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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
www.mallgalleries.org.uk

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.
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How to Submit:

  • ALL work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:
  • Upload images of work at http://mallgalleries.oess.uk between Monday 31 July and Friday 3 November 2017, 2noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]
  • Check http://mallgalleries.oess.uk on Friday 10 November, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected
  • If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD
  • Check www.mallgalleries.org.uk on Tuesday 9 January, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition
  • If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Thursday 11 January, 10am - 5pm

Important Dates:

  • Submission opens: Monday 31 July 2017, 12 noon
  • Submission closes: Friday 3 November, 12 noon
  • Pre-selection notification: Friday 10 November, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]
  • Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm
  • Acceptance notification: Tuesday 9 January, 12 noon
  • Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 11 January, 10am - 5pm
  • Exhibition open: Tuesday 20 February, 10am - 5pm
  • Exhibition closes: Saturday 3 March, 3pm
  • Collection of unsold work: Thursday 8 March, 10am - 5pm

Conditions:

  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media.
  • Submission fee: £15 per work (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
  • Work must have been completed during the twelve months prior to the exhibition and not have been exhibited elsewhere.
  • Maximum of six works submitted. Maximum of four works selected.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £300.

    Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU or elsewhere are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs. Artists without a UK residence (known as 'NETPs' - non-established taxable persons) can find further details on 'NETP' status and how to register for VAT at www.hmrc.gov.uk (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading 'Should I be registered for VAT?' Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0300 200 3700 or Outside UK: +44 2920 501 261.
  • Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post - Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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
Schmincke Award
Caran d'Ache Award
West Design/Faber Castell Award
Frank Herring & Sons Award
The Annie Longley Award
Henri Roché Award
Visitors Award

To read or download the October 2017 Pastel Society Newsletter [Download]

Previous issues are available on the Archive Page of this site.

Sealed Bids

Each year at the Annual Exhibition Members of the Pastel Society donate a small picture for the Sealed Bids Fund Raising. A minimum bid is £180. The highest bidder will win the painting / drawing. This bid will remain valid for four weeks and if the monies are not paid then the next highest bidder will be contacted. Forms for bidding will be available at the Mall Galleries during the exhibition or can be downloaded from here. [Download]

Please send Bid Forms to: The Pastel Society Sealed Bids, Exhibitions Officer, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD.

Featured Artist

Janine Baldwin
Textures of Snow at Scarborough Janine Baldwin sized
' Textures of Snow at Scarborough '
by Janine Baldwin

 

Janine Baldwin PS 

Biographical Details:

1998 - 2001
BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree
University of York, Scarborough Campus
(now affiliated with University of Hull)
1995 - 1997
GNVQ Advanced Art & Design
A-Level Art
Creative School of Arts, Scarborough

Societies:

The Pastel Society

Artist's Statement:

My work is the expression of a lifelong affinity with the landscape. I live on the North Yorkshire coast of the UK, and this location is a constant source of inspiration to my painting. My interest lies not in making a literal representation of nature but rather in celebrating the physical sensory experience of land and sea. As a result, the semi-abstract paintings are vibrant and energetic, combining gestural marks and the use of rich evocative colour.
Associations arise from the colours and lines - a fresh green may be reminiscent of new foliage in springtime, a round shape may recall pebbles smoothed by the waves. I use a gradual layering of paint to create my work, and oil sticks (oil paint in solid form) are often used to integrate drawing and painting. Recently drawing has been central to my work and I have used pastel, charcoal and graphite to explore mark-making. Influences include Abstract Expressionism (particularly Willem de Kooning), Joan Eardley, Cy Twombly and Cornish art.
I have exhibited extensively across the UK, including with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Society of Women Artists, and the Pastel Society UK, London. I am honoured to have won awards for my work such as The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award in 2014, the Haworth Prize in 2015, and the Unison Colour Young Artists Award in 2016, London. This year I am excited to have been elected a member of the prestigious Pastel Society, London. I have work in private collections across the UK and Europe, Africa, Mexico and the US.

Selected Exhibitions:

'Royal Academy Summer Exhibition', The Royal Academy of Arts, London
'The Haworth Prize' at the 'New English Art Club Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London
'Pastel Society Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Cambridge Art Fair 2016, represented by Watermark Gallery
'Painting: Light of the North', According to McGee, York
'A Woman's View', Blue Tree Gallery, York
'Society of Women Artists 150th Annual Exhibition', Mall Galleries, London
The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
Cricket Fine Art, London
Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, Cornwall
'Bath Society of Artists 100th Exhibition', Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

Awards, Prizes, Membership:

2017 - Elected a member of the Pastel Society, London
2017 - Highly Commended Work in Monochrome Prize from STABILO UK, Society of Graphic Fine Art 'DRAW17' Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
2017 - The Picture Framing Workshop Prize, Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, York
2016 - The Unison Colour Young Artist Award, at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2015 - The Haworth Prize, at the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2014 - The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award, at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2006 - Shortlisted for 'Art Scholarship for Rural & Landscape Artists', Royal Bath & West of England Society

Collections:

Sir Alan and Lady Heather Ayckbourn
Private collections across the UK and Europe, Africa, Mexico and the US.


Go to https://www.janinebaldwin.com/ to view full CV and website

Details of the following images are shown on the banner:

' Frozen II '
' Silence '
' Soft Morning '
' Stormy Skies '


     


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