About Us

The Discerning Eye aims to encourage wider conversations around the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

Our Board

Sarah Hall - Chair


Sarah was appointed Chair in January 2019. She is a qualified accountant, has held leadership roles in international stockbroking and has CEO experience in the media services industry. Her career spans over 30 years living and working in the UK, the USA and Asia. More recently she has gained considerable NED experience mostly in the arts and charity sectors. Sarah is currently also a trustee of the Landmark Trust, of Opera North and is Interim Chair of New Perspectives, a Nottingham based touring theatre company.




Giles Brown


Giles is an art collector and author/consultant in higher education. He has worked in a range of roles in the HE sector including as a researcher in glaciology (University of Cambridge), lecturer in Geography and Earth Sciences (Aberystwyth University), manager (Geography, University of Bristol) and journal editor in higher education policy and practice (Routledge/Association of University Administrators). He was a Selector for the 2014 Discerning Eye Exhibition, has served as a member of Education Advisory Committee since 2016, and was invited to become a member of the Discerning Eye Board in 2020.




Mervyn Metcalf


Mervyn is an investment banker by trade including 11 years at Merrill Lynch and subsequently co-founded his own M&A advisory firm, Dean Street Advisers, in 2012. Mervyn has originated and executed transactions for some of the largest corporates and private equity firms in the UK. Mervyn’s other passion is collecting art. His collection focuses on portraiture and photography. Mervyn was a selector for the 2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. He joined the board in March 2021




Richard Moxon


Richard is a solicitor working in media law. He was a partner at Denton Hall & Burgin where he helped secure funding for films including 'Flash Gordon', 'Chariots of Fire' and 'Who Dares Wins', as well as some of Ken Russell films. He went on to work for Lorimar Pictures and the media law firms of Marriot Harrison and Davenport Lyons. He is also a singer with the amateur choir Cantanti Camerati. He joined The Discerning Eye board at the beginning of 2008.




Ciara Enskat - Accounts


Ciara is an experienced financial manager, educated at University College Dublin. She worked in Financial Services before moving into positions with responsibilities for visual arts portfolios for trusts, foundations, multinationals and art organisations. Ciara has been a dedicated supporter of the Save The Children charity and lends her spare time to the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra.





Our Educational Advisory Committee

Giles Brown


Giles is an art collector and author/consultant in higher education. He has worked in a range of roles in the HE sector including as a researcher in glaciology (University of Cambridge), lecturer in Geography and Earth Sciences (Aberystwyth University), manager (Geography, University of Bristol) and journal editor in higher education policy and practice (Routledge/Association of University Administrators). He was a Selector for the 2014 Discerning Eye Exhibition, has served as a member of Education Advisory Committee since 2016, and was invited to become a member of the Discerning Eye Board in 2020.




Tom Coates - PPNEAC Artist


Tom studied at the Royal Academy and is a past president of the Royal Society of British Artists. He has won both the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition and the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture. His work can be found in collections worldwide, including the Royal Collection.




Laura Gascoigne - Art Writer and Critic


Laura is an art writer and critic, a regular contributor to the journal of the Spectator, Apollo, Country Life and The Jackdaw. In 2006 she was a selector for the Discerning Eye Exhibition. She has collected paintings for thirty years, and is a former editor of Artists and Illustrators magazine.




James Lloyd - Artist


James is an acclaimed portraitist. From 1994 to 1996 he held the Paul Smith scholarship at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1997 he won first prize in the BP Portrait Award and in 2008 he was awarded the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.




Anita Klein - Artist


Anita studied at The Slade school of art and is a fellow and past president of the Royal Society Of Painter Printmakers. Her work has been shown at the Royal Academy and can be found in collections worldwide including those of The Arts Council, The British Museum and London University.





Our Exhibition
Sponsor

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ING is proud to have been supporting the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition since 1999 – making ours one of the longest-standing corporate arts sponsorships in the UK. www.ing.com

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Beyond the
Exhibition

Whilst our main focus has been and will continue to be our annual exhibition each November, for the last twenty years we have also broadened our activities in support of our declared aim to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

 

Most recently during 2021 we are providing a series of webinars, DE Talks, aimed at both artists and collectors.  Topics to date include, ‘How to use social media as an Artist’, ‘How can artists work with galleries?’ These are held every few weeks, hosted live on Instagram with recordings of those that have already been held available here.  

 

To see further details of the initiatives we have undertaken over the last 20 years, such as placing artists in residence at our exhibition sponsor, ING, supporting an international exhibition and various bursaries, then please click here.

Our Support Team

Created by Emma Parker and Penny Harris in 1990, Parker Harris is one of the UK’s leading arts consultancies. They oversee art prizes nationally and internationally, provide consulting, PR and social media services, and ambitious visual arts projects across all disciplines and scales. Their clients range from individual artists, arts organisations and charities, to trusts, foundations, SMEs, fine art brands and multinationals. Parker Harris are proud to support the ING Discerning Eye exhibition as project managers. parkerharris.co.uk