The Pastel Society
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The Pastel Society
Encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world. The Society was founded in 1898, and the first exhibition held in the Royal Institute in Piccadilly. Founder members and early exhibitors included Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts. There are currently over fifty-five Members who are professional artists living and working in this country and overseas. Membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and enthusiasm.
The Society pursues its aims through education and example. It is currently responsible for organising exhibitions, tutorial workshops, demonstrations and lectures throughout the UK. The Society's major showcase is the Annual Exhibition held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This is open to entries from both Members and Non-Members. Awards are made to works of particular note. Workshops and demonstrations are also provided throughout the duration of the exhibition.
The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Telephone: 020 7930 6844
Pastel Society 2018 Exhibition Dates
The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary pastel and dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality.
Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of The Pastel Society at their Annual Exhibition 2018.
- Exhibition open: Tuesday 20 February, 10am - 5pm
- Exhibition closes: Saturday 3 March, 3pm
- Collection of unsold work: Thursday 8 March, 10am - 5pm
Prizes & Awards (subject to confirmation)
There are a number of prizes and awards available to win, including:
Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Prize The prize of £5,000 will be awarded to a young artist, aged 35 years or under, for traditional skills, used in an original way. All subject matter will be considered. The Judges will be encouraged to award the Prize to an artist who demonstrates a particular excellence in draughtsmanship and innovative thought. Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media are all acceptable. The award is to recognise Zsuzsi Roboz's enormous contribution to draughtsmanship.
Derwent Sponsor's Award
Unison Young Artist Award
Unison Colour Product Award
Unison Members Award
Royal Talens/Rembrandt Award
The Artist Magazine Award
Artists & Illustrators Magazine Award
The Pastel Society Young Artist Award
PS Catalogue Award 1st & 2nd Prize for a Non Member
Caran d'Ache Award
West Design/Faber Castell Award
Frank Herring & Sons Award
The Annie Longley Award
Henri Roché Award
Visitors' Choice Award
To read or download the October 2017 Pastel Society Newsletter [Download]
Previous issues are available on the Archive Page of this site.