Tonight (Wednesday 29 may) at a ceremony in the Albert Dock, this year’s hub for the Liverpool Art Prize, an audience was invited to attend the announcement of 2013′s winning artist. Liverpool-born Tabitha Moses was presented with this title, along with the pride of winning the People’s Choice Award.
Maureen Bampton, director of the Bluecoat Display Centre and mother of the recently deceased Liverpool-born artist Joe Bampton, who tragically died in a ballooning accident in Egypt this year, presented the first award. Maureen spoke about the importance of the People’s Choice award for both her and her son, who strongly believed in the democratically decided selection process. The award is sponsored by the Bampton family and is presented to the artist chosen via a public poll. Moses was the proud recipient of the award, which includes a cash sum of £1000.
Next came the big one: The Liverpool Art Prize 2013, which grants the winner a prize sum of £2000 plus a solo exhibition at Th Walker Art Gallery. From the 4 short-listed artists Kevin Hunt, Tabitha Moses, Julieann O’Malley and Laurence Payot, Moses once again reigned supreme. The Art Prize winner was selected by a panel of judges, including Arts Editor (Liverpool Daily Post) Laura Davies, artist Tim Etchells, Liverpool Biennial Director Sally Tallant and last year’s winner Robyn Woolston.
Tabitha Moses accepted both awards with self-deprecating shock and grace, and in the opinion of this reporter, thoroughly deserves her success. Her winning piece, The Wish is an intensely personal work which responds to her experience of infertility, contemplating the elusive child in a holographic image merging together the artist and her partner. This piece is part of a series of works based on this very delicate theme, including In Vitro, which recreates the image of embryos on a petri dish. Be My Parent, a series of mixed media pieces in which the Textiles MA artist embroiders paper, explores the idea of adoption and the potential of a child just out of reach; a powerful image illustrating an equally important subject matter, with its title taken from the name of a national adoption organisation.
The Art Prize exhibition, including works by all 4 short-listed artists, continues until 8 June at the Grand Hall, The Colonades, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AA.
This piece was written for http://www.artinliverpool.com