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Since 2008 Liverpool Art Prize has been a core aspect of Liverpool’s art scene, offering artists the opportunity to exhibit their work to a wider public, the Liverpool arts community and gain vital profile across a range of press and media channels.

In 2010 Metal took over the management and strategic direction of the prize and have since hosted five successive years of the competition.  In this time we have successfully enabled a range of artists, born or based in the city, to participate in a strong and lively dialogue with audiences and the wider art world.

While remaining committed to the continued development and profile of Liverpool’s contemporary visual artists, Metal has taken the decision to take a year out from the delivery of the prize to pause and reflect on its strategic direction.  This decision has been taken in order to grow the prize’s profile, enhance the diversity of its participants and audience, as well as the benefits and opportunities available to the shortlisted and winning artists.

Metal will make a further announcement in a year’s time with exciting plans for the future of this prestigious event.

The Liverpool Art Prize offered a series of awards for contemporary visual artists:

The Main Prize – £2000.  Awarded to a winning artist by a panel of expert judges.  Any artist born, living or working in Liverpool or the city regions can be nominated  for this award.  A shortlist is selected to create an exhibition.  The winner is then selected based on the exhibition they put together.

The Peoples Prize – £1000.  Awarded to the shortlisted artists who receives the most votes during the exhibition from the visiting public.

Shanghai Residency Award.   A month long international residency in China hosted through a partnership between Metal and Shanghai Art School. Includes travel costs / accommodation / access to a studio / per diems.  Applications are open to artists from across the North West region of the UK.

Edge Hill Studio Award.    Access to a stunning studio space at Edge Hill Station in Liverpool for one year.  Open for application to any artist working anywhere in the UK.  Edge Hill Station is the oldest passenger railway station in the world.  Built in 1836 the space is an inspiring location for the creation of work.

Winners for 2014 Liverpool Art Prize were:-

Main Prize:     Tabitha Jussa

Peoples Prize:     Tabitha Jussa

Shanghai Residency:     Dinu  Li

Edge Hill Studio Award:     Robert D Davies

The judges for the 2014 Liverpool Art Prize, Main Prize were:-

Pavel Büchler, Czech-born artist, teacher and writer from Manchester

Simon Poulter, new media artist and Metal’s Associate Curator

Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director Tate Liverpool

For further information about the exhibition of 2014 shortlisted artists at Edge Hill Station (May – June 2014) can be found here.


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