the ING Discerning Eye exhibition

The 2015 Discerning Eye Exhibition will be held at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1, and will be open to the public daily from Thursday 12 November until Sunday 22 November. Entrance will be free and all works will be for sale.
For artists who have submitted works, there is now a list of selected works here where you can check to see if you have been successful. There's also information about collecting works that have not been selected.
If your work has been selected and you haven't yet made a digital image of your work available to us then please do so now by sending the image to the exhibition organisers, Parker Harris (see below). Failure to do so may delay the inclusion of your work in the online gallery and the quality of images we take cannot be guaranteed, especially if the work is mounted behind glass.
All enquiries of any kind about the exhibition should be directed to the organisers - Parker Harris, PO Box 279, Esher, Surrey KT10 8YZ, 01372 462190, or e-mail using the form at their web site
  the 2015 prizes
ING Purchase Prize - £5,000
DE Founder's Purchase Prize - £2,500
in honour of Michael Reynolds
DE Chairman's Purchase Prize - £1,000
Meynell Fenton Prize - £1,000
Benton Purchase Prize - £1,000
Humphreys Purchase Prize - £750
DE Sculpture and 3D Work Prize - £250
Up to eight additional prizes of £250 will be awarded to outstanding entries from the national regions
The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector's section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole.
′Bakerloo in line′ by Dena (2014 exhibition)
'Bakerloo in line' by Dena (2014 exhibition)
It provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection; selection is not by committee. The only restrictions are limitation of size (only small works are permitted) and to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission. All works must be for sale and the Discerning Eye's commission helps to fund our activities.


For artists the exhibition is an opportunity to have work hung alongside that of well-known and established names at a major London art venue. To enter work you must have either been born or be currently resident in the UK, your work must be for sale, and it must be a maximum of twenty inches in any dimension. Artists can submit up to six works which can be two or three dimensional. The open submission process begins in the early summer with the publication of the call for entries and the selections are made in September.

the 2015 selectors

Emma Bridge­water
Emma Bridge­water
is a potter who founded her pottery business thirty years ago. Her polka dot designs have become especially famous and the business has grown into one of the UK's largest potteries, employing over 200 people. The pottery is still all hand-decorated in Stoke-on-Trent.
Nicole Farhi CBE
Nicole Farhi CBE
is a French fashion designer turned sculptor who moved to London in the 1970s, worked for the 'French Connection' label, then launched her own brand. Her debut exhibition as a sculptor was mounted in London in September 2014. She was awarded an honorary CBE in 2007.
Larry Lamb
Larry Lamb
is a well-known actor who has been appearing on our TV screens for over 35 years, most notably in 'East Enders' (as Archie Mitchell) and 'Gavin And Stacey' (as Mark Shipman). He has been a frequent visitor to the Discerning Eye exhibition over the years.
Stephen Snoddy
Stephen Snoddy
is Gallery Director of The New Art Gallery, Walsall. He gained an MA in Fine Art from Belfast College of Art. He has been at the helm of a number of prestigious galleries, including the new Milton Keynes Gallery and the Baltic Centre in Gateshead. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006.
Stephen Doherty
Stephen Doherty
is Director of Visitor Communications for Somerset House in London where he has mounted a variety of free exhibitions. For nearly 20 years he worked for the V&A, where he managed travelling exhibitions and curated fashion performances in the Museum's galleries.
Steve Pill
Steve Pill
is the editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine and was named critic of the year at The Guardian Student Media Awards in 2003. His interests cover a broad range of the arts and he has written for The Guardian, The British Journal of Photography, Time Out, Metro and many other publications.

the 2014 exhibition

The 2014 exhibition was held as usual at The Mall Galleries, London, and closed on Sunday 23 November. If you didn't get the chance to visit the exhibition you can still view the catalogue and images of all of the works here online.
Our selectors chose 431 works by 265 artists from the open submission and added another 226 works from personally invited artists. The total of 657 works on show was a record number for the Discerning Eye exhibition and included about 40 sculptures or three-dimensional works.
Commercial Banking
have been our major sponsor continuously since 1999 and sponsored the latest exhibition. We are very grateful for this continuing commitment.
read more - ING - our sponsors
′God created man and woman′ by Pirasteh Gourangselected by Liz Anderson in 2013
'God created man and woman' by Pirasteh Gourang
selected by Liz Anderson in 2013
′I′ll Miss You′ by Mia Hegnhojselected by Anthony Lester in 2002
'I'll Miss You' by Mia Hegnhoj
selected by Anthony Lester in 2002
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