The national focal point for contemporary figurative art, and home to the Federation of British Artists.

The Federation of British Artists, a major visual arts charity established in 1961, operates Mall Galleries.

The Federation (FBA) comprises nine of the UK’s leading art societies. Focusing on Figurative Art, our Societies place an emphasis on observation and draughtsmanship in the works that they produce and exhibit.

Each specialises in a genre or medium.

Figurative genres:

  • Portraiture
  • Wildlife
  • Marine
  • Life drawing


  • Oil
  • Watercolour
  • Pastel

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).

Each art society host their annual exhibition at Mall Galleries, many of which are also open to artists to enter their work for exhibition alongside that of the Society members.

We are a Charity

The Federation receives no on-going public funding and is entirely reliant for its income on admission fees and ticket sales, sponsorship, subscriptions from Friends and Patrons, Exhibitions and Events and sales commissions.  The work we sell benefits artists and visitors alike; our successful Commissions Service helps people find the ideal artist to commission a special work of art. Mall Galleries also has a popular Bookshop and café.

The charity places great importance on its educational activities.  These involve reaching out to diverse age groups and communities from London and around the UK.  

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Registered Charity Number 200048

Company Reg No 683275

VAT Reg No 240 4847 72