Location: Victorian Artists Society
Did you know, before he was our PM, Robert G Menzies once created controversy at a VAS gallery opening event by challenging what was viewed as modern art at the time. This discussion grew until the Contemporary Art Society was formed and subsequently also held their inaugural meeting at VAS.
Is stylistic cartoon portraiture an art form? We encourage you to come along and participate in this colourful fun session. Free and a VAS family friendly experience. Spaces are limited, so bookings are essential.
This is a free event. Drawing boards, paper and crayons will be provided along with afternoon tea.
From our earliest days, many of our VAS Members specialised in pen and ink caricatures, as well as pursuing their more serious art endeavours.
Early artist, Percy Leason, was a professional black and white ‘sketch’ artist, earning much of his income from selling his sketches to the daily newspapers, social magazines and often hardcover publications.
Well into the 1970s, members Stan Farrell and Patrick O’Carrigan regularly contributed to the VAS Newsletter with their quick and humorous sketches—often using fellow members or well-known public figures as subjects.
Sadly only photographs or facsimile copies remain in our archives today—but they offer a reminder of the witty and fascinating skills of these early members.
Today, the talent of the caricature artists is highly regarded and often envied by their colleagues.
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.