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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Modern Australian Women: Works from a Private Collection

January 8, 2019

A Note from Dinny Birrell: Many members may already have seen the wonderful exhibition of women artists at the NGV Australia in Federation Square. However if not, then it is an amazing collection of the work…

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2018 MSWPS Christmas Luncheon

January 8, 2019

  MSWPS Christmas Lunch This was the usual joyous occasion. Thanks to Carmel O’Connor and the Committee for setting up and decorating the table and room. Carmel also entertained us by reciting a poem ‘The Man…

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A Note from Jo Reitze

January 8, 2019

Much has happened since the November Bulletin. I have been lax in my duty to keep you updated between Bulletins. Annoyingly one finished version disappeared just when I was about to send. I had received the…

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