September 16


The second of the pre-party events was the prize giving ceremony of the John Moores Painting Prize.  Britain’s most prestigious painting prize is named after   Sir John Moores, noted philanthropist, who established the award in 1957. The winning work and short-listed pieces are exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery as part of the Liverpool Biennial festival of visual art. Previous winners of the award include David Hockney, Richard Hamilton and Peter Doig, while Sir Peter Blake, who won the junior section in 1961, is now the prize’s patron.This year the coveted 25 K (pounds) award went to Sarah Pickstone from Manchester  for a work entitled Stevie Smith and the Willow. A work that bears some resemblances to early Jenny Watson for those who require a suitable descriptor. Probably not what the social secretary would have selected  but an engaging outing nonetheless. Ran into some really great people at this do!

Geoffrey Shaw (judge), one of the lovely organisers, David Broker and Bob Clark

Pat O’Connor (finalist) and Hurvin Anderson (artist)

Matt Welch (finalist)

Anthony Wilkinson (Wilkinson Gallery London), Jane Bustin (finalist), David Gryn (artprojx cinema)

Anthony Reynolds (Anthony Reynolds Gallery London) and Jacqui Davies with excellent painting by Amikam Toren

Bartlomiej Swies and Malgorzata Tracz

Debra Wilson, David Broker and Chiara Williams (WW Gallery London)