Friday, August 10, 2018

Call for Entries: ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary 2018

The Call for Entries for the ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary - worth £1,500 to the winner - closes in just over a month - on 17th September at 5pm.

Winner of the ING Discerning Eye Bursary 2017
Painted Cave 1, 2 and 3 by Max Naylor

The ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary 


The purpose of the ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary is to offer the opportunity for artists to extend their practice through the offer of financial support.

Call for Entries

The call for entries is very low key.

Information about

  • the fact there is a Bursary and 
  • how to enter is extremely minimal 
to the point where i'm sure some would call it non-existent!

Plenty of information (bottom of the main ING Discerning Eye page) about last year's Drawing Bursary exhibition and prizewinners (and previous years too - but no button to press to find out about this year.

So basically you have to know a Drawing Bursary exists - which means students of art schools and drawing schools will - and that there is a Bursary Page

Then there's the confusion about what it is called.

So basically:
  • a bursary was created in 2002 
  • in 2005 it was decided that this should become a Drawing Bursary
  • in 2007 it was named the David Gluck Memorial Bursary
which is doubtless why Parker Harris include it in their newsletter (the only way I know of finding out it's happening) as the ING Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary.

Anyway - bottom line:
  • there is a Drawing Bursary
  • the winner gets £1,500
  • the other four shortlisted artists win £150 each
  • your work gets exhibited in the North Gallery of the Mall Galleries during the course of the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition in November (see Call for Entries: ING Discerning Eye 2018)

How to Enter

Shortlisted 2017
The Stills by Susannah Douglas
In order to enter you need to:
  • be an artist born or resident in the UK
  • read the terms and conditions Click here to enter
  • complete the online Application Form
  • PLUS submit a short CV with their application (maximum 1 A4 page in Word or PDF format)
  • PLUS provide a statement / written explanation (max. 100 words) to answer the question: “Why do you want the bursary?” i.e. how the bursary will benefit their current drawing practice
  • upload three digital images 
    • The artworks must not exceed 30cms square or 12″ sq in size. 
    • This must be the actual size of the support, be it paper or otherwise. 
    • Framing will be on top of this size.
  • pay an entry fee of £5
I suggest you read about Past Winners (see below) before you start an entry

Key dates

17 September 2018 – 5pm
Online Entry closes
12 October 2018
Artist notified if selected
Friday 9 November 2018 (10am to 5pm)
Deliver work to Mall Galleries (17 Carlton House Terrace entrance)
Thursday 15 November 2018
Winner announced at Artists' PV
15 - 25 November 2018
ING Discerning Exhibition open to the public at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

30 November & 1 December 2018
Collection of unsold work from Mall Galleries (17 Carlton House Terrace entrance)

 Selection Panel

The Selection Panel is

  • Tony Humphreys - CEO, Discerning Eye
  • Tom Coates - Artist
  • James Lloyd - Artist
  • Anita Klein - Artist
  • Elmo Hood - Artist 
  • Dr Giles Brown - Collector
  • Laura Gascoigne - Art critic
  • John Penrose - Chairman, Discerning Eye
  • Nick Usherwood - Curator and art critic
That's a lot of people for prizes worth something slightly in excess of £2,000!

Past Winners

You can see artwork by past winners on the ING Discerning Eye website. If you are minded to enter I suggest you take a look as it gives you a good idea of the type and standard of drawings that get shortlisted.

The statements by the artists of what how they would use the bursary are also included 

Past Bursary Winners
Note that the number of artists selected varies from year to year