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Top Ten Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours works 2015

The launch of our new website in December 2014 allows a perfect digital platform to showcase the Annual Exhibitions of the Federation of British Artists Societies.

Over 1,800 works from the FBA Annual Exhibitions have been uploaded to and viewed almost 40,000 time throughout 2015.

Listed below from one to ten are the most popular works from the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) based on the number of unique page visits the work received.

Congratulations to Olga Cannon-Brookes for having the most popular work online in the RI Exhibition.

Olga Cannon-Brookes, A Summer Evening


51 x 67 cm

Jan Munro, Winter

Watercolour & ink

69 x 77 cm

Ann Hoddinott, Bracken and Barbed Wire

Acrylic & collage

74 x 92 cm

Annette Dall'Oglio, Luberon Valley

Watercolour & ink

73 x 93 cm

Tim Gustard, Hanging Granny Too


38 x 31 cm

Geoffrey Wynne RI, Winter in Venice, Last Vaporetto


73 cm x 74 cm

Penelope Lee SWA, Cornish Coast


50 x 90 cm

Deborah Walker RI, Detail


113 x 143 cm

John Yardley RI, Autumn in Greenwich Village


62 x 75 cm

Karen Charman, Southdowns Trail


40 cm x 50 cm

Call for Entries

The RI seeks the best contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting. The Call for Entries is currently open, submit your artwork before Friday 8 January.

For more information please click here.


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Geoffrey Wynne RI, Winter in Venice, Last Vaporetto (detail)

December at Mall Galleries

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.

Buy your tickets online now

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.

Find out more:

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. 

Find out more:



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.

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Bob Rudd RI, St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire (detail)

My Third Month at Mall Galleries

During the past month I have taken a functional skills exam, learnt how to salsa and done a lot of research tasks.

My time at Step Forward during November has been focused on revising and taking a functional skills exam. This included learning functions on excel, selecting appropriate information from text and using the internet to research specific topics.

During my social media class within the past month, we looked at the principals of Social Media in business. We looked at how there were both benefits and consequences of using social media for a business and how it can also be linked in with a company’s marketing plan.

My personal development sessions for November focused on responsibility, how it’s important to take responsibility for your actions and learn from them. A big factor of taking responsibility is to avoid making excuses for your actions and instead taking feedback and learning from it.

At Mall Galleries I have had a  variety of tasks, from posting on our social media pages to filming a talk in the learning centre, all presenting me with new challenges along the way. During the SWLA Natural Eye exhibition recorded a talk by Carry Akroyd. Although I have filmed many times whilst at school, this talk did challenge me by forcing me to create an improvised tripod.

Alongside filming I got to do a little bit of photography too. The Natural Eye Exhibition gave me the chance to get behind the lens and take photos of the awards ceremony as well as the gallery which were used to promote the exhibition on social media.

Away from the gallery itself, the deadline for the Pastel Society’s Call For Entries passed and the selection process was underway. At the time there had been a few problems, some of the selectors were having problems using the website and for the first time I took a business phone call, which was very frightening, I had to find solutions to all the problems I was presented with but soon everything was sorted out.

One task that I had that appeared a lot, however in different forms, was research tasks. During November I researched into which artists are on  twitter in the ROI and  The Columbia Threadneedle Prize. I also researched whether the churches featured in The Painted Parish exhibition had social media accounts.

Finally, outside of both college and the workplace I have also learnt some valuable lessons. I have learnt to make the most of my time and also to schedule things I want to do, when I want to do them and how long it will take me to do it. My time at home has become more productive and everything I want to get done gets done.

November has definitely been filled with variety, challenging me in new and different forms. Now that it’s December I hope that I can finish 2015 on a high note and go into the new year with my head held high.

Here’s to a good Christmas!

Sasha Enticknap


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Adebanji Alade ROI, Rain and Reflections Cannon Street II, Detail

November at Mall Galleries

With four exhibitions, one Call for Entries deadline, one Open Exhibition opening for submissions, and the Final Selection for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize announced it's looking to be a busy November at Mall Galleries.

