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 interested in submitting works to the Open Submission, full entry details will be available in the late Spring from this website and from the exhibition organisers, Parker Harris. Regional hand-ins are likely to be from mid to end of August and in London the hand-in date is due to be at the beginning of September 2015.
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 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.
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the 2014 selectors

Nicola Green
Nicola Green
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
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.
Chris Ingram
Chris Ingram
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
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.
Simon Martin
Simon Martin
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.
Helen Sumpter
Helen Sumpter
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.
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′God created man and woman′ by Pirasteh Gourang - selected 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 Hegnhoj - selected by Anthony Lester in 2002
'I'll Miss You' by Mia Hegnhoj - selected by Anthony Lester in 2002
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