"On the Way to the Scrap Heap" by Laura Arenson
"Natalie with Oranges" by Glenys Ambrus PS ARCA
"A Moment; Hazy Ullswater, The Lake District" by Simon Hodges VPPS
"Go Figure" by Michele Ashby PS PSA-MP IAPS-MC SWA ASGFA IEA
"Ranunculas" by Liz Balkwill PS
"Slow Dance" by David Brammeld PS RBA RBSA SPDF MAFA

2024 Annual Exhibition held at the Mall Galleries the Mall London SW1

The 125th Anniversary Exhibition Guest Speaker was:

Michael Spender FSA, Hon RWS

Michael Spender is a writer and art historian and presently Head of Culture for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He has been Director of the Bankside Gallery and Secretary of the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Director of the Embroiderers' Guild and Manager of Poole Museum.


The Pastel Society presented two new prizes in the 125th Anniversary Year.

In memory of a great artist and former Pastel Society President
THE TOM COATES MEMORIAL PRIZE of £2,000 for the best non-member work in the exhibition.  Selected and presented by Tom’s wife, the artist Mary Jackson NEAC RWS.

A second new prize of £500 - THE PRESIDENTS PRIZE for the best work by an artist under 35. 

Featured Artist

Cheryl Culver PPPS RBA

Personal Statement:

I am a landscape painter because the countryside is the place where I feel most at ease. I do feel it is possible to have a spiritual connection with the natural world, and I hope that my paintings reflect this. 

It is good to be humbled by nature and what better than a vast and powerful landscape or a mighty oak tree to do just that. Mankind needs to learn his place in the grand scheme of things. We have an amazing world around us, which survives in spite of all we do to destroy it. If one painting can communicate some of this magic, then a miracle has occurred. On another level, the natural world has its own symmetry. To me, as an artist, it is a matter of following the rules of that symmetry, and the painting will create its own conviction without the aid of photographic realism.

To draw the landscape is the point of contact. It is the most important part of the process --- the catalyst for the final work.

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