The Pastel Society

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'Blue Garden 2'
Bess Avery

The Pastel Society is a registered charity, widely recognised for its success in promoting and 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

Dates for 2017 Annual Exhibition

• Pre-Submission opens on Monday 1st August 2016, 12 noon 

• Pre-Submission closes on Friday 4th November 2016, 12 noon

• Log in for results of Pre-Submission on Friday 11th November. 12 noon

  to see if your work has been pre-selected

• If pre-selected, please deliver your work on the Receiving day.

• Receiving Day Saturday 7th January 2017. 10am - 5pm.

• Selection Monday 9th January 2017.

• Notification of acceptance posted on
  on Tuesday 10th January 2017 12 noon.

• Collection of unaccepted work Thursday 12th January 10am - 5pm

• Private View Monday 20th February 2pm - 8pm

• Open to the public Tuesday 21st February. 10am to 5pm

• Exhibition closes Saturday 4th March 3pm.

• Collection of unsold work Thursday 9th March 10am-5pm.

Featured Artist

Bess Avery
Avery Bess Garden 1

by Bess Avery



Grays Thurrock Tech. Diploma Art & Design.
Middlesex Uni. B.A. Hon. Fine Art
East London University M.A. Fine Art
C&G Teaching Adult Education

Artists Statement

I began my study of Fine Art as a mature student after my family had grown up. Although Fine Art was a subject I had always wanted to pursue, I began my education later in life.
Taking the opportunity to study, I attended Middlesex University and East London University, and later became a member of the Pastel Society.
Most of my work has been based on collections of natural forms from walks and trips, whether from woods or meadows, coast or gardens.
Each collection reminds me of the place, environment and season. They are chosen by whatever I find attracts me, colour, texture or whatever else.
When I bring them back to my studio I work on in-depth drawings of the objects. Later I produce drawings using only the structure and characteristics of the object.
My main interest recently has been plant life and flowers; I have always enjoyed the work by botanical artists.
The variety is endless, and easy to obtain, whether bought or collected. Also my own garden and other peoples’ gardens have inspired my work.
Pastel has been a very good medium for my work. When I first worked with pastel I found it quite challenging, but after experimenting, I soon found a way of using pastel which suited my approach and worked well with the medium. I like the immediacy of pastel and the colour range.
I also think it is important to find a support that suits your technique.

The image shown above was the Cover Image for the 2014 Pastel Society Annual Exhibition.


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