Shortlist named for Liverpool Art Prize

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A piece created by © Tabitha Moses

A piece created by © Tabitha Moses

The artists who have been shortlisted for this year’s Liverpool Art Prize 2013 have been announced.

Merseyside artists Kevin Hunt, Tabitha Moses, Julieann O’Malley and Laurence Payot were chosen from more than 50 applicants for the shortlist of the competition that is now in its sixth year.

From 26th April until 8th June the artists’ work will be displayed at Liverpool Metal Culture in Edge Hill, a residency space for both UK artists and those from abroad.

One of the artists, Julieann O’Malley, creates live performance installations. Kevin Hunt is a sculptor and Tabitha Moses creates photographs and drawings using materials such as old worn or stained fabric, family photos, hair and bones. The work of Laurence Payot produces sculptures and larger collective performances.

On 29th May the winner will be announced for a prize of £2,000 and a chance to display their work at the Walker Art Gallery. Also on this day, the people’s choice award will be announced with a prize of £1,000.

Metal’s Director, Ian Brownbill, told JMU Journalism: “This is the fourth time we are holding the competition and we were asked by the original creators, Ian and Minako Jackson. We’re really pleased because we aim to create a wider platform for the art scene in Liverpool. This year, for the first time we have a performance artist which is really exciting.”

He added: “I think Liverpool’s art scene is really vibrant with people working together and there is always talent emerging.”

Tabitha Moses, a Merseyside artist on the shortlist who lists Vivienne Westwood among her influences, told JMU Journalism: “I’m glad two of my friends Laurence and Kevin have been chosen too for the shortlist and I’m looking forward to meeting Julieann. I’m pleased to be exhibiting with them and I anticipate a good show.

“Of course, I’d like to win either prize – who doesn’t want to be given money and accolades? Mostly, though, I want to make some work that I’m proud of. I see it as an opportunity to manifest some if the ideas floating around in my head. I’m trying to be relaxed and playful about it.”

This year’s judging panel features last year’s Liverpool Art Prize winner, Robyn Woolston, and director of Liverpool Biennial, Sally Tallant.



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