ART & SOUL

The annual ING Discerning Eye exhibition, showcasing the work of unknown artists alongside more established names, opens to the public today at The Mall Galleries in London. Nearly 200 selected artists will display their artworks at this year's exhibition, which attracted more than 2,000 submissions.

This year’s selector panel includes English abstract expressionist Albert Irvin, and 2006 Charles Wollaston Award winner Chantal Joffe. The two collectors who have chosen artworks are Doris Lockhart, creator of the Saatchi Collection, and Gerald Walker, chief executive of ING Commercial Banking UK, Ireland and Middle East. Finally, critics Charles Darwent of The Independent on Sunday and Skye Sherwin from The Guardian have picked out their favourites as well.

The six join an illustrious list of selectors from previous shows, which includes HRH The 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, the ING Discerning Eye exhibition continues to demonstrate its relevance and popularity among Britain’s artists,” says Walker. “The exhibition fires the imagination and creativity of artists and visitors alike, making art accessible to all and offering artists a prestigious platform to showcase their work.”

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.

The 21st Annual ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2012 will run in the Mall Galleries, London SW1, from 15-25 November 2012. Admission is free, 10am – 5pm daily.

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