Call for Entries

Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Open for Submissions: 2 November

Submissions are invited to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2016 at Mall Galleries. The RP seeks submissions of new and traditional artistic models and perspectives in portraiture. 
More from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Pastel Society

Deadline for submissions: 6 November 

The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality. It is a registered charity, founded in 1898, widely recognised for its success in promoting and encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world.

If you would like to see the work that impressed the selectors last year you can see the 2015 Prize Winners here and Look Again at the 2015 Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Look Again.

If you are submitting, or have already submitted work, please remember to check after Noon on Friday 13 November to see if you have been pre-selected. 

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize

Final Selection Announced: Thursday 26 November

If you have been pre-selected for The Columbia Threadneedle Prize you will need to deliver your work to Mall Galleries on Saturday 21 November, between 10am to 5pm. 

Final Selection for the exhibition, will be announced at Noon on Thursday 26 November on The Columbia Threadneedle Prize website



The Natural Eye 2015

Until November 8

Dafilia Scott SWLA, Swifts over the Fen

The Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition moves in to its second week after a fantastic first week. The exhibition shows a range of contemporary work from both members and non-members which celebrates the wild whether it is close to home or further afield. 

If you can't make it to Mall Galleries to see the exhibition over 75% of the works are available to Browse and Buy here

Admission to the exhibition is £3 (£2.50 concessions) or free to Friends of Mall Galleries

The ING Discerning Eye

12 to 22 November

Emma Copley, The June field at sunset (detail)

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. 

For more information on the ING Discerning Eye please visit their website.

Admission Free. 

New Travel Inspired Paintings by Patrick Gibbs

24 to 28 November

Patrick Gibbs’ work is often inspired by his travels, and this exhibition will include paintings from trips to Brazil, Burma, Cuba, Morocco, Mozambique and Sri Lanka.

See Patrick's website for more information. 
Admission Free

Atelier: the Art of Representation

30 November to 4 December

November comes to a close with an exhibition 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.

Visit their website for more information on LARA and the exhibition.



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Emma Copley, The June field at sunset (detail)

My Second Month at Mall Galleries

In August we introduced you to our new Digital Assistant, Sasha Enticknap, who is working at Mall Galleries for one year on an apprenticeship programe.

In this month's update Sasha reveals what she's learnt in her two week training course and experiences back at the Gallery with Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition online.

The end of October signifies the end of my second month of working at Mall Galleries. Over the past month I have been provided with the chance to use the skills that I have been developing and what I had learnt during September, both at work and at Step Forward.

In the middle of October I spent two weeks with Step Forward as part of block training for my course. During these two weeks I used what I had learnt in September to create a website for my own fictional social media marketing business. I learnt what preparation is involved in creating a website , how it needs to have a structure, a theme and a colour scheme.

I created all the graphics that would be used in the website. This involved creating professional looking graphics and making sure that the dimensions were exactly right so that they fitted onto the page.

I did have a few problems whilst creating the website, sometimes I couldn’t manage to get the image dimensions right and the table that I used for the structure of the website didn’t always place sections exactly how I wanted them but in the end I created a professional website I was proud of

When I have been at Mall Galleries I was given various different tasks, during the first week of October I helped upload part of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters upcoming exhibition onto the website.

Another task that I’ve been given whilst at work included taking photographs during the Society of Wildlife Artists private view, which tested my reaction timing and my judgement on when to take a photograph as I had very little time to take a picture of someone receiving an award.

I was able to sit in on Darren Rees’ SWLA talk about his trip in the Antarctic aboard the HMS Protector. During the talk I made notes and took photographs of Darren speaking and of people looking at his sketchbooks.. I also tweeted quotes and photos I had taken during the talk.

I did come across one problem due to lighting as the lights were turned off in order for people to see the slideshow, I tested out what a photo would look like and took a couple during the talk when I felt that it was as good of a shot as I could take however most of the photos that was taken during the event was after the talk when the lighting was more ideal.

