available, often working with discarded items.

Robyn Woolston (http://www.robynwoolston.com/)

Robyn Woolston’s
practice involves installation, photography, moving image, print and on-line projects.  She is passionate about people, relationships and the way the world works.  This is reflected in her work, which raises questions concerning social, economic and ecological perspectives.

The Drawing Paper (Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney) (http://drawing-paper.tumblr.com/)

Members of the Royal Standard studio, Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney curate, design and publish The Drawing Paper, a not-for-profit, independently published, newspaper-based gallery focussed on contemporary drawing practice. It is distributed freely around selected galleries and establishments in Liverpool, the UK and beyond.  They have published four issues since 2010 and continue to provide a platform for local, Liverpool based artists, exposing their work to a much wider audience, as well as linking other artists up with one another.

The Liverpool Art Prize is a competition of contemporary art, which was inspired by the Turner Prize and began in 2008. It is open to all professional artists based or born in the Liverpool City Region which includes the boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens,  Knowsley, Halton and Sefton.

The Art Prize is organised by Metal at Edge Hill Station where the exhibition of short-listed artists is held. The Prize is co-organised and was conceived by Ian & Minako Jackson, the founders of artinliverpool.com which is now managed by VAiL (Visual Arts In Liverpool)

Previous Liverpool Art Prize winners are Imogen Stidworthy, AL and AL, David Jacques and Marcus Soukup, who is currently exhibiting at the Walker Art Gallery (24 March – 15 July 2012) as part of his prize, in addition to judging the 5th Liverpool Art Prize. 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.  2011 People’s Choice winner James Quin has just finished exhibiting at Metal as part of the Edge Hill Archive project

Ian and Minako Jackson of ArtinLiverpool.com, who conceived of the art prize said “We are thrilled with this exciting shortlist of artists for the fifth Liverpool Art Prize. The panel of judges have gone through a tough selection process to pick 4 artists, consisting of a mix of emerging and established artists.  As in previous years there is an eclectic combination of practices which should make for another fascinating exhibition. We are really looking forward to the exhibition opening in April 2012 at Metal at Edge Hill Station.”

Jenny Porter, Project Manager at Metal and curator of the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition said; “The judges have done an excellent job this year of choosing four diverse and extremely talented artists as finalists for this, the fifth, Liverpool Art Prize.  We’re really excited to be involved again and are working hard to make this year’s prize the centre of a variety of creative activity from Liverpool based artists.  I can’t wait to start working with the artists to see what ideas they’ll have for the buildings at Edge Hill Station.”

See also http://www.metalculture.com and http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/


Nominations for the Liverpool Art Prize 2012 are now CLOSED…

Nominations for the 2012 Liverpool Art Prize open on Monday 5 September 2011 and close on Friday 25 November 2011.


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.

2012 will be the 5th 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 2010- 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 2012 (26th April – 9th June).
  • 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 artistic disciplines.


