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Victorian Artists Society

The Victorian Artists' Society the building, the artists and the characters. Opened on 27 May 1892, the Victorian Artists' Society with Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Walter Withers and many others who worked in the art studio of the building, provided the foundation stone of Australian art. Within these walls tens of thousands of artists from all walks of life have learnt to paint, draw and sculpt.  The building became the home of Dame Nellie Melba's Conservatorium with the upper gallery used for debut performances. The building is now undergoing major restoration. It is...

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Victorian Artists Society Heritage Renovation Update

  The Victorian Artists’ Society in Albert Street, East Melbourne, formed in 1870 to provide artists from all walks of life with a place to learn and exhibit their work, has announced a $1.5 million restoration program to ensure the building and Society’s ongoing contribution to Victoria’s next generation of artists. Eileen Mackley, President of the Victorian Artists’ Society said, commencing with a grant from the Government for the establishment of an art room in 1898, artists raised funds supplemented with private donations to construct the current building. For over one hundred and th...

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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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