December at Mall Galleries means the Friends Christmas Party which is due to take place on Thursday 3 December from 6pm to 9pm. Join our Chairman, Michael Portillo for festive food, drink, live music, art and activities, all taking place during the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition.

Tickets are still available to purchase up until the afternoon of Thursday 3 December.

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Continuing the Christmas theme you can also purchase online a limited edition range of Christmas Cards by featuring work by member artists of the Federation of British Artists societies including Pete Brown, Bill Dean and Jill Leman. 


Atelier: the Art of Representation

1 December to 4 December

Influenced by the Atelier Method of instruction LARA's philosophy is summarised as a belief in the relevance of discipline in art, which could best be described as the grammar of drawing.  This carefully structured approach offers a solid framework within which to develop vision and creativity.

Royal Institute of Oil Painters

2 to 13 December

Natalia Avdeeva ROI, Setting Sun, Chelsea Harbour

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition has a well earned reputation for attracting highly exciting young exhibitors, alongside the much admired, more established member 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.

On Saturday 5 December the ROI will be holding their Paint Live 2015 event. Artists will have the morning and afternoon to create a painting within a half mile of the gallery before returning to the gallery to have their work judged by ROI President Ian Cryer, Roger Dellar ROI and Lachlan Goudie ROI. For more information click here

More from the Royal Institute of Oil Painters

SP Prescott: Recycling Space

7 to 13 December

Solo exhibition by SP Prescott.

Prescott pushes accepted concepts of painting. Using the traditional stretched canvas as a starting point, she creates images and forms projecting from, or receding into the frame. By blurring two and three dimensions in this way, she intends to challenge the viewers’ perceptions of space and reality.

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The Painted Parish

15 to 20 December

Alice Hall AROI, Cathedral View

Presenting a rare exhibition of new and recent paintings exploring Britain’s churches, chapels and cathedrals by members of the Federation of British Artists.

The Painted Parish features paintings exploring British Churches, examining notions of place and time, life and loss, as well as faith and worship. An illustrated e-catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring a foreword by Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Reader in Architecture at the University of Kent and author of Churches: Explore the Symbols, Learn the Language and Discover the History (Harper Collins, 2008).

Work from the exhibition is available to Browse & Buy online now.

Out of Hours

15 to 20 December

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.

Work from the exhibition is available to Browse & Buy online now.


Designer Crafts at Christmas 2015

16 to 20 December

Don’t miss an opportunity to buy wonderful Christmas gifts made by Fellows, Members and Licentiates of the Society of Designer Craftsmen. 

Beautiful items in ceramic, wood, silver and gold jewellery, glass, other metals, mixed media and textiles will all be for sale. 

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Call for Entries

The deadline for artists to get their works in for the Royal Society of British Artists is fast approaching. Artists will need to submit their work online by Friday 11 December, 12 Noon. For more information about their Open Exhibition visit the Royal Society of British Artists Call for Entries page.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Call for Entries continue into 2016 closing for submissions on Friday 8 January and Friday 12 February respectively. 

The New English Art Club Annual Exhibition 2016 is now open for submissions too. Their Call for Entries opened on 30 November and will continue until Friday 4 March 2016. 

Thinking about submitting to the Open Exhibitions held at Mall Galleries? Check out the Prize Winners from the 2015 exhibitions mentioned above for inspiration.