Mall Galleries, 2016
Mall Galleries in central London is a national focus for living figurative artists, both established and emerging, showing contemporary work in many different media. The galleries curate a busy programme of exhibitions, including those of a number of artist societies, in addition to hosting several art prizes, and supporting extensive education activities and outreach work. With an entrance on the Mall, and galleries housed within the historic stable block of Carlton House Terrace, the grade 1 listed accommodation extends along the Mall below the historic dwellings. Mall Galleries is operated by the Federation of British Artists, a visual arts charity that receives no on-going public funding; the galleries rely on their income from events, exhibitions, sales commissions, Friends and Patrons.
Working with the gallery over several years we have transformed the principal gallery space, to increase appeal whilst improving access and flexibility. By the removal of more recent suspended ceilings and wall linings we have exposed elements of the underlying structure, including previously hidden windows and soffits, to increase the volume of the gallery space and transform its character. The introduction of natural light into the gallery has also changed the perception of the interior and its relationship with the outside. A system of blinds allows light to be excluded or diffused, depending upon the needs of each exhibition, whilst glimpses of the interior help to entice passing visitors into the gallery, its new bookshop and remodelled cafe. The galleries now fully exploit their location, and help to further extend Mall Galleries’ reputation as a major venue in London.