Outside of my work and coursework I also encountered other challenges. During the past month I had to learn how to budget my money for the first time and make sure that I had enough money to pay for all of my expenses whilst also getting estimates of how much things would cost me.

Travel was another challenge to me, there has been an occasion where my normal route has disrupted my journey to work and has caused me to search for an alternate route into getting into work.

October has been a challenging yet interesting month for me and I have enjoyed it immensely. During November I hope to continue facing new challenges and have more opportunities to further develop my skills and knowledge.

I can’t wait.

Sasha Enticknap


Image credit

Darren Rees, King Colony (detail)

My First Month at Mall Galleries

Last month we introduced you to our new Digital Assistant, Sasha Enticknap, who is working at Mall Galleries for one year on an apprenticeship programe.

In this post Sasha reveals what she's learnt in her first month, from social media skills and Photoshop, to publishing the forthcoming Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition online.

Now that September is over and October is starting, I have worked at Mall Galleries for a month. During this month I have learnt many new things about the role that social media plays in the business world as well as been challenged by the tasks that I have been set whilst working here.

From the lessons that I have taken at Step Forward, I have learnt how to use basic HTML, the theory of tribalism and how to use Photoshop to develop the basic skills that I will need for one of my modules which I will be studying over the next month whilst also providing me with basic skills that I would need whilst at work.

Whilst doing the many tasks I have had over the past month whilst working at Mall Galleries, I have had to apply my knowledge of basic HTML through uploading blog posts to the website and adding images to the body of the page.

On top of that, the tribalism theory that I have studied for the past month, has helped me with my research into different social media platforms and how we can target different ‘tribes’ of people and connect with them.

Lastly, during my lessons I have had time to use Photoshop and explore more complex ways of editing images. Although I have not applied the more complex ways of editing images, such as creating a ripple effect, in the workplace, I have still used skills that I have learnt before or from either my lessons or through Liam to edit images in Photoshop and make them ready for the website or for editing a video.

During my Personal Development sessions, I have worked with other associates on different pathways, as well as my own, and discussed scenarios that could possibly come up whilst at work as well as our own personal experiences that we have had, what has gone well, what hasn’t and our solutions.

However, I have done more than upload blog posts, research social media platforms and edit images on photoshop. Whilst at work I have learnt how to create an online exhibition for the website, the importance of the size of an image that you are uploading to the website, how to send bulk emails via MailChimp and how to create an interactive form from scratch to upload onto the website.

Some of these different tasks have been more challenging than others, whereas editing an image to make it’s size more appropriate to upload an image to the website was relatively easy to do, uploading an online catalogue for an upcoming exhibition challenged both my ability to focus and my time keeping ability.

But academia is not the only important thing that I have learnt whilst working at Mall Galleries, I have also had to learn how to adapt to a new environment. I have previously never worked in an office. I have had to see how others act and interact to understand the roles that each of my colleagues have as well as what is appropriate and what isn’t appropriate within the office.

One problem that I have faced whilst working here is where everything is and how to move between places. Within the first week I will admit I did get lost within the building whilst searching for the Main Gallery, however once I had used the route a couple of times it hasn’t been a problem since.

But, overall I have had a fantastic first month at Mall Galleries and have greatly enjoyed it. So far I have had no regrets on what I have done, and have worked to the best of my ability which I hope has been apparent through the work I’ve done so far as well as through my actions.

Over the next month I would like to successfully balance out both work and coursework, as I know that I will be starting a big module soon, as well as to continue to work to the best of my ability and face new challenges.

Bring on October!

Sasha Enticknap

Image credit

Alan Runagall RSMA, Home from the Race, River Orwell

October at Mall Galleries

Dafilia Scott SWLA, Swifts over the Fen

The Royal Society of Marine Artists and Society of Wildlife Artists return to Mall Galleries this month alongside two other popular exhibitions. There is also a busy month Call For Entries-wise with the deadline for submissions to The Columbia Threadneedle Prize fast approaching. 


