the ING Discerning Eye exhibition
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)
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 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 this year you can still view the catalogue
and images of all of the works here online.
is a portrait artist of international standing with work represented in the collections of the Courtauld Institute in the UK and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Library of Congress in the US. Her work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Emma Stibbon RA
is a renowned award winning artist and a Royal Academician with an international reputation. Her work can be found in many public and private collections, including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University of Cambridge and the Stadtmuseum, Berlin. She is presently the Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Brighton.
is a businessman, entrepreneur and art collector. In 1976 he launched his own business and started collecting modern British and contemporary art in 2002. His collection now includes some 600 works, spanning over 100 years of British art. It is presently housed at 'The Lightbox' gallery in Woking, Surrey.
Dr Giles Brown
is a scientist, collector and art patron. His scientific specialism is glaciology. He was the manager of the Geographical Sciences School at the University of Bristol for some years and is a fellow of the Association of University Administrators. He has had a long-standing interest in art and has given talks on art buying for beginners and also for artists.
is a curator and writer and the artistic director of 'Pallant House Gallery' in Chichester, West Sussex. He has written several books, including 'John Tunnard: Inner Space to Outer Space' and 'Poets in the Landscape: The Romantic Spirit in British Art'. He writes for a variety of publications and gives talks and lectures on modern and contemporary art.
is a London based visual art writer and commentator and is currently Senior Editor/Web Editor at 'ArtReview', the leading contemporary art magazine dedicated to expanding contemporary art's audience and reach. Prior to that she spent six years as Deputy Visual Arts Editor for 'Time Out' London.