The Pastel Society
Sponsored by Derwent  


 ' Almost There '
by Joanne Last

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.
See below for details of the Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Award of £5000 for
an artist under the age of 35 years.

The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
Telephone: 020 7930 6844

The 2016 Annual Exhibition of the Pastel Society will be opened by the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe DSG, former Conservative Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1987 until 2010.

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016 will be Sponsored by Derwent

Exhibition Dates.

The Pastel Society (PS) Annual Exhibition 2016

Pre-submission opens: Monday 3 August 2015, 12 noon

Pre-submission closes: Friday 6 November, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 13 November, 12 noon
Receiving: Saturday 9 January 2016, 10-5

Selection: Monday 11 January

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 12 January, 12 noon

Unaccepted collection: Thursday 14 January, 10-5

Private View: Monday 22 February, 2-8

Exhibition open: Tuesday 23 February

Art Event: Tuesday 1st March 6pm until 9pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 5 March, 3pm

Unsold collection: Thursday 10 March, 10-5

Please note all submission will be digitally Pre-Selected. If Pre-Selected then works must be handed in on the Receiving Day. Submission Fee £15 per work, payable at the time of submitting online, or £10 per work for artists age 35 or under.

The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary pastel, combining traditional skills with creative originality.

Acceptable media

Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conté, sanguine, or any dry media.


Maximum of six works submitted.
Maximum of four works selected.
Minimum price: £300.

Awards & Prizes

Numerous prizes and awards are available to win including the Caran d’Ache Sponsor’s Award.

'The Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Award' at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition.
The Award will be for £5000.

The Zsuzsi Roboz Prize is an award to recognise Zsuzsi’s enormous contribution to draughtsmanship, to be awarded at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition. Zsuzsi Roboz was distinguished member of the Pastel Society who died in 2012.
This award was bequeathed in Trust and will be awarded to a young artist, under the age of 35 years, for their traditional skills, used in an original way. All subject matter will be considered.

The Judges will be encouraged to award the Prize to the artist, submitting through the open entry to the exhibition, who demonstrates a particular excellence in draughtsmanship and innovative thought.

Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conté, sanguine, or any dry media are all acceptable.
New Unison Colour Award.

'For 2016 a new exciting Award from Unison Colour. £1500 will be awarded to a young artist under the age of 35 years, working in soft pastel. This award celebrates the use of soft pastel as a primary medium and is being awarded to encourage young artists to work with this inspiring medium'

To view all Pastel Society Awards go to the Awards page of the website.

To Download the FBA Call for Entry click here. [Download]

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