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Victorian Artists' Society Launches Heritage Renovation

“There is no other place in Australia where you can stand and be surrounded with the spirit and history of the beginnings of Australia’s Art.” A BRIEF HISTORY The Victorian Artists’ Society had its beginnings in 1870 when a small group of artists and lay persons met in magistrate James Robertson’s house at Blessington Street, St. Kilda, to form the Victorian Academy of the Arts – the direct ancestor of the VAS. Among the founders were Louis Buvelot, J A Panton, Thomas Clark and Hubert de Castella. This heavyweight group were instrumental in not only securing the Crown Land Grant on which our...

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Rare McCubbin Painting Unveiled after 137 years for first time

  Ron Smith from the Victorian Artists' Society Council interviews David McCubbin, great grandson of Frederick McCubbin at the unveiling of An Old Politician at the Victorian Artists' Society, 430 Albert Street, East Melbourne.  ‘An Old Politician’ (1879) by Frederick McCubbin, one of the first works he sold, was unveiled for a public viewing after 137 years at 12.00 noon Tuesday 22 March 2016 at the Victorian Artists’ Society in East Melbourne. Painted by Frederick McCubbin when he was 24, the painting has been in a Private Collection since it was sold in the 1880’s, after being exhibited in...

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Barbara McManus, Painter and Teacher - Inside the Victorian Artists' Society

  Barbara McManus, a long standing Member and Teacher at the Victorian Artists' Society talks about the special privilege of being part of the Friday Group of Painters, who have painted in the historic art studio every Friday since the mid 1970's.

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Upcoming Exhibitions and Workshop

Victorian Artists' Society Upcoming Exhibitions and Workshop VAS Fellows and Signatory Members Exhibition Wednesday 26 October - Tuesday 8 November 2016 Opening: Wednesday 26 October at 6.30pm Gallery: Frater, Hammond and McCubbin Piccadilly - Ted Dansey The Victorian Artists' Society is pleased to present this unique exhibition featuring work created by Fellows and Signatory members of the Society. This group of artists have been recognised and awarded with honours for their outstanding contributions towards exhibitions at the Victorian Artists' Society. Please join us for drinks and hors d'o...

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Norma Bull Scholarship 2017

The Norma Bull $5000 Portraiture Scholarship 2017 for Naturalistic Portraiture A Scholarship for students working in the field of 'Naturalistic Portraiture' to the value of $5000 Winning entry 2015 Norma Bull Scholarship - Fiona O'Byrne The Norma Bull Art Scholarship Award 2017 Naturalist Portraiture Norma Bull painter, etcher and art teacher, was born in Melbourne in September 1906, the daughter of Dr R.J. Bull. She began her career in 1929 at the National Gallery School, where she produced some fine portraits and competent etchings, eg. Batman's Landing 1935, etching and aquatint, National G...

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OCTOBER EXHIBITIONS

Victorian Artists' Society October Exhibitions Melbourne Seven Artists Show Raffaella Torresan, Brian Pieper, Domenico de Clario Eros Anceschi, Jacqueline Mitelman, Chris Berkman, Jonas Balsaitis Friday 7 October - Tuesday 18 October 2016 Opening: Saturday 8 October at 6.30pm Gallery: Frater, Hammond and McCubbin This show comprises 7 variously known, Melbourne artists working in various mediums including photography, oils, collage, found materials, conceptual art, and performance art. These artists have been working at their art for many years and have produced some amazing works.   Raffaella...

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