The Discerning Eye aims to encourage wider conversations around the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.
Sarah Hall - Chair
Ciara Enskat - Accounts
Ciara is an experienced financial manager, educated at University College Dublin. She worked in Financial Services before moving into positions with responsibilities for visual arts portfolios for trusts, foundations, multinationals and art organisations. Ciara has been a dedicated supporter of the Save The Children charity and lends her spare time to the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra.
Our Educational Advisory Committee
Tom Coates - PPNEAC Artist
Tom studied at the Royal Academy and is a past president of the Royal Society of British Artists. He has won both the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition and the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture. His work can be found in collections worldwide, including the Royal Collection.
Laura Gascoigne - Art Writer and Critic
James Lloyd - Artist
James is an acclaimed portraitist. From 1994 to 1996 he held the Paul Smith scholarship at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1997 he won first prize in the BP Portrait Award and in 2008 he was awarded the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Anita Klein - Artist
Anita studied at The Slade school of art and is a fellow and past president of the Royal Society Of Painter Printmakers. Her work has been shown at the Royal Academy and can be found in collections worldwide including those of The Arts Council, The British Museum and London University.
Whilst our main focus has been and will continue to be our annual exhibition each November, for the last twenty years we have also broadened our activities in support of our declared aim to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.
Most recently during 2021 we are providing a series of webinars, DE Talks, aimed at both artists and collectors. Topics to date include, ‘How to use social media as an Artist’, ‘How can artists work with galleries?’ These are held every few weeks, hosted live on Instagram with recordings of those that have already been held available here.
To see further details of the initiatives we have undertaken over the last 20 years, such as placing artists in residence at our exhibition sponsor, ING, supporting an international exhibition and various bursaries, then please click here.
Our Support Team
Created by Emma Parker and Penny Harris in 1990, Parker Harris is one of the UK’s leading arts consultancies. They oversee art prizes nationally and internationally, provide consulting, PR and social media services, and ambitious visual arts projects across all disciplines and scales. Their clients range from individual artists, arts organisations and charities, to trusts, foundations, SMEs, fine art brands and multinationals. Parker Harris are proud to support the ING Discerning Eye exhibition as project managers. parkerharris.co.uk