ARTISTS, NEW AUDIENCES
Each year the ING Discerning Eye
contains an imaginative selection of contemporary artists, setting
established names alongside new talent, connecting new artists with
new audiences. This exhibition of small, affordable art stays fresh
by renewing its six selectors every year, each of whom are chosen for
their breadth of knowledge of the arts world. Two critics, two
artists, and two collectors are given the opportunity to individually
curate their own space within the Mall Galleries.
selectors are as follows: collectors Davina McCall and Dame Stephanie
Shirley; artists Sarah Armstrong-Jones and Jennifer McRae; and
critics Charles Saumarez Smith and Drusilla Beyfus. Each selector
curates one section of the exhibition, drawing from works submitted
by the public, and the works of artists they have personally invited
to exhibit. All six sections have distinct personalities.
Discerning Eye is an art buyer’s dream. The 20-inch size limit
ensures all art remains in the domestic, highly affordable scale. The
hard work has already been done for the buyer; the selectors consider
over 2,000 works of art from open submissions. Charles Saumarez Smith
comments ‘I have always enjoyed the process of choosing works
of art without knowing who they are by: the equivalent of blind
tasting of wine. One is compelled to judge works only by what they
look like, not by their associations.’
selecting from open submissions, the selectors also invite artists
they know to take part. ‘Not only is The ING Discerning Eye
unusual in showcasing small art, it’s also unique among juried
exhibitions in forcing its selectors to stand up for their personal
taste. You get a wall and a spotlight and have to live with the
consequences.’ Laura Gascoigne comments on her experience as
selector in 2006.
The charm of The ING Discerning Eye exhibition
lies in the unpredictability and variety of the selectors' choice of
works, providing the opportunity for unknown and extremely well
established artists working in different mediums and styles to show
alongside each other.
Discerning Eye Exhibition runs from 15 – 25 November 2007 at
the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1Y 5BD, 10am –
5pm daily. Admission free. Nearest tube: Charring Cross. Gallery
reception: 0207 968 0962
INFORMATION FOR EDITORS
Wholesale Banking in the UK is delighted to sponsor The ING
Discerning Eye Exhibition for the second year of our ongoing
three-year sponsorship commitment (2006-2008), which itself continues
a relationship going back to the year 2000. ING is proud to support
one of the most important independent exhibitions in the UK and
appreciates the Discerning Eye’s commitment to individuality,
excellence and increasing opportunities for artists across the UK.
ING Wholesale Banking is one of
the six businesses of ING Group and is responsible for providing
financial products and services to corporate and institutional
clients across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Headquartered in
Amsterdam, ING Group is one of the world's largest financial
institutions, providing a wide range of financial services.
Armstrong-Jones is a painter. She studied at Camberwell College
of Arts 1982-83, and then on to the Royal Academy Schools, 1985-91.
She is represented by the Redfern Gallery, and has also shown at the
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Discerning Eye.
graduated with First Class Honours
from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, in 1992, and has been working as
a practicing artist since. Exhibiting extensively across the UK and
abroad, she has received awards in several UK open exhibitions.
McCall, UK television presenter, is a keen collector of
contemporary art. Starting her career on MTV, Davina has moved on to
present for Comic Relief, the BAFTAs and Big Brother.
Stephanie Shirley, founder and Life President of Xansa plc, set
up the charitable Shirley Foundation in 1996. Its current focus is
research into the causes of autism. Stephanie has a £3million
art collection on permanent loan to Prior’s Court School for
pupils with autism.
Saumarez Smith became Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal
Academy in September of this year, having moved on from his post as
director of the National Gallery. In addition, he is also a visiting
professor at Queen Mary, University of London.
Beyfus is Contributing Editor on the Daily
Telegraph Magazine where she writes on photography, the arts and
general interest subjects. For the past decade she has been a tutor
at St Martin's College of Art. She is the author of many books on
etiquette including Modern Manners.
Discerning Eye Exhibition 2007 will run in the Mall Galleries, London
SW1 from 15 November to 25 November 2007. For further
information, and images of previous winning entries, contact Hannah
Leonard at Parker Harris: email@example.com
or 01372 462190