Final Selection has been announced.

The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality for their Annual Exhibition.

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

Please note that the call for entries has closed for 2021.

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Conditions of Entry

Eligibility

  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Acceptable media: Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media.
  • Submission fee: £18 per work (or £12 per work for artists aged 35 or under).
  • Maximum of six works submitted. Maximum of four works selected.
  • Work must have been completed during the twelve months prior to the exhibition and not have been exhibited elsewhere.
  • Works should not be larger than 2.4m along the longest dimension.
  • All work must be for sale. Minimum price: £300.
  • The price of works must include 45%+VAT commission.
  • Works that are poorly presented or differ significantly from the photograph entered will not be exhibited.

Delivery & Collection

  • Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.

  • We are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials for any works being returned.

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

  • Any work uncollected on the specified collection date/s will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged a storage fee.

Selection

  • The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society and is rotated annually.
  • Please note that selectors' decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

International Entrants

  • If you are not a UK resident and your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs at www.hmrc.gov.uk (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1)

Terms & Conditions


Art Couriers

If you are unable to deliver or collect your work in person, several art couriers around the country visit the galleries, including:

Art Moves of Chelsea (London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Bristol) - artmoveschelsea@aol.com / 020 7352 7492  

Picture Post Art (Scotland, the North of England and Birmingham) - info@picturepostcompany.co.uk / 01302 711011

South Hams Express (Penzance, Totnes, Exeter and Southampton) - dave.allen500@btinternet.com / 07502 041139

For a fuller list of Art Couriers, click here


Prizes & Awards (subject to final confirmation)

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

Cash prizes:

  • NEW The Yoshimoto Prize (£1,000) - A prize of £1,000 for an outstanding work, in any dry medium, by a non-member
  • Unison Young Artist Award (£500 and set of 72 pastels)
  • The Pastel Society Young Artist Award (£200)

Product prizes:

  • Derwent Award (worth £1,000)
  • Caran d'Ache Award
  • Frank Herring & Sons Award
  • Henri Roche Award
  • The Pastel Society Visitors' Choice Award
  • Schmincke Award
  • Unison Member Award
  • Unison Non-member Award
  • West Design - Faber Castell Award

Publication prizes:

  • The Pastel Society Catalogue Award: First & Second Prize
  • The Artist Magazine Award
  • Artists & Illustrators Award