OToole, Untitled 2You know the year’s turned full circle again when they start with the Song For Europe trailers. Still, there are weightier cultural matters to take note of at this deathly time of year, too. Can it really be 12 months since the last Liverpool Art Prize shortlist was announced?

This year’s shortlist – for the fourth annual award – has just been announced. It was chosen from a healthy list of over 60 artists based, and working, in the Liverpool City Region. They are:

On Wednesday 1st June the overall winner will be awarded £2000, based on the work exhibited at Metal, Edge Hill station from Friday 6 May to Saturday 11 June. The winning artists will also be given the opportunity to show their work at the Walker Art Gallery. There is also a £1000 People’s Choice Award chosen by the public voting at the Edge Hill gallery.