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Welcome to 2023               
Discerning Eye Exhibition 


Mall Galleries, London

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Sponsor's Introduction

Sponsor's Introduction


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.

Małgorzata Kołakowska

CEO UK and Middle East, ING

Chair's Statement

Chair's Statement

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


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.

Sarah Hall


The Discerning Eye

Previous Selectors

Previous Selectors


Giles Auty 

Odette Gilbert 

Sir Roger de Grey PRA 

Lord Palumbo 

David Poole PPRP ARCA 

Brian Sewell 


Gillian Ayres CBE 

William Bowyer RA 

Sir Brinsley Ford 

Lord Gowrie 

Tim Hilton 

John Russell Taylor 


Christopher Lloyd 

Robin Simon 

Sir Judge Stephen Tumim 

Lady Marina Vaizey CBE 

John Ward CBE RA 

Glynn Williams 


Colin George 

Patrick Hughes 

Bryan Kneale RA 

David Lee 

Edward Lucie-Smith 

Julian Spalding 


William Boyd CBE 

Martin Gayford 

Derek Hill 

William Packer 

Jonathan Watkins 

Leslie Worth OBE 


HRH The Prince of Wales 

Susan Moore 

Michael Reynolds 

Ray Richardson 

Brian Sewell 

Anthony Solomons 


Anna Somers Cocks OBE 

Arturo Di Stefano 

David Gluck 

Richard Kendall 

Dame Rosalind Savill DBE 

Philip Solomon 


Lionel Blair 

Dame A S Byatt DBE 

Tom Coates PPNEAC 

Justin Mortimer 

Charlotte Mullins 

The Lady Patten 


Sir Peter Blake CBE RDI RA 

Dr Sally Bulgin 

Michael Parkinson CBE 

Emma Sergeant 

Colin Tweedy LVO OBE 

Dr Frank Whitford 


Robert Hiscox 

Ken Howard OBE RA 

James Lloyd 

Mary Rose Beaumont 

Sir Roy Strong FRSL 

Quentin Willson 


Graham Crowley 

Griff Rhys Jones 

Anthony Lester 

Richard Littlejohn 

Crispin Odey 

Daphne Todd OBE




Diana Armfield RA 

Bob Boas 

John Caine MBE FRSA 

Rachel Campbell-Johnston 

The Marquess of Bath 

Desmond Shawe-Taylor LVO 


Alan Grieve CBE 

Mark Lawson 

Norbert Lynton 

Peter Randall-Page 

Anne Robinson 

Anita Taylor 


Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE

Catherine Goodman LVO 

Sir Jonathan Miller CBE 

John Orbell 

Sir Martin Smith 

Nicholas Usherwood


Mollie Dent Brocklehurst

William Feaver

Laura Gascoigne

Anthony Green RA 

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Stuart Pearson Wright 


Sarah Armstrong Jones 

Drusilla Beyfus

Davina McCall

Jennifer McRae RSA

Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE

Charles Saumarez Smith CBE




Bob Benton

Frances Carey

Fred Cuming RA

Brenda Fenton

Anita Klein

Robin Morgan 



Peter Bowles

Julius Bryant

Gus Cummins RA

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

Lincoln Seligman

Jackie Wallschlager 


Timothy Barber

Nina Campbell

Judith Collins

Ishbel Myerscough

Mark Rappolt

Robbie Wraith RP 



Eileen Cooper RA

John Deston

John Pluthero

Brian Sewell

Ossian Ward

Lisa Wright 



Charles Darwent

Albert Irvin OBE

Chantal Joffe RA

Doris Lockhart Saatchi

Skye Sherwin

Gerald Walker 



Liz Anderson

Stephen Farthing RA 

Loyd Grossman OBE 

Eileen Hogan

Estelle Lovatt FRSA 

Professor Deborah Swallow 



Giles Brown

Nicola Green

Chris Ingram

Simon Martin

Emma Stibbon RA

Helen Sumpter 



Emma Bridgewater

Stephen Doherty

Nicole Farhi

Larry Lamb

Steve Pill

Stephen Snoddy 



Dan Coombs

Sacha Craddock

Michael Glover

Celia Imrie

Ian Mayes QC

Chris Orr RA 



Ellen Bertrams

Nicola Coleby

Elmo Hood

Anne Magill

Miranda Richardson 

Simon Tait 



Sadie Clayton

Cherie Federico

Frances Hedges

John Benjamin Hickey 

Bridget McCrum

Nick Ross 



Gill Button

Charlotte Hodes

Kwame Kwei-Armah

John Penrose

Sir Tim Rice

Louis Wise


Dale Lewis

David Remfry RA 

Beverley Knight 

Mervyn Metcalf 

Jo Baring

Tabish Khan


Anna Brady

Peter Brown PNEAC

Rolan Cowan

Adelaide Damoah

Tony Humphreys

Russell Tovey


Alison Bevan

Gurinder Chadha

Aindrea Emelife

Kate Enters

David Ferry 

Ansel Krut

Drawing Bursary

The Discerning Eye
Drawing Bursary

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.

Drawing Bursary
2023 Finalists

Anna Dickerson

Helen Bradley

Liz Ackerley

Nikki Gardham

Paul Dilworth

Rae Birch Carter

View all finalists pieces

The winner of the 2023 Bursary is Paul Dilworth

2021 Prizes

2023 Prizes

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

The Selectors

2021 Selectors

To explore the pieces curated by each selector or to find out more about them simply click below

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