MSWPS is Australia's oldest specialist organisation for women artists

MSWPS and its history

The Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors aims to provide help and encouragement to women artists and organises facilities for exhibiting their work. Lectures demonstrations, media workshops and regular life and portrait workshops are run by the Society to give members the opportunity to meet fellow artists and to work together.

The Society has a long and proud history as the oldest surviving women’s art group in Australia. Previously thought to have been founded in 1901, recent research indicates that the Society was begun in March 1902, by a group of former students from the Art School at the National Gallery of Victoria.

MSWPS wishes to acknowledge with respect and continuing spiritual connection to All Women of Good Will who have gone before us on this land.

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February 26, 2020

SEEN and UNSEEN, An artist’s vision by ANNEE KELLYA multi-award artist with a title of Fellow Victorian Artists Society (FVAS) and Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRAF)29 February- 29 March 2020Artist Demonstration Saturday 29 February at…

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Annemarie Szeleczky at Tacit

February 25, 2020

Annemarie Szeleczky is participating in a New exhibition at Tacit Galleries 20/2020 Celebrating the gallery’s 20th year. Group show of people who had exhibited in the last 20 years with the gallery. We all worked on…

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A Note from Margaret Gurney

February 23, 2020

Bayside Local. Journeys and Discoveries. A selected exhibition of Bayside artists work, including one painting of mine.A large watercolour of Kakadu.It is at the Bayside Gallery, corner of Wilson and Carpenter streets, Brighton ( the old…

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