Though the gallery is closed to the public Mall Galleries remains busy and open online.

This month we have been celebrating the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. 

Available exclusively online, the exhibition is the largest of its kind in the world. Last week, despite the gallery closure, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours were able to award 18 prizes to artists with the support of their generous prize-givers.

From Exhibitions, Events and Call for Entries, below is a round-up of all that is happening at Mall Galleries in April, including details of the prize-winning watercolour artists.


As always, work from the Federation of British Artists Annual Exhibitions is available to browse and buy online. We would like to thank those who are continuing to buy work during this time and helping to support the Federation and our artists.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, showcasing over 400 of the best contemporary water-based media paintings from around the globe.

Deborah Walker RI RSMA Quiet Watercolour 89 x 147 cm £5,300

Showing a diversity of styles and techniques, the exhibition is an annual survey of how contemporary artists are using this age-old medium and a great place to pick up vibrant, original works with prices starting from £350.

Discover the exhibition now

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition is online now to browse and enjoy. There is always so much to see in this exhibition, from the faces depicted in the portraits, both famous and unfamiliar, to the wide variety of high-quality paintings. It is a celebration of the very best in contemporary portraiture nationally and internationally.

Peter Brown PNEAC RP ROI PS Hon RBA Hattie in the Yellow Room

To encourage this unique genre, we run a commissions service throughout the year to help you commission a work of your own.

Our Head of Portrait Commissions Annabel Elton is available to discuss any portrait commission enquiries you may have.

In an upcoming series, Annabel describes portraiture as something that "brings happiness, hopefully, it shows love, and is a legacy of an object of beauty, as well as a sentiment to cast into the future."

Begin your Portrait Journey with our Commissions Service


Though we cannot welcome you to the gallery at the moment we are continuing on with our much-loved Drawing Sessions. Join us as we travel via webcam to the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Jose Gonzalez-Bueno’s Trevi Nocturne will act as our inspiration as we all sit down in front of our computers between 10 am and 12 noon on Thursday 16 April with our sketchbooks, pencils and paint and watch the live feed from SkyLine Webcams and draw along.

Drawing Session: The Trevi Fountain

On the Blog

We have continued to publish articles to our blog, and our artists have responded magnificently to the closure of the gallery in helping us to do this.

Via text, audio, video and images the prize-winning works from the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours can be found here:

George Butler, who won the Winsor & Newton Award discusses his work.

During the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Paul Banning RI RSMA was due to discuss his sketchbooks in the gallery. Instead, he has written of his experiences of sketching around the world taking us on a tour from an old cobblers shop in Holland to Petra and on to his birthplace, Trinidad.

Similarly, Tony Hunt RI has for several years given informal tours of the exhibition. Tony's starting point is to look for paintings which change or expand our ideas of what a watercolour painting is and he writes of how artists in the exhibition are challenging some of the traditional conventions of watercolour painting.  

Watercolours on the blog:

Buy Art

Our online sales platform continues through this period and we have a new selection of almost 100 works available to buy now. You can discover the works via our Issuu catalogue or via the link below

Buy Art | Buy Now

Rob Pointon AROI Visitors to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition £1,650

Rob Pointon's Visitors to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition typifies a lot of what Mall Galleries and the Federation of British Artists is about. Art lovers intensely enjoying the work on the walls while one of our member artists is present and creating in the gallery. Something we will see happening again soon.

Call for Entries

At the end of April, the Royal Society of Marine Artists Call for Entries opens for their Annual Exhibition that we will host in the autumn. 

In 2018, Frances Bell RP was awarded the New Generation Award. In the video below, Frances talks inspirationally about the beauty and challenges of painting the marine environment.

Discover last year's prize-winners from the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibitions 


Your Support is Key

The FBA’s unique charitable role in supporting British artists, at the heart of which are 600 member artists, will continue as we present a crop of new work online to browse and enjoy - but also to buy. You can make a donation below or click here to discover more about donating to the Federation of British Artists

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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