John Moores Painting Prize

The John Moore Painting Prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting right now.

Supporting artists from all over the UK – whether they’re undiscovered, emerging or established in their careers – the prize provides a platform for artists to inspire, disrupt and challenge the British painting art scene today.


  • The First Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of £25,000 and a solo display at the Walker Art Gallery.
  • There are four further prizes of £2,500 and a Visitors Choice Prize of £2,020.
  • We’re also excited to introduce the Emerging Artist Prize. Not only will the winner receive £2,500, plus premium art materials of the same value, they are also offered a residency and display at Colart along with some mentoring to support their artistic development.

All entries are judged anonymously over a two-stage selection process by our panel of judges. The competition will culminate with an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery.

Key dates for artists

  • Entry deadlines: 17 February – 24 March 2020
  • Stage 2 artists notified: Week commencing 11 May 2020
  • Paintings delivered to depots: 27-30 May 2020
Exhibition artists notified Week commencing 22 June 2020 Collection of paintings from depots 27 June – 30 June 2020 John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition 19 September 2020 – 14 February 2021

Start Date

17th February 2020

Closing Date

24th March 2020