Art Competition The Pastel Society

The Pastel Society 122nd Annual Exhibition 2021
Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of The Pastel Society at their 122nd Annual Exhibition 2021. The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality for their annual exhibition. The exhibition offers several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists. It presents the opportunity to exhibit at a prestigious gallery in the heart of London alongside well-established artists and have your work seen by thousands of visitors, including buyers and collectors. To make the process of submitting and selecting work simpler and safer, the Society will select works for exhibition from online only this year. Any artist over 18 can enter.

Medium Pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, conte, sanguine, or any dry media.

Deadlines and important dates

enter your work between Monday 5 October and Friday 4 December 2020, 12 noon
Submissions open: Monday 5 October 2020, 12 noon
Submissions close: Friday 4 December, 12 noon
Selection notification: Friday 18 December, 12 noon
Receiving Days (if selected only): Saturday 16 January and Sunday 17 January 2021, 10am to 5pm
Exhibition open: Wednesday 27 January, 11am to 5pm (7pm on Thursdays)
Exhibition closes: Saturday 13 February, 5pm
Collection of unsold work: Thursday 18 February and Friday 19 February, 10am to 5pm

Submission fee is £18 per work (or £12 per work for artists aged 35 or under). 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

-NEW The Yoshimoto Prize (£1,000) – A prize of £1,000 for an outstanding work, in any dry medium, by a non-member
-Unison Young Artist Award (£500 and set of 72 pastels)
-Annie Longley Award (£250)
-The Pastel Society Young Artist Award (£200)
-The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award (£50)
-Derwent Award (worth £1,000)
-Caran d’Ache Award
-Frank Herring & Sons Award
-Henri Roche Award
-The Pastel Society Visitors’ Choice Award
-Royal Talens Award
-Schmincke Award
-Unison Member Award
-Unison Non-member Award
-West Design – Faber Castell Award
-The Pastel Society Catalogue Award: First & Second Prize
-The Artist Magazine Award
-Artists & Illustrators Award

How to enter
Please check with the competition organisation to see what the current regulations are regarding the Covid10 Pandemic. All work must be submitted online. Selection from online entries will take place, after which selected artworks should be delivered to Mall Galleries, London, for exhibition. For more information visit:

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Pastel Paper

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Pencils Kits

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See the full overview of art competitions for 2021 here.