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

42days 42boats 42installations – Beatrice Magalotti

June 22, 2022

On a cold, wet and windy night several MSWPS Members gathered at Ladder Art Space for the Opening of Beatrice Magalotti’s exhibition. Forty-two stark white, pristine porcelain boats seemed oblivious to the weather and seemed buoyant…

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SAGE ADVICE at Whitehorse Art Space

June 6, 2022

MSWPS members, Pamela Irving and Jo Reitze are two of the sixteen artists selected to be part of  ‘Sage Advice’  at Whitehorse Artspace in Box Hill Town Hall..   This exhibition, which was postponed on several occasions…

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May 30, 2022

Lake Bunga, East Gippsland by Jan Martin is the featured artwork on the Website Homepage and Facebook. Selected for a Highly Commended at the 112th MSWPS Annual Exhibition. Sophie Gerhard Comment: The composition of this work…

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