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.

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Comments from Carmel

March 27, 2018

NO Committee or General Meetings during April. Due to Easter break with some personal commitments by committee members which prevent us from making the quorum. The General meeting also falls in the Easter school holidays. Next…

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Member Access to Member Section

March 27, 2018

As the website has recently ‘gone live’ to the bigger world it is an exciting time for our Society. In these early stages for Members ‘finding their way’ around the website it can be a lot…

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Helen Maudsley Video

March 4, 2018

In 2017 MSWPS had the pleasure of Helen Maudsley presenting ‘A Life’  at the 108th Annual Exhibition. The National Gallery of Victoria presented her solo show in late 2017. MSWPS Member Robyn Pridham has recommended this…

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  1. Mokuhunga Workshop

    April 14 - April 15
  2. Autumn Landscape Workshop

    April 21 - April 22
  3. Portrait Master Copy Workshop with Vicki Sullivan

    May 26 - May 27
  4. 2018 Artists’ Retreat

    September 18 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm
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