|ING Discerning Eye 2012 - Call for Entries|
The Call for Entries for submissions to the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2012 has been published.
- The deadline for entries is 7/8th September in London.
- Prior to this art can be taken to regional pick-up points around the UK
- a commentary on the percentage of work which gets selected from the open submission - and how well this does in terms of sales
- an overview of the process for entry
- tips for submitting work
The bottom line is that the open submission provided less than half of the works on display in the exhibition - but accounted for nearly two thirds (61%) of the sales.
Of the works on display in the exhibition, the percentage of works from OPEN submission artists in the last three years are as follows
- In 2008 279 (49%) of the 572 works on display
- In 2009 226 (43%) of the 522 works on show
- In 2010 233 (51%) of the 453 works in the show
- in 2011 264 (43%) of the 611 works in the show
- In 2009, 162 works sold (31% of the works exhibited) of which 92 works (40% of the open submission) related to works by open submission artists.
- In 2010 113 works sold (25% of the works exhibited) of which 76 works (33% of the open submission) were by open submission artists
- In 2011 175 works sold (29% of the works exhibited) of which 107 (40% of the open submission) came from the open submission process
This is the website of the Discerning Eye Competition and Exhibition.
This art competition is administered by Parker Harris. The ING Discerning Eye Call for Entries Leaflet - provides detailed guidance On their website you can find more details about the exhibition and download the following:
You are eligible to enter if you are an artist born in or resident in the UK.
- either through submitting work via the open submission (see below for a summary).
- or by being invited by show work by one of the selectors. Selectors in the past have varied as to how they have used this privilege. Read on to find out what you have to do
Works eligible for entry
If you want to see what sort of work gets chosen you can view all the 612 works by 282 artists that were shown in the 2011 exhibition in our The ING Discerning Eye Online Gallery.
The basics in relation to eligible artwork are as follows:
- all works must be for sale (40% commission is charged on all sales)
- you can enter up to six works
- all works must be handmade and within the maximum size limit (20" x 20" including frame or plinth/stand)
- all works must be handmade and an original creation by the artist
- drawings, paintings and sculptures are admissable
- all work must be submitted unpacked (ie no support for unpacking/packing) PLUS
- signed entry schedule must accompany all works
- submission fees (£10 per work)
- on the dates in the schedule for different locations
- final deadline for receipt of entries in London: 8th September 2012.
- Works can also be submitted via receiving venues in 15 towns and cities throughout the UK besides London.
- A list of those artists selected for exhibition will be on the Parker Harris website from Thursday 13 September 2012
- all works will be included in the online catalogue - and artists have to supply a suitable digital image if selected. Work not sold in the exhibition will remain on display in the online exhibition until 31 December 2012
- detailed guidance on requirements for frames is available on the website
- unselected works to be collected 9-10th September
- unsold works to be collected 30th November
There are a number of prizes. in 2012, these are:
- ING Purchase Prize £5000
- Discerning Eye Founder’s Purchase Prize (In honour of Michael Reynolds) £2500
- ING Staff Purchase Prize £1000
- Discerning Eye Chairman’s Purchase Prize £1000
- Meynell Fenton Prize £1000
- Benton Purchase Prize £1000
- Artspan Purchase Prize £1000
- Hicks Purchase Prize £1000
- Humphreys Purchase Prize £750
- Lincoln Seligman Purchase Prize £500
- Regional Entry Prizes - There will be up to 8 prizes of £250 each awarded to an outstanding entry in the national regions.
The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection; selection is not by committee. The only restrictions are limitation of size (only small works are permitted) and to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission.ING Discerning Eye website
- Albert Irvin RA - a painter
- Chantal Joffe - A painter who, in 2006, received the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award from the Royal Academy. She often paints big paintings.
- Doris Lockhart - an arts and design journalist who was also the first wife of Charles Saatchi. See Doris Lockhart Saatchi’s apartment and Pieces from a Confessional - about her preferences in paintings
- Gerald Walker CEO, ING Commercial Banking UK, Ireland & Middle East (ING Commercial Banking in the UK sponsors the exhibition)
- Charles Darwent Writer and Art Critic, The Independent on Sunday
- Skye Sherwin, Writer and Art Critic, The Guardian
- Around 600 works will be on show in the exhibition.
- All selected artists will be invited to a Private View on 15 November 2012.
Here are my tips for artists as published last year (see MAKING A MARK: Review: ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2011)
- It's worth taking a look at who the judges are and what their interests are. If you're a good match it's definitely worth submitting work.
- Little is beautiful! Those selectors having more works in their display tended to have chosen more smaller works. It's not evident that smaller works are more likely to be selected but logic suggests that larger works might be less likely to be selected unless they are by a "name" or by an invited artist (ie don't assume the large works in the show are mainly from the open entry!).
Links to previous posts on this blog about the ING Discerning Eye exhibition in previous years
- Think about how your work suits the constraints on dimensions - scale is important. Not everybody who normally works large necessarily suits working small.
- It sometimes pays to think about how to change your subject matter so that you can work small in a way which suits you best.
- A lot of work is hung in this exhibition and there's not a lot of space in-between artwork. A shrewd judgement needs to be made about much matt and/or frame needs to be allowed to create a space to allow the work to be seen. This then needs to be weighed up without the constraints that spacewise one larger work = two smaller works and there's no way of knowing which way selectors will lean on size.
- This is an excellent exhibition for printmakers to submit to. Selectors can choose more than one work and prints obviously lend themselves well to multiple sales - as could be see at the private view.
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2011 - Call for Entries
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye - selected artists archive ...
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2011 - Selected Artists
- MAKING A MARK: Review: ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2011
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2010 - Call for Entries
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2010 - selected artists
- MAKING A MARK: REVIEW: The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2010
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2009 - call for entries
- MAKING A MARK: Exhibition Review - ING Discerning Eye 2009
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2008 - deadline 6th September
- MAKING A MARK: Who's been selected for the ING Discerning Eye ...
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2008 - Prizewinners
- MAKING A MARK: ING Discerning Eye 2008 - a review