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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December 17, 2018

The current Featured Artist Painting is: Sunset, Lakes Entrance by Jan MArtin Jan Martin is the winner of the 2018 Danks Trust Award. Judge for the 109th Annual Exhibition, Jock Clutterbuck commented that: It is a…

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And the Winner is: Cynthia Boyle

December 3, 2018

The 2018 theme for the Annual AGRA President’s Challenge is Climate. The winning painting is a Watercolour titled Specimen by Cynthia Boyle. Her artist statement: The reality of climate change is upon us. Currently, the region…

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Member Finalists for AOTY

November 26, 2018

The 2018 Victorian Artists Society (VAS) Mavis Little Artists of the Year, Incorporating the Sculptor of the Year Trophy featured Ten MSWPS Members. Anne Finkelde, Suzanne Kaldor, Gwendoline Krumins, Judith Leman, Jan Martin, Carole Milton, Liz…

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