ING Announces 'Fresh Eyes' 2008 Global Art Competition

    LONDON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - ING Group today launches 'ING Fresh Eyes' 2008, a
global art competition to give budding artists access to the exclusive world
of Formula 1, entered via a dedicated website,
    Winners from around the world will be selected by a judging panel,
including the internationally renowned artist, Sir Peter Blake, art collector
& ING Renault F1 Team Managing Director, Flavio Briatore, and The (London)
Times art critic, Rachel Campbell Johnston.
    Each winner will get an exclusive, behind the scenes trip to a Grand Prix
and be mentored by one of ING's famous artists 'in residence', in order to
experience and capture the spirit of F1.
    The winner and artist in residence will supply ING with works inspired by
their time at the GP. ING will then choose one work by each artist to be
auctioned for charity at a special exhibition to be held in London later this
    ING Fresh Eyes 2008 is split into five national competitions taking place
in Australia, Belgium, Hungary, Spain and the UK, and a global competition to
attend the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix. Residents of each of the five named
markets, and 'rest of world' entrants will be asked to submit up to three
examples of their art work to, which will then be
put to the judging panel for consideration.
    ING Fresh Eyes 2008 follows the successful launch of the concept in 2007,
which embedded graduate artists at nine GPs. As one of F1's leading sponsors,
ING aims to forge closer links between the arts and sports worlds, and provide
an unrivalled high-profile platform for discovering emerging art talent from
across the world.
    Sir Peter Blake, on his appointment to the panel, said: "It is fantastic
to be involved in such a forward-thinking scheme - although on paper art and
F1 seem unusual bed fellows, it's a great proposition for raw talent to
capture the pace of the sport whilst revealing what goes on behind the scenes.
By having a mentor on site, artists will not only get the opportunity to
access rare material, but also learn from some of the most renowned artistic
talent around."
    Flavio Briatore said: "I'm very happy that ING, working with the ING
Renault F1 Team, is able to give a unique behind-the-scenes insight at a GP,
whilst being mentored by a highly-respected contemporary artist. Art and F1
are both passions of mine, and to bring them together in this way is very
exciting for me personally."

    ING Profile

    ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking,
insurance and asset management to over 75 million private, corporate and
institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of
about 120,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies
that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand.

For further information:

For further information: Rachel Flynn/Phil Hale/Jon Tracey, ING Renault
F1 Programme Communications, +44-20-7072-4138/+4420-7711-6872/+4420-77676373,

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