Art for Youth

6 to 9 October

October begins with Art for Youth London exhibition which raises funds for the national charity, UK Youth, who support young people through a range of creative programmes to gain life-skills that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable.

During the exhibition, Art for Youth will be hosting two evening events. To find out more and buy tickets for the events click here.

Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Exhibition 2015

13 to 25 October

Later in the month the UK’s foremost showcase for contemporary miniature art, the highly esteemed Royal Miniature Society’s (RMS) annual exhibition comprises around 700 works each within a size limit of 6 by 4 inches.

Demonstrations will be held throughout the exhibition, for further details please visit the Royal Miniature Society's website.

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition

14 to 25 October

Margaret Heath RSMA, Sunrise at Tenby

Join the Royal Society of Marine Artists for their 70th Annual Exhibition celebrating the sea and the marine environment in all its variety. 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

The exhibition opens on 16 October but you can preview the majority of the exhibition online now.

During the exhibition members will be tutoring practical painting workshops in the Learning Centre (bookable in advance) and giving free demonstrations in the gallery.

There will also be a special Commissioning Conversation evening. Part of a series of events exploring the possibilities of commissioning art, Geoff Hunt PPRMSA, Dolores de Sade and Jeff Stultiens RP discuss their most recent commissions connected to the sea. Tickets for this event are £5 or free to Friends of Mall Galleries.

More from the Royal Society of Marine Artists


The Natural Eye 2015

29 October to 8 November

Dafilia Scott SWLA, Swifts over the Fen

Our exhibitions come to an end in October with the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition. The exhibition shows a range of contemporary work from both members and non-members which celebrates the wild whether it is close to home or further afield.

With the exhibition at the end of the month works from the exhibition are available to Browse & Buy online now.

There will be a number of events held during the exhibition including artist’s talks, portfolio day and printmaking workshops with Robert Greenhalf, Max Angus, and Kim Atkinson among others.

Admission to the exhibition is £3 (£2.50 concessions) or free to Friends of Mall Galleries.

More from the Society of Wildlife Artists


Call for Entries

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Open for Submisssions: 12 Noon, Monday 5 October

The RI seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting. Since its foundation in 1831, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) has promoted the essentially English art of watercolour. The RI was formed to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-members’ works alongside that of members, a policy still followed today.

If you are thinking of submitting work to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition then you can browse the 2015 exhibition now or if you wish to see which works caught caught the Prize Givers' eyes in 2015 you can see these works here

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize

Deadline to submit work: 12 Noon, Thursday 16 October

October sees the deadline to submit to one of the most valuable art prizes in the UK, awarded for figurative and representational art. Artists living or working in the UK and Europe are encouraged to submit fresh and topical paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, 3D works or reliefs that will excite our international panel of selectors. 

The overall winner of The Columbia Threadneedle Prize will receive £20,000 plus a solo exhibition in the Threadneedle Space at Mall Galleries. Five shortlisted artists each receive £1,000. The Visitors’ Choice Award, voted by visitors to the exhibition in London, is £10,000. 

In an unprecedented exchange, many of the works selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition at Mall Galleries, London in February 2016 will be invited to go on tour to Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, the city’s largest temporary exhibition space, for a special four-week exhibition opening in June 2016.

The Pastel Society

Deadline to submit work: 12 Noon, Friday 6 November

Though not in October itself, the deadline for submissions to the Pastel Society is early in November so warrants a mention in this round-up of events at Mall Galleries during October. 

The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality. If you are interested in submitting work to the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016 then Look Again at the 2015 exhibition to see the style of work that was on show there. Alternatively, take a look at the Prize Winners from the 2015 Exhibition.

Submit now to our Open Exhibitions via the Online Exhibition Submission System

Image credit

Dafilia Scott SWLA, Swifts over the Fen (detail)

The Federaton of British Artists takes a Step Forward

Meet the newest member of the Mall Galleries team: our Digital Assistant, Sasha.  

