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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High Tea with Lecture – The Women of Heide

October 14, 2019

In conjunction with the 110th Annual Exhibition on Thursday 10th October a Lecture The Women of Heide was presented by Lesley Harding Artistic Director Heide Museum of Modern art and Kendrah Morgan Senior Curator Heide Museum…

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Changing Perspectives: 110th Annual Exhibition Opening

October 14, 2019

Image Gallery for Opening of the 110th MSWPS Annual Exhibition on Sunday 6th October at Victoria Artists Society Galleries. Extract from Introduction: Master of Ceremonies    –     Carmel O’Connor President MSWPS 2018/19 On behalf…

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Annie Davison Oliver Award – 110th Annual Exhibition

October 8, 2019

Changing Perspectives 2019 Currently showing at Victorian Artists Society Galleries features the Annie Davison Oliver Award artwork Boardwalk, Penguin Parade. 2019 – SUE JARVIS.

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