Call for Entries! The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2019

It’s that time of year again! The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition is calling for entries…

‘Banana Bunch’ by Jenny Halstead won the Caran D’Ache Award, 2017.

The Mall Galleries, London, have announced that a Call for Entries is currently taking place for The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2019.  This is an open competition, seeking ‘the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality’.

Key Dates:-

Sponsored by Derwent artist materials, the competition is open for submissions until 2nd November 2018.  All works must be submitted online, and pre-selection will take place on Friday, 9th November.  Receiving Day will take place early next year, and the exhibition itself will occur from 5th to 16th February 2019.


‘Marie-Ange’ by Penelope Milner which won the Annie Longley Award, 2018.

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.

Prizes & Awards (subject to confirmation):-

‘Take Care’ by Mike Clapton which won the Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Prize, 2015.

A total of 17 prizes are being offered at this event – the 120th annual exhibition of its kind.  The most noteworthy is the Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz Prize, an award totalling £5,000 bequeathed by Zsuzsi Roboz and aimed at 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.

Other prizes include:-

Annie Longley Award – £250

The Pastel Society Young Artist Award – £200

The Pastel Society Visitors’ Choice Award – £250 worth of Derwent vouchers

Unison Young Artist Award – £500

Terms & Conditions:-

For full Terms & Conditions, visit the Mall Galleries website for more details, here:


[Credits:  Feature image – ‘Best Friends Forever’ by Jocelyn Rossiter, First Prize Winner of The Pastel Society Catalogue Award, 2018;]


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