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.
Open 10am-5pm including weekends
Closed between exhibitions; please contact 020 7930 6844 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2015
- 14 — 25 October 2015
Relive those treasured memories of a picnic on the beach or a walk on a cliff-top path, of dinghy sailing or sailing the high seas as you cruised to warmer climes.
Join us for our annual exhibition celebrating the sea and the marine environment in all its variety - from the deep sea to quiet harbours, from super-tankers to sailing dinghies, from all that is beside the sea to what lies under it. On show will be over 300 works by some of the most celebrated marine artists at work today.
During the exhibition Members will be tutoring practical painting workshops in the Learning Centre (bookable in advance) and giving free demonstrations in the gallery.
- Any age
Admission £3, £2.50 concessions (Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, RSMA Friends, National Art Pass holders and under 18s)
The Natural Eye 2015
- 29 October — 8 November 2015
The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, shows the very best of art inspired by the natural world. The open exhibition shows a wide range of contemporary work from both members and non-members which celebrates the wild whether it is close to home or further afield. The different approaches to the subject ensures a delightful mix of the detailed to the more abstract in many different mediums including oils, watercolours, pastels, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.
Many of our artists set great store by understanding their subject and working from life. This is reflected in the major SWLA collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology, showing fieldwork from our artists depicting summer migrants in the UK, and the collaboration with the RSPB to document the creation of a major new wetland reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex.
Chris Rose, winner of the Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award will display work inspired by his experiences diving off the UK coast. The SWLA’s support of emerging artists continues by awarding bursaries to attend the Seabird Drawing Course in Scotland, the latest three recipients will have selected work on show.
There will be a number of events held during the exhibition including artist’s talks, portfolio day and printmaking workshops. For more details www.swla.co.uk
- Any age
Admission: £3, Concession £2.50, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, SWLA Friends, National Art Pass Holders and under 18s.
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2015
- 2 — 13 December 2015
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.
- Any age
Admission £3, £2.50 concessions, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, ROI Friends, National Art Pass holders and under 18s
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
- Any age
Rosa Sepple RI SWA Out of the Blue
- 24 — 29 August 2015
122 new works by Rosa Sepple, member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Society of Women Artists, all of which will be featured in Rosa’s new book 'Out of the Blue'.
Book Launch Monday 24 August, 12 noon until 2pm.
"My paintings are an expression of a playful world I never had. Somehow I missed my childhood, went straight into marriage and motherhood and much of the fun in life seemed to pass me by. Now, as I sit and work in my studio, I can take my most excessive imaginings for a walk in complete safety and do all the naughty things I might like to have done." Rosa Sepple
"There is a long running conundrum - "Are artists born or made?" Many contradictory views are held but I favour the one expressed by the writer and film director, Woody Allen, who said; "You can work and work and work, but if you don't have it inborn, then it's a hopeless pusuit." Rosa Sepple is surely a textbook example of inborn artistic talent. Sepple's affinity with other painters is not solely the result of eclecticism; the observant will see echoes of Marc Chagall (the flying figures) and perhaps even a suggestion of John Piper (in some of her vivacious architectual scenes). However, her images are certainly not flaccid imitations - far from it. Sepple has developed a highly distinctive style that is intensely personal." Anthony J. Lester - Member of International Association of Art Critics and Fellow of the Royal Society of Art
In association with Adrian Hill Fine Art, Holt, Norfolk. For enquiries please contact the gallery. To be added to the advanced viewing mailing for this exhibition, please contact Bradley Marks at Adrian Hill Fine Art.
- Any age
The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society Annual Exhibition 2015
- 24 — 29 August 2015
The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society is London’s largest life-drawing society and has been holding weekly drawing classes since 1930. The Society offers both amateur and professional artists the opportunity to work from live models in untutored sessions. Artists meet each week to draw from models and offer each other mutual support in both figure and portrait drawing. The models offer the choice of short figure poses and more sustained portrait drawing sessions.
The Annual Exhibition showcases the variety of styles and media in figure studies and portraits produced by the members throughout the year. A range of imaginative and traditional compositions will be on display.
- Any age
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 email@example.com. 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.
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