The Pastel Society
Sponsored by Caran d'Ache

 ' Red Gateway, Japanese Garden, Kyoto '
by Brian Plummer

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 Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2015 Sponsored by Caran d'Ache.

To Download an Invitation to the 2015 Private View on Monday 23rd February please [click here]

To Browse and Buy

To view the 2015 Pastel Society catalogue:

Exhibition Dates For 2015.

Please note the Pastel Society Exhibition has moved to February/March

Private View: Monday 23 February, 2pm-8pm
Opens to public: Tuesday 24 February, 10am-5pm
Closes: Saturday 7th March, 3pm

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.

Submit online: 1st September until 5th December 2014.
Login for results: 12th December 2014.
Receiving Day: 10th January 2015.
Check for results: 13th January 2015.
Unaccepted Collection: 15th January 2015.
Unsold Collection: 12th March 2015.

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. Visit

New for 2015 '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 a new award to recognise Zsuzsi’s enormous contribution to draughtsmanship, to be awarded at the Pastel Society Annual Exhibition.

Awarded to a young artist, under the age of 35 years, for their traditional skills, used in an original way. 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. Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conté, sanguine, or any dry media are all acceptable.

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

To View 'What's On' at the Mall Galleries

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