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.

Latest News


February 8, 2021

Painting While Waiting by Lucy Fekete is the current featured artwork on The Website Homepage and Facebook Page. Lucy’s painting was awarded Highly Commended at the 111th MSWPS Annual Changing Perspective exhibition, judged by Amanda Hyatt.…

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A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship

January 25, 2021

The A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. The exhibition of finalists showcases the impressive works by the artists selected by the…

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Sculpture at Acheron – Submissions Now Open

January 25, 2021

Inspired by a quote from her father, John Rennie, whose love and knowledge of this land was without bounds – “There’s nothing like walking over a place. You have to live there, walk over the ground,…

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  1. Flesh after Fifty

    March 6 @ 4:00 pm - April 11 @ 5:00 pm
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    March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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