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.

Latest News

2019 Subscriptions

January 28, 2019

Hello all. 2019 MSWPS Subscriptions are due. Subscriptions were due 31st December, however many members paid at the Annual Christmas Lunch. If not paid you are currently in the ‘Grace Zone’. This means you are able…

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splash – 2018

January 28, 2019

To be held every three years, the Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award has been established to showcase contemporary Australian watercolour practice. It is an acquisitive award enabled by the Fornari Bequest by the Will of the…

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Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2019

January 28, 2019

The Association of Sculptors of Victoria showing the exhibition ‘MEANDER’ as part of the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival between 12 January – 22 April 2019. I was pleasantly surprised to find artworks by two MSWPS…

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