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.

Latest News

Changing Perspectives 109th MSWPS Annual Exhibition

October 16, 2018

2018 Changing Perspectives Exhibition, as one member quoted, “It is the best exhibition we have had.” This says an immense amount about the enthusiasm, variety, quality, presentation and quantity of artworks showcased in the latest MSWPS…

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CHANGING PERSPECTIVES – Opening Sunday 7th October

October 8, 2018

The Opening of the 109th Annual MSWPS Exhibition on Sunday 7th October was  certainly a Grand Affair. President Carmel O’Connor, her first Major Official Event for MSWPS presented the audience with acknowledgement of the Wurundjeri People,…

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FEATURED ARTIST – Elizabeth Moore Golding

October 1, 2018

The current Featured Artist Painting is: Felicity City Woman by Elizabeth Moore Golding. Elizabeth was joint winner of the Constance Wu Award in 2017 at the 108th MSWPS Annual Changing Perspectives Exhibition. THE CONSTANCE WU AWARD…

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


    October 25 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Flowers of War

    October 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. SILENCE – Carmel O’Connor

    November 5 @ 9:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm
  4. ADRIFT – Two Artists, Two Cultures

    November 7 @ 11:00 am - November 25 @ 5:00 pm
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