Mall Galleries

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Mall Galleries champion new figurative art by living artists. Our aim is to promote, inspire and educate audiences about the contemporary visual arts.

Mall Galleries is a major contemporary gallery space in the heart of Central London, championing the work of new and established artists. For over 40 years Mall Galleries has played a crucial role in diversifying the practice of figurative art, exploring its boundaries while promoting, inspiring and educating audiences with new exhibitions and interpretations of the contemporary world.

Mall Galleries is operated by the Federation of British Artists, a major visual arts charity established in 1961. The Federation (FBA) comprises eight of the UK’s leading art societies, specialising in oil, portrait, marine, wildlife, watercolour and pastel. Each holds their annual exhibition at Mall Galleries. A unique national resource, the FBA has over 500 practising artists and is home to the largest life drawing society in London (Hesketh Hubbard Art Society).

The Galleries also organise or play host to many of the UK’s leading open art competitions, in particular The Threadneedle Prize, where new talent is discovered and existing reputations are enhanced.

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Opening hours

Open 10am-5pm including weekends

Closed between exhibitions; please contact 020 7930 6844 or email:

Admission charges

General: £3
Concessions: £2.50
Friends: Free
Under 18s: Free


  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association

The Mall Galleries are one of the few places where works of art by leading living artists are displayed alongside that by lesser-known artists. Each of the member societies holds their annual exhibition here as well as many competitions and open exhibitions such as the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times water colour competition, the Discerning Eye and the Not the Turner Prize as well as one man shows.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
  • the Royal Society of British Artists
  • the Royal Society of Marine Artists
  • the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
  • the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
  • the New English Art Club
  • the Pastel Society
  • the Society of Wildlife Artists
  • and the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Lachlan Goudie ROI

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2015

  • 2 — 13 December 2015 *on now

Over the last few years the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition has attracted some much admired and highly exciting young artists. This year the trend will continue, with new artists and new discoveries waiting to be made.

The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the many and varied ways in which artists use oil paint today, from a traditional approach to this highly technical media through to more innovative uses of material, style and content.

Offering valuable prizes such as the Phyllis Roberts award and the Winsor and Newton Young Artists Awards the ROI continues to lay the foundations for future generations to enjoy and achieve artistic expression with this most adaptable and durable medium as well as offering the chance to add works to your collection at early stages of an artist’s career.

All works for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission £3, £2.50 concessions, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, ROI Friends, National Art Pass holders and under 18s


Colin Kent

The Painted Parish

  • 15 — 20 December 2015

Featuring new and recent paintings of Britain's churches, chapels and cathedrals by members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA).

The Painted Parish will present paintings exploring British Churches, examining notions of place and time, landscape and loss, as well as faith and worship.

This rare exhibition is evidence that even in this apparently secular age, just as the parish inspired some of our greatest artists of the past (from Turner and Constable, to Edward Bawden and John Piper), Britain's sacred spaces continue to capture the imagination of artists today.

Open until 7pm on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December

Suitable for

  • Any age



Patrick Higgs, Pool

Out of Hours

  • 15 — 20 December 2015

Working at Mall Galleries is a wonderful day job, being immersed in art all day. When we go home, many of the staff then set about working on their own art projects. A thriving artist community has grown up both inside and out of our working hours.

Our staff encompasses painters, sculptors, photographers and film-makers as well as musicians, singers and writers.

This exhibition is a rare chance to see the work made by employees of Mall Galleries, and perhaps a chance to snap up work by emerging artists who will soon be leaving day jobs to become the art world’s Next Big Thing.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Brian Williamson uses surface texture to create unique designs in silver.  This image shows a small cup and spoon

Christmas at the Mall Galleries with The Society of Designer Craftsmen

  • 16 — 20 December 2015

For the first time the Society of Designer Craftsmen will be at the Mall Galleries in December in response to members and also existing customers expressing a wish for an event in the run up to Christmas. The exhibition will be open daily from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th December at the Mall Galleries for anyone wanting to treat themselves, or to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family.

On show at The Mall Galleries will be beautiful items in Ceramic, Glass, Jewellery, Metal, Paper, Printmaking, Textiles and Wood created by Fellows, Members and Licentiates of the Society of Designer Craftsmen which will all available to buy and immediately take away.

The event is open between 10.00am and 5.00pm in the Main Gallery. On Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th, the Gallery will remain open until 7.00pm, allowing people who are too busy during the day the opportunity of browsing and buying designer crafts during the evening.

Highlights of the show include:
Christine Meyer-Eaglestone MSDC ( winner of the prestigious Gane Trust Award for excellence in quality of design and craftsmanship at the Society's 25th Designer Crafts exhibition in January. Christine creates unique items each with a surface of intricate marquetry from veneers in a variety of colours which she cuts by hand.
Brian Williamson FSDC ( ) Brian's handmade contemporary silverware is designed with scale, form and functionally in mind. He uses surface texture to create unique designs and has won awards and made pieces for palaces and planes.
Janice Zethraeus MSDC ( ) creates unique gold and silver jewellery that is beautifully delicate in appearance. Linear forms are often highlighted with diamonds or coloured gemstones.
Charlotte Grierson MSDC ( creates hand woven scarves in intricate patterns and textures using a collection of coloured threads, often silk, or high twist wool to make each scarf individual.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Primary Schools Programme

Bookings for KS2 can be taken for gallery workshops. A Gallery workshop is led by a member of the education team and entails an interactive talk and tour of the exhibiton, a visit and talk by a 'real' artist featured in the show, and a drawing session with materials provided by the gallery. Seperate lunch facilities are not available, however school are welcome to dine in the gallery picnic style.

How to obtain

Please phone or email Miranda Baxter in the Education Department, on 0207 930 6844 or Workshops cost £3 per child for a paper-based art workshop. Places are not guaranteed and must be booked at least three weeks in advance. Outreach workshops can also be arranged. Please contact for details.

Mall Galleries
The Mall
Greater London





020 7930 6844

Education Department

020 7968 0959


020 7839 7830

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.