'Stargazer and Lisianthus'
by John Ivor Stewart

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

The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2014 Sponsored by Caran d'Ache.

Exhibition Dates

Private View: Monday 9 June, 2pm-8pm
Opens to public: Tuesday 10 June, 10am-5pm
Closes: Saturday 21 June, 4pm

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

Online Submission

Opens: Thursday 19 Dec 2013, midday
Closes: Thursday 20 Mar 2014, midday
Notification of pre-selection posted on on Thursday 27 Mar
(If pre-selected, please deliver your work on the specified Receiving Days) If artists have missed the Pre-Selection deadline work may still be handed in on Receiving days for this year only.

Receiving Days

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 Apr, 10am-5pm Notification of acceptance posted on on Thursday 17 Apr

Collection of Unaccepted Work

Saturday 19 Apr,10am-5pm

Collection of Unsold Exhibition Work

Thursday 26 June, 10am-5pm

To Download the Call for Entry [Download]

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

Registration Packs and Submission Forms can also be downloaded here [Download]

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