The annual ING Discerning Eye exhibition, showcasing the work of unknown alongside established artists, opens to the public today at The Mall Galleries. 300 artists will display their artworks at this year’s exhibition, which attracted over 2,000 submissions.
Selectors include artists Eileen Cooper, Head of the Printmaking Department at the Royal Academy Schools and Lisa Wright. Collectors who have chosen paintings include John Pluthero, Chairman, Cable & Wireless Worldwide and founder of ‘abstract critical’, and Mall Galleries Manager, John Deston. The critics selecting their favourites are Ossian Ward of Time Out and art critic Brian Sewell. They join an illustrious list from previous shows, which includes HRH Prince of Wales, Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Sir Jonathan Miller, Joan Bakewell CBE and Griff Rhys Jones.
“With more submissions from the public than ever before, ING Discerning Eye has proven how popular it is among artists,” says Gerald Walker, CEO, ING Commercial Banking UK, Ireland & Middle East. “The exhibition makes art accessible to all and connects new artists to the art scene, enabling them to showcase their work in a prestigious environment. ING is delighted to support such a worthwhile exhibition and charity.”
The show enjoys an excellent reputation among art lovers and collectors for its unique and highly personal approach to exhibiting the works, which include paintings and prints, drawing, photography and sculpture. All the art on show is for sale.
The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2011 will run in the Mall Galleries, London SW1, from 10-20 November 2011. Admission is free, 10am – 5pm daily. The Discerning Eye website is www.discerningeye.org