10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

12 August 2019 to 18 August 2019
Threadneedle Space

Admission Free

Presenting this year’s Annual Exhibition by The Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, London’s largest life drawing class.

The Society was founded in 1930 to offer artists the chance to draw direct from the figure, without tuition, in a friendly, collegiate atmosphere, and has been running ever since. At their weekly classes, 100 or so members come together to sketch from four models: three nude (in 15 minute, 30 minute, and 2 hour poses), and one clothed.

During these sessions, members study proportion, perspective and form as they put down on paper the human figure, perhaps the most difficult of subjects: more than just shapes and shadows, but muscles and bones; poses with dynamics, each singular in gesture and personality.

The more we draw, the harder we look, the better we learn to express ourselves and the bodies before us  - Simon Whittle, President of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society.

This year the Society welcomed three young artists under a new bursary scheme, Bartholomew Beal, Lucy Savage and Jonathan Farningham, whose works will be among the one hundred or so on display.

Through a year's worth of sketches, paintings and drawings by the members, the exhibition gives an excellent overview of the excitement and struggle involved in life drawing and interpreting the contemporary nude today.

Follow the Hesketh Hubbard Bursary Recipients on Instagram

There are also a number of Life Drawing and Painting workshops taking place during Mall Galleries' Workshop Week 26 to 31 August.

Discover the Life Drawing and Painting Workshops

Selected Works

Drawing 38

Bartholomew Beal
Conté, 31 x 34 cm, SOLD


Jacquie Binns
Pastel, 48 x 38 cm, £400


Roger Brackin
Digital drawing, 44 x 54 cm, £250

Nude (I)

Olga Brown
Pastel, 48 x 32 cm, £450
Jennifer Bush Vanessa


Jennifer Bush
Graphite, 34 x 28.5 cm, £75

Contorted Rest in Pastel

Zuleika Carter
Pastel, 46 x 62.5 cm, £210

Winter Sun

Joan Coles
Pencil & pastel, 27 x 31.5 cm, £85


Peter Cox
Pastel, 98 x 75 cm, £180


Robert Cunnew HH
Pastel, 65 x 55 cm, £240

Dani - Pink - 2019

Pauline Cushnie
Oil, 36 x 30 cm, £250


Lesley Dabson
Oil, 39 x 30 cm, £290


Jeremy Deacon
Watercolour, 47 x 66 cm, £360

Long Haired Lady

Liz Elmhirst
Watercolour, 46 x 34 cm, £350


Rodney Englefield
Pastel, 39 x 31 cm, £120

Leaning Nude

Feza Erkeller-Yuksel
Monoprint (oil), 52 x 42 cm, £180


Jonathan Farningham
Charcoal, 83 x 63 cm, £700

Lady in Red

Amanda Fry
Oil, 46 x 41 cm, £269


Denise Galvan
Oil, 43 x 32.5 cm, £450


John R Govett
Acrylic, 30 x 36 cm, £300
Anthony Haines Mother and Daughter

Mother & Daughter

Anthony Haines
Pencil, 43 x 35 cm, £400


Peter Hanbury
Pencil, 88 x 64 cm, £250


Tanja Hassel
Acrylic, 40 x 35 cm, £347

The Wine Lake

Peter Haycroft
Oil, 70 x 100 cm, £1,200


Geoff Holmes
Pencil, 44 x 34 cm, £275


Nick Hope
Charcoal & chalk, 37 x 30 cm, £190

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