The Discerning Eye Exhibition 2016, UK

Publish Date: Jul 01, 2016

Deadline: Sep 03, 2016

About Exhibition

The 2016 Discerning Eye exhibition will be our 25th show. Since our first show in 1990, over 3300 artists have shown nearly 12000 works. The top ten most frequently included artists are Michael Reynolds (our founder), John Ward CBE, Paul Newland, Peter Kelly, Peter Kuhfeld, Linda Hubbard, Nicola Bealing, Tom Coates, Danny Markey, and Anita Klein.

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.

Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector's section is hung separately giving the impression 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. All works must be for sale and the Discerning Eye's commission helps to fund our activities.

For artists the exhibition is an opportunity to have work hung alongside that of well-known and established names at a major London art venue. To enter work you must have either been born or be currently resident in the UK, your work must be for sale, and it must be a maximum of twenty inches in any dimension. Artists can submit up to six works which can be two or three dimensional. The open submission process begins in the early summer with the publication of the call for entries and the selections are made in September.

Information for artists

THIS YEAR'S EXHIBITION is now OPEN for entries. The very latest date for entries in London is Saturday 3 September 2016. Note that entries from regional collection points have earlier closing dates.

The basic requirements for works to be entered for exhibition 

  • Open only to artists born or resident in the UK.
  • Each artist may submit up to six works.
  • All works must be for sale.
  • All works must be within the maximum size limit (20 inches, 50 cms).
  • Works must be an original creation by the artist (prints, photographs and sculptures are accepted).


  • Discerning Eye members can enter all their work for free. If you are using one of our regional collection points there is an additional charge of £8 per work. Fees are payable at the time of delivery. You may pay with cash or by cheque; please make cheques payable to 'The Discerning Eye Ltd'.
  • Commission charges
    A commission of 40% + VAT will be charged by The Discerning Eye on the price paid for work or copyright or work commissioned at the exhibition or as a result of introductions arranged by The Discerning Eye. The Discerning Eye is a non-profit making organisation and any monies received go towards the next exhibition. Any sales effected by The Discerning Eye will have priority over a sale effected by the artist. Artists should make allowance for this commission in the price of the work described in the Entry Schedule. If registered for VAT it is the artist's responsibility to declare and include this sum at the standard rate. The price entered on the Schedule will be the catalogue selling price so please enter the figures carefully and accurately.

How should work be presented?

  • Work exceeding 20 inches (50cms) overall in any dimension will be rejected.
  • All works on paper must be securely framed.
    Frames should be stout enough to accept a small screw or nail in the back for hanging purposes. Fixings are not required. If selected for exhibition mirror plates will be supplied and used by the organisers. There should be no projections of any kind whatsoever from the back of the frames to avoid damage to other works. Metal frames, glazed works with unprotected glass edges and non-reflective glass are all inadmissible. Frames and mounts of unusual colour, size or design may prejudice the selectors' judgement. All 2D works should be delivered unwrapped, although corner and edge protection on paintings is permissible. The maximum dimension must not exceed 20 inches (50cms) including the frame.
  • 3D work should be sent in sturdy cardboard boxes.
    Pack with lots of packing material but please do not bind the works with tape or string. The maximum dimension must not exceed 20 inches (50cms) in the longest lateral or overall vertical measurement and this includes any plinth or stand.

The Prizes

  • NG Purchase Prize - £5,000
  • DE Founder's Purchase Prize - £2,500
    in honour of Michael Reynolds
  • DE Chairman's Purchase Prize - £1,000
  • Meynell Fenton Prize - £1,000
  • Humphreys Purchase Prize - £750
  • Wright Purchase Prize - £500
  • DE Sculpture and 3D Work Prize - £250

There will be up to 8 prizes of £250 each awarded to outstanding entries from the various regions of the UK.

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