Discover the best contemporary painting from across the UK in this internationally renowned prize exhibition.
This is the UK's longest-established painting prize, founded in 1957, and open to all UK-based artists working with paint.
The competition culminates in an exhibition held at the Walker Art Gallery every two years, forming a key strand of the Liverpool Biennial. 2018 will mark the prize’s 60th anniversary and its 30th exhibition. Although the appearance of each exhibition changes, the principles remain constant: to support artists and to bring to Liverpool the best contemporary painting from across the UK.
This year's entries deal with a range of subjects from Amazon parcel collection lockers to da Vinci's The Last Supper. Materials as diverse as aluminium, cardboard and compostable food recycling bags have replaced canvas for some artists, and found objects, coins and felt tip used in addition to paint.
Past winners of the art prize include David Hockney (1967), Mary Martin (1969), Peter Doig (1993), Keith Coventry (2010), Sarah Pickstone (2012) and Rose Wylie (2014). The winner of the prestigious first prize in 2016 was Michael Simpson with his painting Squint.