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NEWS: Liverpool Art Prize

The Annual Liverpool Art Prize is back for 2012. Open to artists based or born in the Liverpool City Region and surrounding boroughs, here's the shortlist.

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 or in the surrounding boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley, Halton and Sefton.

 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, as it returns for its 5th successive year in 2012.

All four are exhibiting 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  as 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.   

Ian and Minako Jackson of, 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.”

Find out more about the Liverpool Art Prize here.


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