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


Dmitri Shaklanoff
Pastel, 43 x 32.5 cm, NFS


David Shillito
Pencil, 56 x 41.5 cm, £200


Peter Silverman
iPad drawing, 45 x 37 cm, £200


Pamela Sinclair
Pastel, 55 x 43.5 cm, £200

Barrie at Kingsgate

Desmond Sloane
Oil, 32 x 26 cm, £250


Desmond Sloane
Watercolour, 45 x 32 cm, £150

2-day Charcoal Life Study of Carla

Sue Smith
Charcoal, 87 x 65 cm, £390

Adrian Pondering the Riemann Hypothesis

Philip Stones
Acrylic ink, 64 x 48.5 cm, £500


Tony Swann
Charcoal, 58 x 48 cm, NFS


Tony Swann
Oil, 63 x 53 cm, £695


Terry Symmons
Soluble graphite, 32 x 45 cm, £280

Seated Model

Frances Tipton
Pastel, 49 x 39 cm, £295

Bianca E Nera

Alexandra Veres
Oil, 57 x 45.5 cm, £419


Pete Wane
Pastel, 73 x 87 cm, £650

Standing Nude

Peter Wareham
Pen ink wash, 25 x 50 cm, £90


Ann Whitehead
Collage, 43 x 53 cm, £250

Portrait of an Artist

Nigel Whitehead
Digital print, 43 x 33 cm, £100


Simon Whittle (President)
Ink, 40 x 30 cm, £250

Queen B

Vivien Torr Wichel
Pastel & charcoal, 68 x 58 cm, £500

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