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    The Pastel Society

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    The Pastel Society

    Encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world. The Society was founded in 1898, and the first exhibition held in the Royal Institute in Piccadilly. Founder members and early exhibitors included Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts. There are currently over fifty-five Members who are professional artists living and working in this country and overseas. Membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and enthusiasm.

    The Society pursues its aims through education and example. It is currently responsible for organising exhibitions, tutorial workshops, demonstrations and lectures throughout the UK. The Society's major showcase is the Annual Exhibition held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. This is open to entries from both Members and Non-Members. Awards are made to works of particular note. Workshops and demonstrations are also provided throughout the duration of the exhibition.


    The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
    Telephone: 020 7930 6844

    Become a Friend of the Pastel Society

    For 2019 the Pastel Society is planning an exciting series of outings for Friends of the Pastel Society including a special trip to the British Museum to look closely at pastel drawings in the Prints & Drawings Room.

    Other outings included are:
    A visit to Chiswick House with its acres of gardens, conservatory and kitchen gardens.
    A day in the park - St James' Park London with its wonderful parkland, lakes and wildfowl.

    We would like to invite you to become a Friend and share these events with us.

    As well as organised drawing trips during the year, for your subscription you will receive:

    Twice yearly Newsletter
    Early Bird Information e.g. PS Members’ Exhibitions, Workshops and Open Studios.
    The chance to participate in Workshops at a reduced rate.
    A token of £100 to be awarded to a Friend towards the purchase of a painting in the Exhibition.
    Free Workshops for Life Members.
    Social Events, with Friends and Members of The Pastel Society.
    Free admission and catalogue to The Pastel Society Exhibition.
    Friends Tour of the Annual Exhibition

    An application form can be downloaded here [Download]




    Featured Artist

    1967 sized
    'The Confederation Train is Here'
    By Peter Vincent

    Peter Vincent PS 

    I love horizons, the seaside, churches, gardens and graphically interesting places.

    I trained as a graphic designer at Southend School of Art and developed my three dimensional skills in the workplace.
    I became an international exhibition designer working with clients ranging from aircraft makers, military, the building industry, telecoms, a fabric design company, the Canadian Government and the UN.
    I designed Canada's Confederation Train in 1967 and won an award in New York for a design selling Canadian products.
    I also designed a large pavilion in Nigeria for the United Africa Company (Unilever).

    [Read More]


    To read or download the April 2018 Pastel Society Newsletter [Download]

    Previous issues are available on the Archive pages of this site, under History in the top menu.


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