Sponsored by ING Commercial Banking, the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. A total of 457 works - including paintings, prints, sculptures, drawings and photographs - by 197 artists will be on show from 12 - 22 November 2015 at the Mall Galleries in London.
The dynamic selection panel this year comprises the founder of iconic British ceramics brand, Emma Bridgewater; respected fashion designer-turned-sculptor, Nicole Farhi, and actor, Larry Lamb, known for roles in EastEnders and Gavin & Stacey. They are joined by three respected art world professionals: Director of Visual Communications at Somerset House, Stephen Doherty; Editor of Artists & Illustrators Magazine, Steve Pill; and Gallery Director of The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Stephen Snoddy.
The selectors have each curated their own section of the exhibition, drawing their selection from artists they have personally invited to exhibit, as well as artworks submitted through an open call. The result is six smaller exhibitions within one, each with very distinct personalities.
The uniqueness of having each work chosen by an eminent individual, unlike in a group selected show, has earned the exhibition an excellent reputation among art lovers and collectors alike. The charm of the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition lies in the unpredictability and variety of the selectors' choices. Works of lesser-known artists hang alongside those of more established artists helping to connect hundreds of new artists with new audiences.