Artist Link Nominee
Adrian Jeans http://www.thecraftofart.co.uk/ anon
Alan Dunn http://www.alandunn67.co.uk/ Roger Cliffe-Thompson, Rita Griffiths, James Quin
Anna Ketskemety http://www.annaketskemety.com/index.htm Roisin Hyland
Arthur Roberts http://www.looopart.com/ Barbara Jones, Jacqueline Roberts, Jane Hughes
Birgit Deubner http://www.birgitdeubner.com/ Sally Medlyn
Brigitte Jurack http://www.brigittejurack.de/ David Jacques, Bernadette O’Toole, Sara-Jayne Parsons, Dorothea Muecke-Herzberg + 3 anon
Cherie Grist http://www.cheriegrist.com/ Eliza Brittles
Chiz Turnross anon
Claire Weetman http://www.claireweetman.co.uk/ Claire Weetman
Craig Atkinson http://www.craigatkinson.co.uk/ Kevin Hunt
David and Eirin Hallangen-Lake http://www.facebook.com/hallangenarts Kee Garden, Claes Borg, Jeff Greenbank
David Gough http://www.davidgoughart.com/ Emma Gough
David Sinclair David Sinclair
Deborah Jayne Bennett Deborah Moore
Derek Murray & Curtis Watt www.inspiralfilms.co.uk/ Derek Murray
E.Scott Jones Helen Parslew
Helen Louise Stead http://www.thecreativediarist.com/ Helen Louise Stead
Horse (Gary McGarvey) http://www.youresomehorse.com/ http://www.screenadelica.com/ anon
James Tomo http://quangowangism.com/index.htm Priya Sharma, Tony Knox
Jason Thompson http://www.iamjasonthompson.com/ Arthur Roberts
Jemma Egan http://www.jemmaegan.com/ Hannah Jones
John Davies http://www.johndavies.uk.com/ Sally Medlyn
John Hogan http://www.saatchionline.com/johnhogan1969 John Hogan
John O’Shea http://www.fromconcentrate.net/ anon
Jonathan Tooze Ruth Dillon
Julie Dodd http://www.juliedodd.co.uk/ Linda Muat, Carol Ramsay, Alison Bailey Smith, Shaun Dodd
Julieann O’Malley http://vimeo.com/user3545057 anon
Kevin Hunt http://www.kevin-hunt.co.uk/ anon, Andrew Bracey, Anna Francis, Glen Stoker, Michael Aitken
Leo Fitzmaurice http://www.leofitzmaurice.com/ anon, Kevin Hunt
Linny Venables http://www.linnyvenables.co.uk/ Simon Poulter
Madeline Hall http://www.madelinehall.co.uk/ Simon Poulter
Marvin Blair http://www.youtube.com/Bopperblair Marvin Blair, Julie Robertson,  several others
Mike Carney http://mikesstudio.co.uk/drawings/latest-drawings/ anon
Mike Carney & Jon Barraclough (collaboration) http://drawing-paper.tumblr.com/ Emily Speed
Nicki McCubbing http://www.nickimccubbing.com/ anon, Kevin Hunt
Pete Carr http://www.rezzd.com/ http://petecarr.net/ Sam Bytheway
Pete Clarke http://www.peteclarke.org.uk/ Tony Knox
Robyn Woolston http://www.robynwoolston.com Claire Weetman, Carol Ramsay, Becs Andrews, Joe Stathers-Tracey, anon
Ruth Dillon http://www.blurb.com/books/2215939 Tony Knox
Sam Venables http://www.sam-venables.com/ anon
Sean Dagnall http://ichbingen.wordpress.com/ anon
Stephen King http://www.stephenkingphotography.co.uk/ Patrick Fox
STOK http://www.myspace.com/stok_tct/photos Mak Trades
Tabitha Jussa http://www.tabithajussa.com/ Josie Jenkins
Tom Palin http://www.tompalin.co.uk/ Paul Fred Kelly
Tom Ross http://dualitypainter.tumblr.com/ Tom Ross
Tony Knox http://www.tonyknox.org.uk/ Emma Jackson, Nadia Cheung, Simon Curran, Tony Lavender
Wendy Williams http://www.wendycwilliams.co.uk/ Jet Pascua



Markus Soukup Wins the Liverpool Art Prize 2011

Markus Soukup Wins the Liverpool Art Prize 2011
Brendan Lyons is the People’s Choice

At a packed special Awards Ceremony at METAL on Wednesday 1 June 2011, Markus Soukup was presented with the prize of £2000 as winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2011.
Also, after counting the votes cast by visitors to the gallery it was announced that Brendan Lyons was the winner of the £1000 ‘People’s Choice’ prize.
Markus will also have the opportunity to show at the Walker Art Gallery within the next year.
The Exhibition continues at Metal Edge Hill Station until Saturday 11 June 2011

Image: Markus Soukup. Photo c. McCoy Wynne


2011 Liverpool Art Prize Exhibition

Liverpool Art Prize 2011 at Metal, Edge Hill Station. 6 May – 11 June.
The Shortlisted Artists
•    Brendan Lyons (www.brendanlyons.co.uk)
•    Bernadette O’Toole (www.bernadetteo.tumblr.com)
•    Richard Proffitt (www.richardproffitt.co.uk)
•    Markus Soukup (www.thebluecoat.org.uk/gallery/markus-soukup)

Brendan Lyons

Everything exhibited by Brendan is made out of paint alone. If you were to cut a cross-section between any two points of any one painting, it would reveal only paint. The paintings are then fixed to the wall using further paint as an adhesive.  This leaves just one element (paint) attached to the wall.
Through experimentation with the techniques of painting, and the material of artists’ paint itself, Brendan Lyons plays with our traditional acceptance of what makes an artwork.  Art historically painting has always been the most dominant medium for artists, Brendan plays with this obsession by referencing this tradition and its formal elements (such as windows, patterns, grids, rectangles, layers) to investigate how we encounter and perceive the contemporary world.

