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The ING Discerning Eye

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is an annual show of small works renowned for its unique curatorial approach. A panel of six prominent figures from the art world - two artists, two collectors and two critics - select approximately 450 artworks for an exhibition at Mall Galleries in central London. The artworks may be in any medium but no larger than 50cm in any dimension. Though they sit together on a panel, each selector makes their choices independently, resulting in the curation of six smaller exhibitions within the whole.

Artists are invited to submit up to six works across a variety of media: paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and films are all accepted. Works must be for sale and must not exceed 50cm (20”) in any dimension. The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is now almost unique amongst open art awards in that the artwork is still selected solely through a physical submission process; there is no digital pre-selection. There is, however, an option for artists to pre-register online before the physical submission, and they are strongly advised to do this. Both registered and unregistered artists will hand their work in at their closest submission centre once pre-registration has closed.

Shortlisted artists will be eligible for some or all of the following prizes: the ING Purchase Prize (£5,000); the Discerning Eye Founder’s Purchase Prize (£2,500); the Discerning Eye Chairman’s Purchase Prize (£1,000); the Penrose Purchase Prize (£1,000); the Meynell Fenton Prize (£1,000); the Humphreys Purchase Prize (£750); the Wright Purchase Prize (£500); and a variety of smaller cash, materials and opportunity prizes awarded by the Discerning Eye, St Cuthberts Mill and Parker Harris.

For further information including submission point details, dates and entry fees please visit


Friday 26 July, 2019
Tuesday 27 August, 2019
Mall Galleries
Venue Address
The Mall, St. James's, London SW1, UK

London, , London

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