In this digital and social media age, the need for Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists to have a stronger presence on the internet and a complete digital strategy has become a necessity. Hence the past few years have seen new websites launched for the Mall Galleries, Royal Society of Marine Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, and increasing interaction with social media across the art societies for whom Mall Galleries is home (seven out of the eight national art societies within the Federation are now on Twitter and Facebook, while Mall Galleries has a popular presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, not forgetting Google+).

Crucially, the upgraded Mall Galleries website has enabled society exhibitions to be published and archived online, so that their Annual Exhibitions are available to view year round, from near or far, in the comfort of one's home, or 'on the move' via mobile phone or iPad even. 

Marrying the growing demands of the digital world and our commitment to education, we have partnered with Step Forward, a fully-supported London employment programme for ambitious school leavers and forward-thinking employers, to employ a school leaver as an apprentice to learn and contribute digital skills in a professional environment whilst also training for a qualification. 

Liam Kilby, Digital Manager

Through a new apprenticeship programme known as Step Forward, I have joined Mall Galleries as a Digital Assistant for the next twelve months.

Step Forward is a new apprenticeship programme that started in 2014, it is a one year programme that is designed to help 18-year-old school leavers in London create their own network in the working world. The programme is 12 months long and during these months the associates spend 4 days working for a company and 1 day training with their chosen pathway whilst receiving training for personal development.

During training days, associates train with experienced tutors from their selected pathway to obtain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma specific to their programme.

The Personal Development training has been designed to help them learn the unwritten rules of the workplace as well as to develop general workplace skills and working with different groups of people.

My chosen pathway is Social Media and Digital Marketing and throughout the next 12 months I will be learning:

  • How to use HTML
  • How to use Imaging Software
  • The importance of Keyword Optimisation
  • The importance of Social Media
  • How to create and maintain websites

The Step Forward programme began a few weeks ago and I have had one training session so far. During this session I have learnt the basics of HTML. This includes creating an HTML document, how to add text and images as well as how to change the colour of the text and background of the website.

As part of the Step Forward program, I will be working within Mall Galleries four days a week, where I will be applying the theory I have learnt during the training sessions. So far I have worked for the gallery for three days, during which I have sent emails, added myself to the team on the website, added referral and redirect links, created twitter cards and scheduled tweets on the twitter account for the gallery.

I hope to achieve my BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Social Media in Business whilst gaining new digital skills in a professional environment. I also hope that I will have no regrets and that I have done all of my tasks to the best of my abilities as well as to do many challenging projects during the year.

Sasha Enticknap, Digital Assistant


September at Mall Galleries

Self Portrait 1976, Charlotte Johnson Wahl

Summer comes to a close at Mall Galleries with seven diverse and excellent exhibitions.

Online Exhibition

The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition is not open until October 14 but the majority of the exhibition is now available to Browse & Buy online. On show are 260 works from the exhibition by some of the most celebrated marine artists at work today. 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.



The month began with Mall Galleries welcoming back for a second year Tribal Art London who invited a select group of 18 respected dealers and experts to display quality ethnographic art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas in the form of an Art Fair. If you would like to find out more about the exhibition Tribal Art London have published the exhibition catalogue on Issuu.


Minding Too Much: A Charlotte Johnson Wahl Retrospective.

Between 7 to 12 September Mall Galleries host a retrospective of Charlotte Johnson Wahl's work. Boldly provocative, wildly original, raw and compelling - this exhibition showcases the work of Charlotte Johnson Wahl. For too long Johnson Wahl has been eclipsed by her talented children: Mayor Boris Johnson MP, writer Rachel Johnson, environmentalist Leo Johnson and Number 10 Policy Maker, Jo Johnson MP.  This retrospective aims to redress the balance.

Charlotte Johnson Wahl, Maudsley (detail), 1974

On September 9 there is a talk on Art and Mental Health by Bethlem Gallery Director, Beth Elliott and colleague Victoria Northwood, Head of Archives at Bethlem Gallery. Tickets for the talk cost £5 or are free to Mall Galleries Friends. To book your place call 020 7930 6844. 

