MSWPS is Australia's oldest specialist organisation for women artists

MSWPS and its history

This 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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Walk on the Wild Side

July 8, 2024

To walk on the wild side leads to imaginings of freedom in an uninhibited environment, without restrictions, rules, or limitations. I have walked in the wild of my surrounding environment, a natural location, engaging with the…

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July 3, 2024

Autumn in Bright by Carole Milton is the current featured artwork on the MSWPS Website and Facebook Page. The artwork received the JO BENNETT AWARD at the 2023 Annual Exhibition, Changing Perspectives. Judge, Suzette Wearne commented:…

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FEATURED ARTIST – Margaret McLoughlin

June 3, 2024

Ancient Warrior in Arid Landscape is the current featured artwork on the MSWPS Website and Facebook page. The Artwork received a Highly Commended at the 2023 MSWPS Annual Exhibition, Changing Perspectives. Artist Description: My BOAB series…

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