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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I take photographs in the Gallery?

Video filming, flash and tripod photography (including 'selfie sticks') are not permitted inside the galleries. If you wish to seek copyright approval to photograph a work of art for publication please contact the office on 03 9662 1484

Can VAS provide a valuation for an artwork that I own?

Unfortunately VAS is not able to provide valuations.

We recommended contacting David Freeman for valuations and auctions. https://www.aaauctions.com.au/

Does the Gallery sell artworks?
How do I get to the VAS Galleries?

We are located at 430 Albert Street, East Melbourne, 3002.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Our building A 5 minute walk from Parliament Station, next to the Eye and Ear Hospital and across the road from St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Trams 11, 12 and 109 stop on the corner of Albert Street and Gisborne Street.

BY CAR

1 hour meter parking is available along Albert Street, opposite the gallery. Parking is also available at the nearby Wilson Parking at 410 Albert St, East Melbourne.

Is the Gallery wheelchair accessible?

An accessible entrance into the building is now available through Moffatt Way beside the building. There is an accessible toilet located on the ground floor and a lift to take visitors to the upper galleries.

Pet Policy

By entering the Victorian Artists Society premises, each person agrees to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions of Public Entry.

Whenever you are on VAS premises, you must not bring animals onto VAS premises except for Guide Dogs and other registered assistance dogs.

Trained, registered and visibly identifiable guide, hearing and other assistance dogs are welcome to visit the Gallery when accompanied by their handler under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

When is the Gallery open?

The VAS Galleries are open to the public from 10am to 4pm weekdays, and 11am to 4pm on weekends and public holidays.

Membership

What are the benefits of becoming a Member of VAS?

SUPPORT US

Can I make a donation to VAS?

Now more than ever the Victorian Artists Society depends on the support of its passionate community of artists and art lovers.  

Donations large and small, bequests and the time and effort of volunteers are all crucial to the ongoing preservation of our heritage listed building and the smooth running of our exhibitions and events, which all contribute to the enrichment of art in Victoria.  

VAS is an incorporated, not-for-profit body, with a tax-deductible special purpose fund under the auspices of the Register of Cultural Organisations, and is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and not-for-profits Commission.  

Our building is Heritage Listed and classified by the National Trust of Australia. 

All donors will be publicly acknowledged unless otherwise requested, and donations over $2 will be receipted and are tax deductible. 

Read more about supporting VAS here.

Do you have a volunteer program?

As a not-for-profit organisation, VAS depends on volunteer support from its community of passionate artists and art lovers to run events, organising exhibitions and maintain the galleries. There are plenty of opportunities for members and friends of the Society to contribute, including receiving of artwork for exhibitions, exhibition opening nights, catering, gallery sitting, cleaning of galleries, taking down of exhibitions and kitchen duties.

Found out more here.

Classes

Do I need to buy everything on the materials list for the first class?

If you’re not sure about sourcing everything on the materials list, we recommend you bring along a limited selection of items from each category on the list. For example, bring along a few sheets of the recommended paper or one canvas board, only a few brushes, and a limited selection of paints. The first class is always an opportunity for you to talk with your teacher about materials and clarify what will be necessary when. If you still have any questions, please email reception and we will check with your specific teacher as to their recommendations.

Do you offer children's classes?
Is a refund available if I cancel my booking for a class or workshop?

If a class is cancelled by VAS we will refund the cost of the class or credit that amount to a future class.

The VAS Art School is only able to offer refunds for course withdrawals made 14 days before the first class of term. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund or credit made after this time.

Credits are valid for up to 12 months after the date of issue. Please contact the office directly to use a credit.

Terms and Conditions

Updated 27 November 2023.

The below terms and conditions apply to any and all purchases made within the VAS Art School. By making a purchase of a class or workshop, you agree that you have read and accepted our terms and conditions.

This policy applies to all VAS Art School enrolments from 27 November 2023.

REFUNDS & CREDITS

  • The VAS Art School is only able to offer refunds for course withdrawals made 14 days before the first class of term. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund or credit made after this time.

  • Credits are valid for up to 12 months after the date of issue. Please contact the office directly to use a credit.

CLASS CANCELLATION & NUMBERS

  • Term classes may be cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments (less than 5 students). In this instance, students can choose between the options of a full refund, credit, or transfer of enrolment to a different available class.

  • Teachers for classes are subject to change due to availability. All efforts will be taken to ensure the quality and content of the class is maintained.

WORK IN THE STUDIO

  • VAS Gallery does not take responsibility for work left in the studio. We request all artists retrieve their work in a timely period (suggested: 2 weeks).

Please don't hesitate to contact us via email (admin@vasgallery.org.au) if you would like to discuss this policy.

What are the upcoming term dates?
When do bookings become available for classes?
Where can I buy materials for an art class?

Each of our classes at the VAS Art School have a recommended materials list for students to use throughout the course—we recommend students source their own materials so that they can customise their kits to their own liking. To source your supplies for class, we recommend you visit a quality art supplier such as Seniors Art Supplies or Deans.

Exhibitions

Can I hold an exhibition of my own artwork at VAS?

The galleries at VAS are available for hire by members or non-members, for one off events such as concerts and weddings, or for exhibitions of 1 or 2 weeks.

Find out more here.

Do I need a ticket to see the exhibitions?

Entry to see exhibitions held in the VAS Galleries is free for all members and the public.

How do I enter an Exhibition at VAS?

VAS holds more than 13 regular exhibitions each year as well as several popup exhibitions. Entry into exhibitions is open to all members of the Victorian Artists Society unless otherwise stated (for example, the Art School & Tutor Exhibition is open only to current students of our art school). 

Selection criteria applies to some exhibitions, including the Autumn, Winter and Spring Exhibitions, while entry into the annual Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award Exhibition is by invitation only. The VAS Council is responsible for the selection of artwork.

How do I upload artwork to the Online Gallery?

Entry of artworks onto our Online Gallery and into online exhibitions is open to all members of VAS. 

Artworks can be entered online through the Members' Area of the website, at Add an Artwork tab.

Works uploaded to the online gallery can be entered into online exhibitions when these are open for entry. View more details here.

When are the send in and pick up days for VAS Exhibitions?

'Circle of Colours', oil by Faramarz Mokhtarpour

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Acknowledgment of traditional owners.

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.