The Pastel Society

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' Mist over Hallsands '
Sarah Bee

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

Dates for 2017 Annual Exhibition

• Pre-Submission opens on Monday 1st August 2016, 12 noon 

• Pre-Submission closes on Friday 4th November 2016, 12 noon

• Log in for results of Pre-Submission on Friday 11th November. 12 noon

  to see if your work has been pre-selected

• If pre-selected, please deliver your work on the Receiving day.

• Receiving Day Saturday 7th January 2017. 10am - 5pm.

• Selection Monday 9th January 2017.

• Notification of acceptance posted on
  on Tuesday 10th January 2017 12 noon.

• Collection of unaccepted work Thursday 12th January 10am - 5pm

• Private View Monday 20th February 2pm - 8pm

• Open to the public Tuesday 21st February. 10am to 5pm

• Exhibition closes Saturday 4th March 3pm.

• Collection of unsold work Thursday 9th March 10am-5pm.

Featured Artist

Sarah Bee

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 'Summer Meadow Churchyard'
by Sarah Bee


Sarah Bee PS

Biographical Details:

Sarah gained a Dip AD in Graphic Design at Maidstone College of Art and later worked as a grphic designer for National Magazines.

Later she worked as a make-up artist and bodypainter for commercial photography and film.

Sarah studied painting at Heatherleys School of Fine Art and subsequently painted with the Blockley Group.

It was during this time that she was introduced to pastels.

In 2005 she was elected to the Pastel Society.

Living in South Devon, Sarah draws inspiration from the landscape.

Constantly evolving methods and style allow her to effectively portray the changing seasons and light.

Sarah works in the studio from sketches made on location.

Paintings are achieved by working on board and layering gesso, acrylic and finally pastel.


The Pastel Society.




Caran d'Ache Award 2014
The Unison Pastel Award 2012
Frank Herring Award 2011
Sarah Samuels Fine Painting Award 2008
Linda Blackstone Gallery Award 2006
Alexander Prowse Award 2005
The Mall Gallery, London
Hicks Gallery, Wimbledon
First View Gallery, Stourhead
Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth
Walker Galleries, Harrogate
John Noott Gallery

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Work on display at Coombe Gallery Dartmouth.

Sarah has completed corporate commissions and has her work in private collections in the UK and Europe.




West Dean College, West Sussex

Jack Beck House Yorkshire Dales

Coombe Farm Studios South Devon




Article in 'The Pastel Journal' USA October 2014
Article in 'The Artist' March 2013
Article in 'Artists and Illustrators' November 2012
Article in ‘Artists and Illustrators’ June 2011
Article in ’The Artist’ March 2011
Article in ‘The Artist’ April 2008
Article in ‘The Pastel Journal’ USA October 2007
Article in ‘The Artist’ June 2007

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