Wednesday, July 31, 2013

ING Discerning Eye 2013: Call for Entries

ING Discerning Eye - selected works
The 2013 ING Discerning Eye Art Competition is an opportunity for artists who produce small artworks.

The Call for Entries has been issued and the deadline is 7 September 2013

Below you can find:

  • a summary of the information for artists re who can enter what etc
  • informaiton about the deadlines and dates and where to find information about regional collection points
  • a note about the judges - with links to websites
  • a summary of information about prizes
  • links to websites and my blog posts showing images of the art selected and hung in past exhibitions for those unfamiliar with this art competition.

Do bear in mind that the selectors change each year.
The exhibition comprises both publicly submitted works and works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Each section is hung separately to give each its own distinctive identity. The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole.
The competition is sponsored by  ING Commercial Banking.

Summary of Call for Entries - core information

The presentation of the "what you need to know" information has improved no end in recent years - see Information for Artists on the ING Discerning Eye website
  • Who can enter: artists who were born or are currently resident in the UK
  • Artwork for sale: Essential / not optional.  
    • Commission is charged at 40% + VAT.  
    • Price entered on the entry form is the catalogue selling price from which commission and VAT payable is deducted.
  • Maximum size limit: 20 inches / 50 cms INCLUDING THE FRAME.  Works exceeding these dimension in any direction will be rejected.
  • Eligible works:  You can submit ORIGINAL drawings, paintings, fine art prints, photographs and sculpture
  • Number of entries: you can submit up to six works at £10 per entry. You will need to provide a digital entry of each work if selected so don't forget to take this BEFORE you submit the work!
  • Paperwork: Download the documentation for entries that you need directly using these links:
  • How to enter:
    • complete and sign the entry schedule
    • label each work LEGIBLY in block capitals and attach to work
    • take your labelled artwork and entry schedule to a regional collection point (see below) or 17 Carlton House Terrace by the deadline for that location.
The organisers expect to display some 600 works in the exhibition (c.100 works per selector) however some of those works will be by invited by the artist and the number selected from the open entry varies each year.

Note I have been critical in the past about the fact that those entering the exhibition are given no information about the number that are likely to be selected from the open entry or the ratio of selected works to entries submitted.  In some years the number of works invited as opposed to selected has, in my opinion, been excessive for something that is characterised as an open competition.

Deadline for entries  

  • Scotland/Wales/Regions: a detailed collection timetable is available on the website - starts 31 August. Other collection points include: 
    • Scotland - Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow
    • Wales - Cardiff
    • North of England - Newcastle, Manchester, Kendal, Doncaster, 
    • Midlands/ East Anglia - Birmingham, Norwich
    • South of England - Bristol, Southampton, Penzance, Exeter
  • London: 6 and 7 September 2013 at the FBA HQ at 17 Carlton House Terrace

The 2013 ING Discerning Eye Selectors

The whole exhibition is unusual insofar as it is hung as six separate mini exhibitions - one for each selector.  Hence whether or not our art is selected depends on whether or not it appeals to one of the following selectors.

I've included links in their name to websites about them where available - and included some comments where these seemed relevant.


We seem to have a Wimbledon College axis this year on the artistic front....

  • Stephen Farthing RA - Elected to the Royal Academy in 1998. In August 2004, he was appointed as the Rootstein Hopkins Research Chair of Drawing at the Centre for Drawing run by the University of Arts London - and hosted by Wimbledon College of Art.  I've always very interested in what a person promoting drawing selects for an exhibition.
  • Eileen Hogan is an English painter and book artist. She is a Research Professor at Wimbledon College of Art, a Patron of Mindroom and a trustee of the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation.  Check out her paintings - I like them a lot!

Art Collectors

  • Loyd Grossman OBE, Television Presenter, Gastronome and Art Historian.  Here's a quote from Wikipedia "Grossman won an edition of BBC's Celebrity Mastermind on 27 December 2009. His specialist subject was 18th Century art and artists."
  • Professor Deborah Swallow, Director of theCourtauld Institute of Art.  Her research interests have been Indian art and textiles.


  • Liz Anderson, Arts Editor,The Spectator. She hasn't written much of late judging by the Spectator's page for her. I always find it amazing how journalists manage to keep more or less all information about them off the Internet......
  • Estelle Lovatt FRSA, ArtCritic and Lecturer. Estelle Lovatt is a freelance art critic for the BBC (radio and TV), Radio 2's flagship arts programme 'The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman', as well as for various independent radio stations throughout Great Britain.  Her website is very odd - it seems to have tabs (to news, exhibitions, must see etc) - but they're just words with no links.

2013 prizes

A total of £15,500 in prize money is awarded to artists who have artwork selected for an award
  • Purchase Prize £5000
  • Discerning Eye Founder’s Purchase Prize £2500 (In honour of Michael Reynolds)
  • ING Staff Purchase Prize £1000
  • DE Chairman's Purchase Prize £1000
  • The Meynell Fenton Prize £1000
  • The Benton Purchase Prize £1000
  • The Hicks Purchase Prize £1000
  • The Humphreys Purchase Prize £750
  • DE Sculpture and 3D Work Prize £250
  • Regional Prizes: up to 8 £250 prizes for outstanding entries from the national regions.
Note that a number of the prizes are purchase prizes. It's maybe a good idea to have this in mind when pricing work!

The 2013 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

The Exhibition opens to the public at the Mall Galleries, London on Thursday 14 November and  closes on Sunday 24 November. Admission to view the works is free.

ING Discerning Eye - previous years

The link in the year is to the exhibition records on the ING website. The bullet points are my posts about this art competition and exhibition over recent years

21st exhibition ~ 15 to 25 November 2012

20th exhibition ~ 10 to 20 November 2011

19th exhibition ~ 11 to 21 November 2010

18th exhibition ~ 12 to 22 November 2009


  1. A query on the lateral dimension rule i,e, nothing bigger than 20x20x20 yes? As something sized as above measured from front bottom left, to rear top right will exceed 20 inches. So I suppose my question is, is 20x20x20 the maximum size?


  2. That's the way I'd read it - but it might be best to confirm with the organisers

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