"A Moment; Witnessing a Norwegian Glacier" by Simon Hodges VPPS
"Tower of Song, Edifice and Aperture - Impressions from Lesvos" by Thomas Moore
"Glory" by Fiona Carvell
"Dogs" by Donna Fleming
"Gardens of England 4" by Halla Shafey PSA PS
"After Missione, Paysage" by Carla Groppi

2024 Annual Exhibition held at the Mall Galleries the Mall London SW1

The 125th Anniversary Exhibition Guest Speaker was:

Michael Spender FSA, Hon RWS

Michael Spender is a writer and art historian and presently Head of Culture for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. He has been Director of the Bankside Gallery and Secretary of the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Director of the Embroiderers' Guild and Manager of Poole Museum.

Michael has curated and written catalogues of many exhibitions of 19th and 20th century art and artists, and his published
books include studies of the work of Ken Howard and Leslie Worth, The Glory of Watercolour, and Visions of Venice, a collaboration with 25 members of the RWS. Michael is currently working on a book about the art of Tom Coates.

Outside Exhibitions 2024

Step into a realm of captivating hues and artistic talent as the New Ashgate proudly presents the Pastel Society that celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2024

The Pastel Society presented two new prizes in the 125th Anniversary Year.

In memory of a great artist and former Pastel Society President
THE TOM COATES MEMORIAL PRIZE of £2,000 for the best non-member work in the exhibition.  Selected and presented by Tom’s wife, the artist Mary Jackson NEAC RWS.

A second new prize of £500 - THE PRESIDENTS PRIZE for the best work by an artist under 35. 

'Self Portrait' by Tom Coates PPPS PPRBA NEAC RP

Featured Artist

 Melodie Cook PS 

Artist's Statement:

The human being is at the core of my work. The face, the hands, the incredible beauty of the human body. The expression, the demeanour, and what hides behind that or is expressed through that. My background in fashion is evident in my continuing interest in costume and adornment and how it can be used to denote or deny a presence. I am very passionate about drawing as well as painting and sculpture, but in 2012 I decided to focus entirely on drawing and began using pastels for the first time.

Sponsored by Caran d'Ache

To view the interview with Caran d'Ache CEO Carole Hübscher https://youtu.be/8U-AipaeTRU?feature=shared

Courtesy Jacksons Art Materials https://www.jacksonsart.com/
Watch the interview with Caran d'Ache CEO Carole Hübscher and
R&D Fine Arts Director Eric Vitus. 

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