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The Federation of British Artists (FBA) is a registered charity and the umbrella organisation for nine leading art societies, listed on the left. Its aim is to inspire, educate and involve the public in the appreciation and practice of fine art by contemporary artists. The FBA is a unique national resource boasting 614 artist -members whose exhibitions attract over 10,000 artists through open submissions.

FBA exhibitions are artist-led. Work from open submissions is selected by leading artists in their field forming a showcase of the very best recent work. The exhibitions are themed by medium or subject-matter allowing artist and members of the public to study a particular area of interest.

The artists like to be approachable so there is usually an artist in attendance in the gallery, artists also give lectures, take workshops and run exhibition tours to deepen the understanding of their art. The Mall Galleries receive about 60,000 visitors a year.

The art is for sale to benefit artist and visitor alike and the FBA runs a commissions service which helps people to find the right artist when they want to commission a special work of art.

The FBA is supported by some 2,400 Friends whose privileges include invitations to private views and other special events where they can meet the artists. .

FBA exhibitions are a benchmark for artists and provide a forum in which their work can be critically assessed. Demonstrations, workshops and weekly life-drawing sessions are held to enhance artists' knowlege and skills. Further encouragement is given through over 100 prizes and awards which are distributed throughout the year.

The skills of our members are shared via many projects throughout the country such as The New English Art Club’s excellent drawing school and summer courses; the Royal Society of British Artists’ highly successful scheme to achieve special Visual Arts status for many schools; the Pastel Society workshops; and the Society of Wildlife Artists’ 'Aig an Oir’ project which brings contemporary wildlife art to remote communities and raises the public's awareness of the ecological and cultural heritage of the region. Member Societies also hold regional exhibitions throughout the year

Throughout the year the Mall Galleries are host to numerous art competitions, such as the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Water Colour competition, the Discerning Eye and the Not the Turner Prize. The Mall Galleries also serve as a venue for external art societies’ exhibitions, one man shows, group shows and charitable events such as Art for Youth and charity fundraising evenings. The FBA has also initiated Originals, the contemporary printmaking show.

The FBA education department aims to extend the visual arts audience. It runs a Primary Schools Programme; at present the programme concentrates on children in deprived areas of Brent, many of whom have never been to central London, or visited an art gallery. A pilot scheme is also underway to reach out to visually impaired children in secondary school education.
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