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

Artists are invited to submit works for exhibition alongside members of The Pastel Society at their 120th Annual Exhibition 2019.

The exhibition includes several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists (see 'Prizes & Awards' below).

Sponsored by Derwent

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 30 July and Friday 2 November 2018, 12 noon [Note: Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB]

- Check on Friday 9 November, from 12 noon, to see if your work has been pre-selected

- If pre-selected, deliver your work on Saturday 5 January 2019, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

- Check on Tuesday 8 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 10 January, 10am to 5pm

Important Dates

Submission opens: Monday 30 July 2018, 12 noon

Submission closes: Friday 2 November, 12 noon

Pre-selection notification: Friday 9 November, 12 noon [Log in to see if your work has been pre-selected]

Receiving Day (if pre-selected only): Saturday 5 January 2019, 10am to 5pm

Acceptance notification: Tuesday 8 January, 12 noon

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

Exhibition open: Tuesday 5 February, 10am to 5pm

Exhibition closes: Saturday 16 February, 3pm

Collection of unsold work: Thursday 21 February, 10am to 5pm



  • 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), which includes Free Admission to the exhibition (normally £4).
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.


  • 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

  • Artists who are not resident in the UK but are resident in the EU or elsewhere are welcome to submit work. If your work is sold at the exhibition you have a responsibility to register and account for UK VAT with H.M. Revenue & Customs. Artists without a UK residence (known as 'NETPs' - non-established taxable persons) can find further details on 'NETP' status and how to register for VAT at, (HM Revenue & Customs Reference: Notice 700/1, Mar 2014) under the heading 'Should I be registered for VAT?' Please note: the registration process can take up to 4 weeks. Please address any questions you may have to the VAT Helpline on tel. no. 0300 200 3700 or Outside UK: +44 2920 501 261.
  • 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:

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Prizes & Awards (subject to confirmation)

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

Derwent Award - £1,000 worth of products

Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Prize - A major award of £5,000, bequeathed by distinguished member of The Pastel Society, Zsuzsi Roboz (1939-2012), presented to a young artist, aged 35 or under, for traditional skills used in an original way. Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media are all acceptable.

Annie Longley Award - £250

The Artist Magazine Award - Feature article

Artists & Illustrators Award - Feature article

Caran d'Ache Award - Product prize

Frank Herring & Sons Award - Product prize 

Henri Roche Award - Product prize

The Pastel Society Young Artist Award - £200

The Pastel Society Catalogue Award: First & Second Prize - Featured image in the exhibition catalogue

The Pastel Society Visitors' Choice Award - £250 worth of Derwent vouchers

Royal Talens Award - Product prize

Schmincke Award - Product prize

Unison Member Award - Set of 72 pastels

Unison Non-member Award - Set of 72 pastels

Unison Young Artist Award - £500

West Design / Faber Castell Award - Product prize