The international pastel artists contest "PASTELium" is open to artists from any country in the world. All participants in the competition have equal rights and are evaluated by jury members according to the same criteria. The contests is held in several countries around the world. 

The schedule of exhibitions by country is given in the "Geography of the competition" section.

Step by step registration for the contest:

The contest is held in two stages - semi-final and final. All competitive applications sent to the organizing committee within the specified terms are credited to the semi-final. Except: works that violate social norms, insulting the feelings of believers or politically engaged are not allowed for the contest.

Stage 1 (semi-final):
The author or his impresario sends the following set of registration materials to the Organizing Committee:
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1) Application form (download in format Word, PDF);
2) Labels for each competition entry (download in format Word, PDF);
3) Photo of the author (at least 3x4 cm in size);
4) Photographs of competitive works (not less than 200 dpi, not more than 20 Mb);
5) Copy or screenshot of payment of the registration fee; See the cost of participation in the section:
After the author sent registration materials to the Organizing Committee (to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), he receives two notices:
a) the first notice: automatic notification - an answering machine confirming that the materials have arrived at the organizing committee for processing;
b) the second notice from the administrator, indicating the "Participant number" assigned by the organizing committee (the number is placed on a label that the Organizing Committee sends to the author). The number of labels corresponds to the number of submitted works.

Jury / Expert Council:

In the period from February 11 to February 16, 2020, the jury will evaluate the submitted works. The Expert Council / Jury consists of leading pastel artists from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Middle East and Australia. The list of members of the jury of the contest in St. Petersburg will be posted in the section "Jury of the contest in St. Petersburg."

Stage 2 (final):
Full rating of all submitted works will be published on website. Works that have received maximum points will be presented in the exhibition space. The number of works presented at final exhibition is at least 30, or at least 3 works in each nomination. At the finals the original works or their photocopies, decorated in a frame, are exhibited.
Authors who receive an invitation to participate in the finals must prepare their works for exhibiting.

Requirements for paintings:
  • All works must have a standard design - mat, frame and protection of the work (glass or plastic). The use of museum glass is encouraged. Use of plastic instead of glass is allowed.
  • Frames should be neutral in color and shape..
  • Passepartout for paintings is allowed in shades of white, gray or black.
  • The picture submitted to the exhibition must correspond to the digital image uploaded at the time of application. Otherwise, the organizer may refuse to accept the work.
For the final of the contest the author provides a work prepared for exhibiting (the requirements are specified in the section "Regulations"). In case assistance in the design is required, the Organizing Committee is ready to provide the necessary assistance in the design of competitive works.
The organizing committee is not responsible for the loss or damage to the picture, or frame during delivery and hanging. The space we rented for the exhibition is equipped with security cameras. The exhibition administrator is present in the gallery during the exhibition.