The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary pastel and dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality.

Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of The Pastel Society at their Annual Exhibition 2018.

How to Submit

ALL work must be submitted online. Pre-selection from online entries will take place, after which pre-selected entries should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for final selection:

- Upload images of work at between Monday 31 July and Friday 3 November 2017, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

- Check on Friday 10 November, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check on Tuesday 9 January, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been accepted to the exhibition

- If unaccepted, collect your work from Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD on Thursday 11 January, 10am - 5pm

Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 31 July 2017, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 3 November, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 10 November, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 6 January 2018, 10am - 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 9 January, 12 noon

Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 11 January, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition open: Tuesday 20 February, 10am - 5pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 3 March, 3pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 8 March, 10am - 5pm


Any artist over 18 may submit.

Acceptable media: Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media.

Submission fee: £15 per work (£10 per work for artists aged 35 or under).

Work must have been completed during the twelve months prior to the exhibition and not have been exhibited elsewhere.

Maximum of six works submitted. Maximum of four works selected.

Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.

All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £300.

Artists from outside the UK may need to register for VAT, please check with HM Revenue and Customs:

Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier. Many artists use Picture Post as they offer a packing and delivery service for our exhibitions (we do not accept any liability for their services). Picture Post - Tel: 0044 (0)1302 711011 / Mobile: 07833 450788 /  Email:

For full terms and conditions, click here.

Prizes & Awards (subject to confirmation)

There are a number of prizes and awards available to win, including:

Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Prize The prize of £5,000 will be awarded to a young artist, aged 35 years or under, for traditional skills, used in an original way. All subject matter will be considered. The Judges will be encouraged to award the Prize to an artist who demonstrates a particular excellence in draughtsmanship and innovative thought. Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media are all acceptable. The award is to recognise Zsuzsi Roboz's enormous contribution to draughtsmanship.

Unison Colour Award - £500 for a young artist, aged 35 years or under, working in soft pastel

Derwent Sponsor's Award

Contemporary Arts Trust Award

Jackson's Award - A full set of Handmade Soft Pastels in a wooden box (200 Pastels)

Unison Colour Product Award

Daler-Rowney Award

Royal Talens/Rembrandt Award

The Artist Magazine Award

Artists & Illustrators Magazine Award

The Pastel Society Young Artist Award

PS Catalogue Award 1st & 2nd Prize for a Non Member

Schmincke Award

Caran d'Ache Award

Faber Castell Award

Frank Herring & Sons Award

The Annie Longley Award

Henri Roche Award

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