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

Member Finalists

July 12, 2021

Anne Marie Szelecky is a finalist in the Biannual FPS National Mono print prize. IMAGE BAGS AND BLUE ROPE. 56 x 56cm. 2019 Hand printed mono print with acrylic and water base inks. Using inked up…

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Jo Reitze Opening by Liz Moore Golding

July 12, 2021

Esteemed MSWPS member and Victorian Artists Society Fellow, Jo Reitze’s long awaited grand retrospective (and current works) exhibition, ‘Celebrating Life in Gouache Oil and Pen’, finally opened officially on Sunday July 4 2021. With Covid lockdowns…

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Winter Luncheon 2021

July 12, 2021

On the 1st of July many members met up at the Ola Cohn Centre for our annual Winter Luncheon. Refreshments and a delicious lunch were enjoyed by all, and it was great to have the chance…

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  1. Covid Creations

    July 5 @ 12:00 am - August 4 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Contemporary Art Prize Geelong Art Gallery

    July 30 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

    August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  4. State Library of Victoria

    September 2 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

    September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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