Pastel Artists of Nelson - New Zealand


Our aim is to promote the use of pastel as a painting medium under the membership of the parent Society, PANZ (pastel artists of new zealand). We are the Nelson Area of PANZ.

As a group, we meet each Tuesday, 9am to noon, February to November (incl) at the Mapua Hall. These sessions are friendly, supportive and informative. Persons considering using pastel are welcome to join us and "try before you buy" with pastels and papers supplied, along with some helpful advice on how to use the medium. We endeavour to hold workshops and demonstrations throughout the year to improve our skills and throw in the odd "in house challenge" to keep up interest and good humour.  A members Exhibition "Top of the South" is held each February and this is well supported by the public.  

Members are kept informed of upcoming events by regular emails/letters and as members of PANZ, we receive a bi-monthly national newsletter "NZ Pastel Artist" , have the opportunity to attend the annual national convention and be eligible to enter the "Purely Pastel" national art awards. This event is moved about the country each year - ie)   2020 Dunedin 2021 Auckland

Not all our Nelson members are shown on this site as some have their own websites and others are purely recreational artists. We invite you to visit our galleries as listed and hope that you enjoy your tour.


Held in the Mapua Hall, this is an annual event where PANZ Nelson Area members invite the rest of the South Island members to join forces and showcase all their new works. It is very popular for both the public and our members with Artists from beginners through to professionals participating. Something for everyone plus a people's choice prize - kindly sponsored by Impressions Art Supplies and Framers. The winner is selected by public voting. 

The date for this event has now been moved from February to Queens Birthday weekend - 



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