Mall Galleries hosts a diverse programme of exhibitions and events, and is home to the Federation of British Artists.
Each year we host a busy, diverse and exciting programme of exhibitions, including work by emerging as well as well-known established artists. Many of our exhibitions focus on contemporary representational art, each of them offering paintings, sculpture, prints or drawings for sale at affordable prices.
We also play host to many of the UK’s leading open art competitions, as well as other temporary exhibitions of contemporary sculpture, photography and the visual arts.
Mall Galleries is operated by the Federation of British Artists, a major visual arts charity established in 1961. The Federation (FBA) comprises nine of the UK’s leading art societies, specialising in oil, portrait, marine, wildlife, watercolour, pastel, printmaking and sculpture. Each holds their annual exhibition at Mall Galleries. A unique national resource, the FBA has over 600 practising artists and is home to the largest life drawing society in London (Hesketh Hubbard Art Society).
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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 Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2019
- 27 November — 8 December 2019
This year's Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition once again showcases the work of many of the UK’s most exciting young painters alongside the work of more established names. It is an opportunity to gauge the continued evolution of oil painting in this country and to see how it is a fundamental and vital part of the wider art world.
After last year’s successful introduction of ‘an exhibition within an exhibition’ the 2019 show will include a mini exhibition on the theme of ‘London’. This topic will be interpreted in a variety of ways by both members of the Institute and non members.
Offering valuable prizes such as The Phyllis Roberts Award (worth £2,000) and The Winsor & Newton Young Artist Awards, the ROI continues to lay the foundations for future generations to enjoy and achieve artistic expression with this most adaptable and durable medium.
- Any age
Admission £4, £3 concessions, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries, ROI Friends and those under 25 years of age
The Contemporary Nude
- 12 — 18 August 2019
The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society has been running life drawing classes, weekly, since 1930. This year the Society is showcasing the work the members produce at these two-hour drawing sessions, where around 100 artists come together to draw from four models: the 'quick' 15 minute poses, the 30-minute poses, the two hour 'long' pose and the two hour clothed portrait pose.
This year the Society welcomed three young artists under a new Bursary scheme; Bartholomew Beal, Lucy Savage and Jonathan Farningham. Works by these artists will be on display alongside the established members, and range from quick sketches through to more considered works. These drawings and paintings give an excellent view of the excitement and struggle involved in drawing from life.
- Any age
Ana Schmidt: City of Shards
- 17 — 22 September 2019
‘City of Shards’ will showcase new works by Schmidt on the same theme as ‘Dead End’, “gritty cityscape works that document in fine detail … abandoned urban spaces, spaces that normally escape our awareness, as the periphery, the fringes, where cities become blurred” (Lewis McNaught, Chairman of the Selection Panel, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2018).
In every painting, the land is protagonist, albeit abandoned and decaying, on the edge of cities, or ‘taken’ from a viewing platform looking out over a distance so that, “[W]hat we are given … are mappings of contemporary life, views into the depersonalized and seemingly unnavigable layout of the city” (Ana Schmidt).
Although Bilbao-based, Ana will be present during the exhibition to talk to visitors about her paintings and the inspiration behind them.
- Any age
Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition 2019
- 10 — 19 October 2019
An astonishing variety of maritime subjects and paintings of the sea as the site of historic battles and contemporary shipbuilding, a playground for sport and leisure and home to wildlife.
400 paintings, prints and sculptures by artists elected as members of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and artists selected from open entry.
During the exhibition members will be giving free demonstrations in the gallery.
- Any age
Admission £4, £3 concessions, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, RSMA Friends and those under 25 years of age
The Natural Eye 2019
- 24 October — 3 November 2019
The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists showcases the very best of fine art inspired by the natural world. Renowned for displaying a wide-ranging collection of exciting and thought-provoking work including sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing there will always be something to delight and inspire you.
The Out of the Frame room celebrates the tradition of working from life and will show a selection of field sketches and project work from member artists.
The Natural Eye exhibition 2019 sponsored by Terravesta, pioneers of sustainable energy from miscanthus.
- Any age
Admission £4, £3 concessions, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries, SWLA Friends and those under 25 years of age
In the Studio
- 12 — 17 August 2019
An exhibition of work by the In the Studio group of artists as part of Mall Galleries Education. Inspired by the Art Society model, the Federation of British Artists are equipping emerging talent with the tools, ideas and experiences to form their own collaborative art group.
With the idea of the artist’s studio as the starting point, young talent are exploring diverse areas of the Federation of British Artists and Mall Galleries. With the rent on traditional studio space increasingly out of the budget for emerging artists, the group are looking beyond artists’ indoor studios and gallery spaces to outdoor locations and intangible spaces inspiring artistic practices.
The 22 artists, all aged between 18 and 26, have collaborated as a group in creating this exhibition, sharing their own approaches on being an artist today. The works in the exhibition, which marks the midway point for the project, often depict the spaces these artists are working in.
- Any age
Drawing Session: House of Birds
- 2 November 2019 6-8pm
Wearing feather wings and bustles, costumes from Kenneth MacMillan’s House of Birds, the dancers will perform class at the barre and hold extended poses.
House of Birds is based on the Grimm Brother’s macabre fairytale, Jorinda and Joringel, and was part of the repertoire for the 2019 Ballet Central tour.
Ballet Central is Central School of Ballet’s renowned graduate performing company.
Our Drawing Sessions are a great chance sketch, whether you are a seasoned artist or a first timer. Bring along your sketchbook and pencils, if you don't have any there are free drawing materials generously provided by Winsor & Newton.
If you don't fancy picking up a pencil, these events are perfect for those of you who love popping in to have an informal chat about art with other visitors and members of the Mall Galleries team.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.