For 150 years the Victorian Artists Society has been an artistic landmark in Victoria.
It is within these walls that young artists including Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, William Frater, Frederick McCubbin and many others, commenced their journey of brushstrokes, which today form the foundation of Australia’s major art collections in national galleries across Australia.
The Victorian Artists Society's recent full restoration of its National Trust and Heritage listed building has ensured that this historic birthplace of Australian art continues to play an important part in the lives of the art loving community, from the time it opened its doors in 1892 and well into the future.
The Victorian Artists Society building houses three beautiful galleries on the upper level, the Frater, McCubbin and Hammond and two downstairs galleries filled with natural light, the Cato, suitable for smaller exhibitions and functions and the Mackley Members' Room.
The Frater, McCubbin and Hammond galleries offer a stunning back drop for exhibitions featuring all genres of art. Each gallery has 4-metre-high soaring ceilings, heritage architectural details, state of the art gallery lighting and lift access.
Exhibitions can be booked from one to two weeks, while functions and events can be held during the day or evenings subject to availability.
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Our gallery lighting system is lit to showcase all types of artworks in the best light, the Frater gallery offers the largest open space at 14.6m x 8.6m and holds up to 100 people.
The Hammond Gallery has the added benefit of a stage with grand piano, available to use for functions and concerts, and beautiful leadlight windows within its historic alcoves that have access to the balcony, which has a majestic view over Melbourne. The Hammond gallery measures 14.6m x 8.6m and holds up to 80 people.
The McCubbin encircles the grand staircase and is the first gallery visitors encounter when going upstairs. This gallery can be hired in conjunction with one of the adjoining galleries.
Filled with natural light and in a convenient downstairs position at the front of the building. The Cato gallery measures 5.2m x 10.6m and has a unique double hanging system.
An intimate sitting room setting featuring the VAS library, this gallery is only available to Members for hire.
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.