The Mall Galleries in central London are a national focus for living figurative artists both established and emerging. The galleries show contemporary work in different media and hold a number of annual societies’ exhibitions in addition to hosting several art prizes. The galleries also have an extensive programme of education activities and outreach work.
With a front door entry off the Mall, and within the original historic stable block of Carlton House terrace, the grade 1 listed premises extend as a single storey space along the Mall frontage and back under the dwellings to the north.
Our brief was to transform one of the two principal gallery spaces to give a ‘differentness’ to the character of the space and to improve access and flexibility.
Exposing elements of the existing fabric through the removal of the suspended ceiling and selected wall panels reveals the existing windows and soffits and increases the volume of the gallery. An operable screen divides the galleries when required. The introduction of natural light transforms the perception of the gallery interior and its relationship with the outside, and a hinged shutter system allows light to be excluded or diffused.
The new arrangement is to fully exploit the remarkable location of the gallery and to further extend its reputation as a major gallery venue in London.