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The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2022

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The Pastel Society holds an open exhibition every year and it is open to entries from both Members and Non-Members. The Pastel Society was founded in 1898 and early exhibitors included Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts. Their current members are based in the UK and overseas and membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and not forgetting enthusiasm.

The Pastel Society exhibition for 2022 will be their 123rd exhibition and will be held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. Full details are available from the Mall Galleries website.

For inspiration see 2021 award winners

pastel portrait by Tom Hudson-Davies winner of pastel society Yoshimoto Award 2021

Copyright: ©Tom Hudson-Davies ‘Self Isolation’ 2021 Winner of The Yoshimoto Award

How to Enter and Conditions of Entry
  • All work must be submitted online. Images must be in JPEG format and under 5MB.
  • The Deadline for entries is Friday 3 December 2021, 12 Noon.

  • Any artist over 18 may submit.
  • Accepted media: Pastels, Oil Pastels, Charcoal, Pencil, Conté, Sanguine or any dry media.
  • Submission fee £20 per work (£14 per work for artists aged 35 and under).
  • Maximum of six works can be submitted. A maximum of four works will be 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.
Notes on Submitting your digital image file

Firstly ensure you have a good digital image file of your artwork, this is what you will be judged on. It’s obvious, but it does need to be in focus and needs to be an image of just your artwork. Don’t include any distracting background, such as your easel or wall you placed the artwork against.

Note the deadline is 3rd December 2021 at noon, this is the latest date you can complete the registration form, upload your image files and make payment. Use www.mallgalleries.oess1.co.uk


The Selection Committee is formed of artist members of the Society and is rotated annually.
The selectors’ decisions are final and they are unable to offer feedback.

You can check www.mallgalleries.oess1.co.uk after noon on 10th December to see if you are pre-selected.


If you are pre-selected, then you need to deliver your framed artwork for final selection on Saturday 15 January 2022, 10am to 5pm, to Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD

  • Note there is only the one day for receiving.
  • Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away at the point of delivery.
  • Artists sending work from abroad should use a picture carrier.
  • You can check from 12 noon on Tuesday 18 January to see if your work has been selected
  • If unaccepted, collect your work on Thursday 20 January, 10am to 5pm
The Exhibition

The Exhibition opens on Wednesday 16th February, 10am to 5pm

It closes on Saturday 26th February, 5pm

After Exhibition : All unsold work must be collected on Thursday 3rd March, 10am to 5pm

For more information on Delivery and Collection and packaging requirements and courier companies www.mallgalleries.co.uk

pastel artwork by Halla Shafey winner of pastel society annual exhibition 2021

Copyright: ©Halla Shafey ‘A Walk in the Fields’ 2021 Winner of The Artists and Illustrators Award

Important Dates for The Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2022

Submissions open: Friday 1 October 2021, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 3 December, 12 noon
Pre-selection notification: Friday 10 December, 12 noon
Receiving Day (if pre-selected): Saturday 15 January 2022, 10am to 5pm
Notification of final selection: Tuesday 18 January, 12 noon
Collection of unaccepted work: Thursday 20 January, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition opens: Wednesday 16 February, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 26 February, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 3 March, 10am to 5pm

Full Terms and Conditions

Full terms and Conditions of submission are available here



Photographing and Printing your artworks before Selling

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Pricing your Artwork
  • All artwork must be for sale and have a minimum price of £300.
  • All artwork prices must include 45%+VAT Commission.
  • Take care not to under or over price your artwork. The ideal is to sell it at an affordable price, while still making a reasonable profit for yourself.

An Example:

An artwork price of £550.00,

Less gallery fees (45% commission £247.50 plus 20% VAT on commission £49.50, overall £297 deductible)

So you get £253.00 from the sale of the artwork.

  • Remember you have to deduct the submission fee (dependent on how many artworks you submitted) framing costs, material costs, time and labour costs, courier costs, income tax and National Insurance payments etc… from the monies you receive.
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)
Prizes and Awards

There are several prizes available, including cash prizes, product prizes and publication prizes. See some of the potential prizes below:-

Cash prizes:
figurative pastel artwork by Nicholas St John Rosse RSMA winner pastel society annual exhibition 2021

Copyright: ©Nicholas St John Rosse RSMA ‘Contemplation’ 2021 Winner of The Derwent Award

The Yoshimoto Prize: A prize of £1,000 for an outstanding work, in any dry medium, by a non-member
The Pastel Society Young Artist Award: £200

Product prizes:

Derwent Award
Caran d’Ache Award
Frank Herring & Sons Award
Henri Roche Award
The Pastel Society Visitors’ Choice Award
Schmincke Award
Unison Member Award
Non-member Unison Award
Unison Young Artist Award
West Design – Faber Castell Award

Publication prizes:

The Pastel Society Catalogue Award, First & Second Prize: The winning work featured in the exhibition catalogue
The Artist Magazine Award: A feature article in The Artist magazine
Artists & Illustrators Award: A feature article in Artists & Illustrators magazine




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