The paintings replicate what we would normally see in the urban environment, and are often placed directly into this environment.  It is important that they sit convincingly within the contemporary built environment as well as within the gallery; highlighting the duality and the formal boundaries of these spaces. What may appear to be bricks, polythene sheets, staples, various types of tape, floor tiles, builder’s orange safety netting, tarpaulin, sheets of corrugated metal or cardboard, and other urban detritus – are in fact just unsupported paint alone.

Here Brendan has created a site specific installation of his paintings responding to the architectural elements of the space, such as the walkways, windows and safety glass.  The paintings appear to be the remnants of construction or temporary repairs.  Look more closely and you will see that every element of the interventions within the space is made from paint alone.

Bernadette O’Toole

Underpinning and driving Bernadette’s work is a rigorous investigation of spatial relationships within the context of the empty page or blank canvas.  Taking line as her starting point Bernadette constructs highly individual paintings, drawings and installations reflecting her ongoing fascination with the spaces we construct both real and imagined and our relationship to these spaces.  The work seeks to present multiple view points, to suggest infinite possibilities, while drawing attention to the fragility of our constructs: the impermanence of things.

The constructed spaces in the painting are intended to operate on a sensory level, conscious of the observer and the way in which seeing is interchangeable with revelation, or in what Stephan Mallarme described as a “sensory mode of apprehension”. The more recent circular paintings suggest unpopulated landscapes where planes collide and distort giving rise to complex and unstable readings.

In this new series of work created for the Liverpool Art Prize Exhibition the relationship between each of the paintings and the notion of reflection and mirroring become critical to the reading of the work. O’Toole describes these recent paintings as “being inspired by an experience of being in wide open spaces, conscious of the curvature of the earth, of the horizon line, the vanishing point, of being and not being, of slipping off the edge of the world; and the phrases that come to mind: reflected in these moments.”

“Where emptiness matters as much as fullness and reflections have the weight of things”

Stephan Mallarme

“The empty mirror holds an ephemeral form-the root of meaning, held by nothing more than this moment of affect that makes us speechless, that cannot be lost in the network of semantic relationship, the interruption of our inner monologue” – Roland Barthes

Richard Proffitt

Richard Proffitt’s work is inspired by and references spaghetti westerns, ghost towns, American sub-culture, anthropology, ancient civilizations, travellers, den making, folklore and urban myth.  These inspirations become intertwined and their meaning mangled, producing work that is absurd, funny, dark and mysterious. The work will often become realised as make-shift ceremonial relics or ritualistic hang-outs.

For the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition Richard has transformed Edge Hill’s Accumulator Tower into an abandoned shrine that pays homage to phantom obsessions with 50s rock ‘n’ roll, motorcycles and teenage tragedy songs.  In part it is inspired by the Santeria religion found in Cuba which focuses on building relationships between humans and Orisha, powerful mortal spirits, through rituals and animal sacrifices.  Their shrines are often found in abandoned back streets in Cuba and are a strange jumble of found objects, religious iconography, junk and other ephemera.

Richard’s installations could be seen as a collection of fragments from a forgotten culture in a post apocalyptic age, a museum exhibit from the future, formed from the traces of disregarded items and forgotten crazes from our dominant Western culture.  The objects within the installation become removed from their history, origin and belief system and merge together to form a new folklore or a new imaginary anthropology.

“Hopefully my work encourages the viewer to let their imaginations flow for a while.”

Markus Soukup

Markus is interested in how an object, image or moving image can communicate its intended content or expression by still enabling freedom of interpretation on realistic and abstract levels.  His work is situated mainly in the context of installation and the moving image, incorporating video, 2D and 3D animation.  Fascinated by the screen as a window opening up to a virtual space, he searches for a way of incorporating new technologies to install or position ‘situations’ or ‘mental objects’ in both real and virtual spaces.  Other areas of his work are digital photography, typography, graphic and interactive design, field recordings, sound design and electronic

For the Liverpool Art Prize exhibition Markus has produced new work that deals with the construction and deconstruction of film, language and motion.  Through this work he is exploring how one element or its position can influence the whole, and vice versa.  His animation ‘The Masque’ uses words rather than pictures to make us imagine the action suggested on screen.  It makes us see the abstract nature of words, their form and shape and how they relate to one another.  Markus wants us to engage in the art of looking, seeing the screen as something which can reflect our experience of reality.  ‘Relicts’, a series of minimal typographical prints, raises questions about being positioned within the context of technology, society and nature, and the transitional relationships between these things.  In ‘Chair Chair Sit In between’ Markus himself performs, referencing slap-stick and early movie pioneers, yet playing with the language of film and its boundaries, deconstructing the elements to a basic action and reaction in sound and vision.

All photos c. McCoy Wynne