The building and the Society are historically significant because they have been associated with the early career of almost every eminent Australian artist of this and the last century.
It is within these walls that young artists including Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, Tom Roberts, Walter Withers, 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.
Many of these works were purchased from members’ exhibitions, a process which continues today as the Victorian Artists Society, with members from all works of life and all levels of skill, continue to learn to paint and exhibit.
This building is a public asset and learning centre for following generations, and is open to the public and all of those who love art. The studio and galleries are still being used the way our predecessors had intended for teaching, artistic expression and exhibiting. The studio provides a place for artists to come and study under the guidance of experienced tutors and to meet other creative like-minded people. The galleries provide a wonderful light and contemporary space showcasing many different works of art throughout the year.
Visitors are encouraged to come and view the exhibitions as well as attend opening events from Australian and international exhibitors
The building is the permanent home for the members of the Victorian Artists Society creating a welcoming and friendly community. The VAS is a statewide society but extends its membership nationally.
New members are welcome.