The Pastel Society
Sponsored by Caran d'Ache

by Bess Avery

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 2015 Sponsored by Caran d'Ache.

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
Further details and dates will be available in the near future.

To view the 2014 catalogue:

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

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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