In 1957 John Moores
(1896 - 1993) sponsored a competition for contemporary artists at
Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery, with the intention of showcasing
the best of new British painting.
The John Moores, as it is always known, has since been held approximately
every two years. It has become one of the most familiar events in
the British art world and now forms one of the four main strands
of the Liverpool Biennial.
The roll-call of past John Moores prizewinners reads like a ‘who’s
who’ of British painting over the past 50 years adding to
this in 2006, Martin won first prize with his oil on canvas, 'Before
The jury included two of the biggest names in British art, conceptual
artist Tracey Emin and Sir Peter Blake. They were joined by former
John Moores' prizewinner Jason Brooks, curator of fine art at the
Walker Art Gallery, Ann Bukantas and Director of Visual Arts at
the British Council, Andrea Rose. with John Moores and, since 1993,
with the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition Trust).
here to read a BBC article covering the story.