Second Stage, John Moore's Painting Prize, 2016
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Like many artists I have submitted to a number of open calls, and like many artists as much as there is a hope there is also a pragmatic side that indicates that one's work will be rejected. I submitted to the prestigious John Moore's painting prize in November 2015. Only one work could be entered. The only information at this stage was my name, address, contact details, an image of my work, the media and the dimensions. There were thousands of entries judged by:
Gillian Carnegie, Richard Davey, Ansel Krut, Phoebe Unwin and Ding Yi
I received notification that I was through to the second stage a week ahead of the specified time frame. Coincidently this collided with Holocaust Remembrance Day in the UK - spooky! Clearly delighted, but at the same time I felt shocked and numbed by the news. For the second stage I had the opportunity to submit a short biography and a statement or descriptive about the piece. In this instance I went for the descriptive as the supporting panel is as integral as the painting itself. The painting was completed in May 2016 and remains part of a project entitled 'Second Hand Smoke' which investigates my family history associated with The Holocaust.
Additionally for transportation I need to provide a wooden crate to ship the work from the London depot to Liverpool. The hand in date is week beginning 7th March so it coincides with MFA assessment week. As if stress does not raise it's ugly head enough! The painting is to be taken to a depot in London where it will be shipped onwards. Results will not be available until April 2016.
'Peter Aged 10 - Hidden Child of The Holocaust, Oil on Found Hardboard, 61 x 31 xcm 2015