Welcome to 2023
Discerning Eye Exhibition
Mall Galleries, London
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For the last quarter of a century ING has proudly championed the Discerning Eye charity through the unique ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.
The partnership between us as global bank and an arts charity is one that has stood the test of time – 25 years ago ING and Discerning Eye formed what now stands as one of the longest-standing corporate arts sponsorships in the UK.
As a financier you’d expect me to comment on the numbers – which are remarkable. During our 25 years as partner with the Discerning Eye Exhibition, more than £1 million worth of art has been sold on behalf of the artists and some 11,000 works have been exhibited by more than 4,000 artists. It makes us proud to bring new art to new audiences and support artists in this way.
As a global bank, ING’s mission is to empower people to stay ahead in life and business. That vision also holds true for this longstanding partnership in which some of the most creative and exciting talent is brought to wider audiences. It’s an honour to see emerging artists showcase their talents on the national stage and for ING to be able to help make their art available to collectors in the UK and beyond.
Then there’s the selectors; esteemed artists, critics and collectors. And there are some perhaps surprising names from singer Beverley Knight to former England footballer Tony Adams and even His Royal Highness King Charles III – over the years we’ve been supported by so many fantastic selectors to help us showcase a wide array of British art.
ING thanks the selectors, the artists, The Discerning Eye and the Parker Harris Partnership for all their efforts in preparing for the exhibition.
I look forward to celebrating the success of a 25-year long partnership and here’s to a fantastic ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2023.
CEO UK and Middle East, ING
Welcome to the 2023 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. We are for the 32nd year, physically in the Mall Galleries and also once again available to see and buy from online at www.ingdeexhibition.org
As always, a huge thank you to the artists who submitted work - we simply wouldn’t be here without you. This year we again had a large submission of pieces across a variety of media. The geographic trend that we have seen since moving to a virtual submission in 2020 has very much continued and we saw work from artists based across all parts of the UK.
This year’s selectors: Tony Adams, Eliza Gluckman, Chris Levine, Peju Oshin, Ian Watkins and Julian Wilde all showed great patience, dedication, enthusiasm and commitment in addressing the task of judging and selecting from so many pieces of art. The quality of the submissions was very high and the choices extremely hard as a result. We are very grateful to the selectors.
As you will see when you visit this exhibition, each selector’s choice is curated as a separate exhibition within the whole. Within each selection works from, as yet lesser known artists, hang alongside pieces by those who are more established or internationally recognised.
In addition within the exhibition you will see a seventh section, a further small exhibition of the shortlisted pieces for the DE Drawing Bursary, the recipient of which will be decided during the course of the exhibition.
All works are for sale.
A huge thank you to our sponsors, ING. This year marks the 25th year of that support. Without their generous support we could not stage this annual exhibition. In particular Małgorzata Kołakowska, their CEO and Martha McKenzie- Minifie and her team at ING in London who have led on their engagement with this year’s exhibition.
Finally I should like to thank Parker Harris, our exhibition organisers, whose hard work, skill and enthusiasm is matchless, the team at the Mall Galleries and all of the many and various supporters of The Discerning Eye.
The Discerning Eye
Sir Roger de Grey PRA
David Poole PPRP ARCA
Gillian Ayres CBE
William Bowyer RA
Sir Brinsley Ford
John Russell Taylor
Sir Judge Stephen Tumim
Lady Marina Vaizey CBE
John Ward CBE RA
Bryan Kneale RA
William Boyd CBE
Leslie Worth OBE
HRH The Prince of Wales
Anna Somers Cocks OBE
Arturo Di Stefano
Dame Rosalind Savill DBE
Dame A S Byatt DBE
Tom Coates PPNEAC
The Lady Patten
Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA
Dr Sally Bulgin
Michael Parkinson CBE
Colin Tweedy LVO OBE
Dr Frank Whitford
Ken Howard OBE RA
Mary Rose Beaumont
Sir Roy Strong FRSL
Griff Rhys Jones
Daphne Todd OBE
Diana Armfield RA
John Caine MBE FRSA
The Marquess of Bath
Desmond Shawe-Taylor LVO
Alan Grieve CBE
Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE
Catherine Goodman LVO
Sir Jonathan Miller CBE
Sir Martin Smith
Mollie Dent Brocklehurst
Anthony Green RA
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Stuart Pearson Wright
Sarah Armstrong Jones
Jennifer McRae RSA
Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE
Charles Saumarez Smith CBE
Fred Cuming RA
Gus Cummins RA
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen
Robbie Wraith RP
Eileen Cooper RA
Albert Irvin OBE
Chantal Joffe RA
Doris Lockhart Saatchi
Stephen Farthing RA
Loyd Grossman OBE
Estelle Lovatt FRSA
Professor Deborah Swallow
Emma Stibbon RA
Ian Mayes QC
Chris Orr RA
John Benjamin Hickey
Sir Tim Rice
David Remfry RA
Peter Brown PNEAC
The Discerning Eye
The Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary was launched in 2005 to provide an opportunity
for artists to extend their practice by offering the financial support and the chance to
exhibit their work as part of the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. The winning artist will receive £1,500 and each runner-up receives £150. Congratulation to the seven shortlisted artists.
Rae Birch Carter
The winner of the 2023 Bursary is Paul Dilworth
ING Purchase Prize, £5,000: Christine Brunnock, Emergence
The Discerning Eye Founder’s Prize, in honour of Michael Reynolds, £2,500: Andrew Torr, Estate (The House of the Hanged Man)
The Discerning Eye Chair’s Purchase Prize, £1,000: Jonathan Alibone, A View of The Forest at Dusk, With Rising Smoke
The Mervyn Metcalf Purchase Prize, £500: Eleanor Dunn, OH BOY!
Tabish Khan Critic's Purchase Prize: Michael Richards, La Boutique Noir
Parker Harris Prize, Mentoring sessions worth £300: Lola Betiku, Options
The Discerning Eye Sculpture Prize, £250: Cedric Christie, Conflict
The Discerning Eye Print Prize, £250: Rachel Ashley, Lost Kite 4
The Discerning Eye Cityscape Prize, £250: Nick Short, Royal Festival Hall Urban Study 1
The Discerning Eye Landscape Prize, £250: Sarah Bold, Big Little Scotland
The Discerning Eye Portrait Prize, £250: Samira Addo, She's Seen
Regional Prizes, £250 each:
London: Henrietta Macphee, A Few Missing Things
Midlands: Esteban Pena Parga, Untitled
North of England: Heather Alderson, Close to you
Northern Ireland: Joanne Gault, Cré Dubh
Scotland: Molly Kent, Error Message
South of England: Chris Shaw Hughes, Behind Iceland, Worthing
Wales: Nicolette Moglia, Mermaids
To explore the pieces curated by each selector or to find out more about them simply click below