Pastel Society | Annual Exhibition 2023

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£5, Free for Friends of Mall Galleries, Friends of the Pastel Society, and under 25s. Concessions available. 

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Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2023

Alongside the rich diversity of pastel paintings on display in the Pastel Society’s 124th annual exhibition, there will be a variety of works in other dry media: charcoal, conté, oil pastels, graphite, and coloured pencils.

As ever, the exhibition will feature new works by members of the Society and artists selected from an international open call. Unique to this year, however, is a special focus on ‘Pastel without Boundaries’.

To quote the Society's President, Richard Rees: “Drawing and painting can provide a time to reflect and lose ourselves in a creative process. As one of the great exponents of pastel, Paula Rego, once said, 'Art is the only place you can do what you like. That's freedom.' Pastel and similar dry media are the most direct way we can express our thoughts and whether on their own or in combination with other media, it has infinite possibilities.” 

Discover the prize-winning works


About the Pastel Society 

The Pastel Society is pre-eminent in its field. It shows the work of leading contemporary artists, with a diversity of style and subject matter from the purely imaginative to the representational, in dry media.

Founded in 1898, the Society boasts many illustrious past members and exhibitors including Frank Brangwyn RA, Sickert, Whistler, Degas, Dame Laura Knight RA and, more recently, Gillian Ayres, Tom Phillips RA and Paula Rego.

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