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The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2021 is now calling for entries

Call for entries to the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2021 is now open.


The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is now calling for entries and is scheduled to return to the Mall Galleries in London this Autumn.

The open exhibition gives artists the opportunity to show their work in central London and win a range of prizes, including the ING Purchase Prize worth £5,000, as well as specific medium and regional awards, totalling £12,000.

Online submissions are open via a dedicated portal until Tuesday 7 September 2021.

The exhibition is scheduled to open at the Mall Galleries on 11 November 2021 with a prize giving and will run until 21 November 2021.

All shortlisted works will be included in a fully illustrated print catalogue and an online exhibition, with commentary and introductions by the selectors.

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is an annual show of small-scale works renowned for both its commitment to championing emerging artists and its unique curatorial approach. A panel of six prominent art world figures - two artists, two collectors and two critics - select works of art for the yearly exhibition.

Proudly supported by ING for over two decades, the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is one of the longest-running commercial sponsorships of the arts in the UK. Since it began, 3,500 artists have been exhibited, more than 10,000 works have been showcased, over £250,000 has been awarded in prize money to exhibiting artists, and close to £1 million worth of art has been sold on behalf of the artists.

ING and the Discerning Eye are delighted to announce this year’s selectors:

Anna Brady: Art Market Editor at The Art Newspaper.

Adelaide Damoah: A British-Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist, Adelaide Damoah's work explores colonialism, spirituality and intersectional feminism.

Peter Brown: Bath-based artist Peter Brown is best known as a painter of street scenes and city landscapes – earning him the nickname ‘Pete the Street’.

Roland Cowan: Architect and contemporary art collector. He is a trustee of Outset Contemporary Art Fund, supporting a number of their programmes which fund exciting and innovative contemporary art projects.

Russell Tovey: Russell Tovey is an actor, author and playwright. He has a collection of over 300 works of contemporary art and has hosted the Talk Art podcast with the gallerist Robert Diament since 2018.

Tony Humphreys: Tony was CEO of the Discerning Eye from 2000 to 2021 and he has been involved in the charity for more than 25 years. He is Managing Director of Talent Television and Talent Films, UK and a member of BAFTA and the RTS.

Key facts:

  • Call for entries: 21 May 2021 – 7 September 2021
  • Exhibition: 11 – 21 November 2021 at Mall Galleries + online
  • Entry fee: £10 per work
  • Entry portal:

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