The Discerning Eye Exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 15 November to Sunday 25 November 2018. As usual it will be held at The Mall Galleries in the heart of London, just a few steps from The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery. It will be open every day from 10am to 5pm, admission will be FREE and all works will be for sale. The exhibition will include works from both well-known artists and from emerging talents.
The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics.
The selectors choose both publicly submitted works and works by personally invited artists. Each selector's section is hung separately to give each its own distinctive identity. The impression emerges of six small exhibitions within the whole.
It provides an unusual opportunity for works by lesser-known artists to be hung alongside contributions from internationally recognised names. The selectors are solely responsible for their own selection; selection is not by committee. The only restrictions are limitation of size (only small works are permitted) and to select at least 25% of their section from the open submission.
To enter work you must be currently resident in the UK, your work must be for sale, and it must be a maximum of twenty inches (50 centimentres) in any dimension. Artists can submit up to six works which can be two or three dimensional using any media. The open submission process begins each summer with the publication of a call for entries. The selections are made in September. All works must be for sale and the Discerning Eye's commission helps to fund our activities.
The 2017 exhibition comprised 465 works by 237 artists, with 75% of the artists and 55% of the works from the open submission. Painting and drawing made up over 60% of the works, mixed media and sculpture about 15%, and printmaking about 8%. There were also over £10,000 worth of prizes awarded.
If you didn't get to the exhibition then you can still view an online version in our 2017 online catalogue where you'll be able to see images of all the works, find out who won theprizes, and view videos of the opening evening.
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