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John Moores Painting Prize 2018

Update 12th July 2018

Yesterday I went to the John Moores Prizewinners show. I have written an article on Steemit about it.

 HERE is the link.

It has lots of photo's and if you are interested in entering it is worth reading.

  I have decided to keep a record of my Reject letters here on my Blog as an experiment to see how applying for Open's pans out over a year. This first one of the year from the John Moores Painting Prize 2018 was £30 to apply for and had 2700 entries. 
     There are an awful lot of Opens and you could spend hundreds of pounds applying for them so this could be a fruitless exercise but it's a bit like gambling, you could win 10 to 20 Thousand pound if you win, and just getting in could bring you thousands of pounds worth of publicity. As I have not booked in many exhibitions for this year, which can cost 100's to stage I saw this as a different way to use my money. At the end of the year I will do a summery to ascertain my success or failure as a competition entrant. If I get 100% failure I will not enter another Open in the rest of my life, so in the long run it could save me money. 

No Fear under a chemtrail Sky. 
Dear Artist

I am very sorry to tell you that your entry has not been shortlisted for Stage 2 of the John Moores Painting Prize 2018. We received a vey high number of entries this year with over 2,700 artists registering and the standards were extremely competitive. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your interest and for entering the John Moores Painting Prize 2018. I hope that you will come and see the final exhibition which opens on 14th July 2018 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and that this year’s disappointment will not prevent you from entering in future years.

Unless we hear from you otherwise, or you have already specified not to, you will remain on our mailing list for future competitions and events.

           Yours faithfully

    Sandra Penketh

Due to it's rejection the above painting is now available to buy @ £1000,  if you are interested please message me on 


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