To see a small preview of the works in the exhibition visit now.

Charlotte Johnson Wahl's daughter, Rachel, has written a wonderful article on The Times website about her mother. 

14 September to 19 September sees three exhibitions open at the same time.

 The What Is The Point? exhibition, now in its third year, will be a group show of 35 artists living and working in both the UK and abroad. Each artist is creating a new artwork especially for the exhibition, drawing inspiration from, and attempting to answer the question, ‘What Is The Point?’ The works will be in a variety of 2D media.

In the Main Gallery The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious prizes for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK, returns to Mall Galleries. 

Judging the Prize Winners from Parker Harris on Vimeo.

The judges discuss the reasons behind their selection of the 2015 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition prize winners.

In the North Gallery there is the British Wildlife Photography AwardsThe exhibition seeks to encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage and raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats. To see the award categories visit now. 

Admission is free to all three exhibitions.

Passion for Freedom 

The annual PASSION FOR FREEDOM Art Festival is a rare collection of international works of "courageous artists" who have answered three pivotal questions:

What is freedom?

How easy is it to lose it?

How hard is it to get it back?

Passion for Freedom is at Mall Galleries between 21 - 26 September. For more information on the artists and work on show visit now. 

September finishes with an exhibition of wildlife sculpture from Bruce LittleSelf-taught and instinctual, Bruce Little sculpts to capture the spirit of the wild African creatures he has observed and guarded for most of his life as a Ranger and Conservationist in the game reserves of Londolozi and Singita in South Africa.



Call for Entries

The Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition is open for submissions from Monday 7 September at noon. The RBA seeks submissions of work displaying the highest standards of skill, expression and concept of draughtsmanship. For more information about how to submit your work visit the RBA's Call for Entries page now.

Submissions for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize continue throughout September.  The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is one of the UK's most valuable art prizes with a First Prize of £20,000 plus your own exhibition at Mall Galleries. 

Submission also continue to be received for the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016. The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality. 

Work for these Open Exhibitions must be submitted online using the Mall Galleries Open Exhibition Submission Website

For those artists who have been pre-selected for the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition 2015 the receiving day for works is 13 September between 10am - 5pm with the Final Selection on Monday 14 and Selection Notification published on Tuesday 15 September from 2pm


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Self Portrait 1976, Charlotte Johnson Wahl

Juliette Palmer RBA (1930 – 2015)

It is with sadness that we report the passing of the artist Juliette Palmer, member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).

Palmer exhibited very regularly at Mall Galleries throughout her career, for twenty-five years with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, fifteen years with the New English Art Club, and twenty years with the Royal Society of British Artists, of which Juliette was a loyal member.

Juliette Palmer RBA, Duomo Palermo Stupendo

Palmer will be well remembered for her watercolours, which she painted with simple and straightforward tools – just a sable brush, artist’s watercolour tubes, a B pencil (or thereabouts) and a soft eraser on watercolour paper – which gave, in Juliette’s own words: “ evocation of place that will rekindle the viewer’s own fugitive experience.” Palmer was especially pleased whenever her work conveyed the impact of a newly discovered place, grasping its essence by the use of some particular colours, or some slightly quirky focus or viewpoint.

Juilette Palmer RBA, Under the Pembrokeshire Sky

Palmer studied at the East Essex School of Art from 1946 to 1950, the Institute of Education, London, from 1950 to 1951, before working as an art and craft teacher in secondary schools during the 1950s. As an artist, Juliette exhibited her paintings at galleries nationwide, for which she won many awards and prizes, including the 1996 Laing Landscape Competition and the St. Cuthbert’s Mill Prize at the Royal West of England Academy in 2000. Particularly close to Palmer’s heart was her work as author, illustrator and designer of her own children’s books.

Juilette Palmer, Fonduk Marrakesh

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Juliette Palmer RBA, Fonduk Marrakesh (detail)