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

Beatrice Magalotti Migration Series REVIEW

May 17, 2021

Inspired by her 2019 Denmark residency and migrant parents, the artworks in Beatrice’s latest exhibition at Red Gallery in Fitzroy convey an intimate investigation into both the strength and fragility around humans and their search for…

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Sue Jarvis Art That Makes You Think REVIEW

May 17, 2021

It has been quite some time since I have seen an exhibition of ‘realist’ paintings by an Australian contemporary that has left me in awe. In the best possible way Sue Jarvis’s exhibition is awesome. Sixty-eight…

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FEATURED ARTIST Margaret Picken

May 17, 2021

Smoke and Dust December “19” by Margaret Picken is the current featured artwork on The Website Homepage and Facebook Page. Margaret’s painting was awarded Highly Commended at the 111th MSWPS Annual Changing Perspective exhibition, judged by…

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Upcoming Events

  1. Members Winter Luncheon

    July 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  2. Jo Reitze Celebrating Life in Gouache Oil & Pen

    July 4 @ 2:00 pm - July 13 @ 4:00 pm
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