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


March 23, 2020

Dear Members, This post is an initiative to keep you informed about activities at your MSWPS and  due to the spread of the Coronavirus your Committee has made the decision to delay all person to person…

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Marks in Time

March 18, 2020

An exhibition of Artworks on paper by Denise Keele-bedford. Unfortunately in this time of coronavirus the exhibition has been cancelled.

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Judith Perrey Memorial Retrospective Exhibition

March 13, 2020

Preparing for mum’s exhibition has been an emotional and exciting journey of discovery for my brother, Pete and me. We always knew mum was a hard-working person. She could excel at so many things yet, she…

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