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The 2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

  • 1st September 2020
Exhibition ING Discerning Eye 2020 - The Artists Print Room

The 2020 ING Discerning Eye  Exhibition – Calling for Entries

The 2020 ING Discerning Eye exhibition is now open for submissions. There is a new virtual format to The Discerning Eye 2020 Exhibition, with artists able to showcase their work in a virtual gallery. It is a fantastic opportunity with a range of prizes, from medium and regional prizes and including the ING Purchase Prize worth £5,000.

Submissions are now being accepted online until 1 October 2020 5pm. Artists can submit up to six works, from various media: paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs and films. These works must be for sale and must not exceed 50cm (20”) in any dimension.

Annual show of Small Works, showcasing established and emerging artists 

This annual exhibition has been running since 1990 and offers emerging artists the opportunity to have their works hung alongside well known established artists. A panel of six prominent art world figures – two artists, two collectors and two critics – select works of art for the yearly exhibition. 

The ING Discerning Eye exhibition, virtual gallery will open on 19 November and run until 31 December 2020. It will be showcasing the artists’ shortlisted works with commentary and introductions by the selectors and a new platform for viewers to buy the artwork directly. All exhibiting artists will be included in a fully illustrated print catalogue. Awards will be given out to the winners in a virtual prize giving.

Therefore this years selectors are artists Dale Lewis and David Remfry RA, collectors Beverley Knight and Mervyn Metcalf, critics Jo Baring and Tabish Khan.

Before Submitting your work

There are some rules to consider before submitting your work. Firstly the exhibition is open to artists born or resident in the UK only. All works must be for sale, with a maximum size of 20 inches (50cm) including frame. Also all works must be an original creation by the artist, prints (including prints from I-Pad drawings) photographs and sculptures are accepted. Finally all entries must be submitted online in the form of digital images, with the following information: Title, Medium, Year, Dimensions, Price and whether it is unframed or framed.

Entry fees start from £10 per work, you can find out more information and make a submission here.

Photographing and printing your artworks before selling

Get your works professionally photographed, before sending them to your buyer. So then you have a digital image file ready to use for giclée prints of your artworks. Fine art giclée prints of your photography and artworks, are a great way to earn extra income. So, at The Artists Print Room we can create fine art giclée prints of your artworks, including digital and I-Pad art. While offering our best advice and support throughout the whole process. Please feel free to get in touch, for all your photographing and giclée printing needs and start those sales.


There are many lucrative prizes on offer:-

    • ING Purchase Prize* – £5000
    • The Discerning Eye Founder’s Purchase Prize** –  In honour of Michael Reynold’s £2500
    • The Discerning Eye Chairman’s Purchase Prize** – £1000
    • Meynell Fenton Prize* – £1000
    • Humphreys Purchase Prize* – £750
    • Discerning Eye Sculpture and 3D Work Prize** – £250
    • Discerning Eye Original Print Prize** – £250
    • Regional Prizes** – There will be up to 8 prizes of £250 each. Awarded to an outstanding entry from the national regions
    • Parker Harris Mentoring Prize*:  Parker Harris will give a one-to-one mentoring session covering all aspects of professional development to a selected artist.

*These prizes are selected by the individual prize givers, not the selectors.

**These prizes are selected by members of the Discerning Eye Educational Board, not the selectors.

To find out more information and how to submit your works, visit exhibition information

You can see previous works on the Discerning Eye website


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