Award Winners


108th Annual Exhibition

At Victorian Artists Society Galleries - East Melbourne

October 5 - 17


The Danks Trust Award has been gifted to honour a MSWPS member for her dedication to art and to acknowledge her high standard of achievement in her work.

It is awarded to encourage, reward and foster excellence in individual artistic pursuits undertaken by our women artists.

Jo Reitze for Autumn Garden Oil on Canvas

Annie Davison Oliver was a long serving Treasurer and Benefactor of MSWPS.

Her death in 1997 at the age of 94 ended a long and valuable association of 67 years.

In appreciation, MSWPS established this award in her memory.

Beatrice Magalotti for Waiting Bronze

The Constance Wu Award was established by Carolyn Yong in memory of her mother, Constance Wu.

This award was first presented in 2012. It is presented to the artist receiving the most votes from MSWPS members whose works have been shown in the Annual Exhibitions.

This peer evaluated award was initially presented as The Mabel Pryde Prize and later as The MSWPS Award. MSWPS thanks Carolyn for this support.

In 2017 we have joint winners of this award.(Both artists will share the prize money.)

Elizabeth Moore Golding Lost in Thought and Sue Jarvis 9am Swanston Street will be presented with this award donated by Carolyn Yong in memory of her mother at the Christmas Lunch.

Congratulations to these members and thanks to the donors

Sue Jarvis 9am Swanston Street



Highly Commended certificates. Congratulations to:
Gwendoline Krumins Gary the Butcher oil

Roz McQuillan The Thinker oil

Jan Martin After the fire, Kalbarri Nat Park mixed media
Liz Moore Golding Felicity, City Women oil
Vivi Palegeorge The Fish Market, Cornwall watercolour

Jane Walker Fishing Village Synthetic polymer & Chinese ink


In 2016 Melbourne Society of Women Painters & Sculptors  had Annual exhibition in two parts with both forming MSWPS 107th Annual Exhibition. We are delighted that our first show was held at Chapel on Station Gallery in Box Hill.  Members were invited to respond to the theme “All things Bright and Beautiful”. This Hymn title was chosen because it referenced the location of the gallery in Box Hill Baptist Church as well as expressing our endeavour to brighten up the greys of winter. The Danks Trust Award for the best work in Show was judged by Jacquie Nichols–Reeves, the Curator of Whitehorse Arts Space. Malvern Artists’s Society Gallery was host to Changing Perspectives with the Official Opening on August 12.

The Official Opening was a wonderful evening. The gallery was full of members, friends and family and there was a buzz of excitement on the arrival of the Governor of Victoria. The Honourable Linda Dessau AM is the first female in this role. Amongst her numerous distinguished legal and community appointments, the Governor was formerly a Trustee of the NGV. In her eloquent and engaging address, the Governor clearly revealed her great appreciation of the Arts. She acknowledged the wonderful heritage of the society and showed an understanding of the difficulties that women artists encounter in juggling the many aspects of their lives. She also informed us that she was able to select works by several Australian women artists from the NGV collection to feature in Government House.

The Annie Davison Oliver Award 2016 $1000 Judged by Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator of Prints & Drawings at the NGV and recently co-curator of Luminous: Australian Watercolours (1900-2000)


2016 Award Winners

The Danks Trust Prize
Barbara McManus

Annie Davison Oliver Award
Jo Reitze

Constance Wu
Roz McQuillan

Changing Perspectives

Highly Commended Awards  

Vicki Sullivan             Betina Fauvel-Ogden   Gillian Lodge

Louise Foletta

All Things bright and Beautiful

Highly Commended Awards

Louise Foletta              Jocelyn Bell     Heather Ellis

Jo Reitze