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'Baristas at Brunetti, Melbourne' oil on canvas by Lisa Wang - Highly Commended Award

'Baristas at Brunetti, Melbourne', oil painting by Lisa Wang Highly Commended Award, VAS Winter Select Exhibition 2020


To be a member of VAS is to be part of one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art organisations. 

Our recently restored heritage building is a unique place in Melbourne where artists and art lovers come together to exhibit, celebrate, learn and connect. 

Membership is for 12 months from the date of joining. If you are a current member, renewing your membership early will extend your membership another 12 months from its current expiry date.

Member benefits

Seasonal Select Exhibitions

3rd Prize_Rachael Dettman-Smith, Study of Finches

Autumn, Winter and Spring Select Exhibitions are our prestige showcases for members. All members are eligible to submit sculptures and hanging work for consideration, from which a panel select works for display in the three upper galleries. Exhibiting artists and artist members are invited to cast votes for their four favourite works. These votes are used to determine the candidates for the Artist of the Year Award exhibition.

Shown: Study of Finches, Rachel Dettman-Smith

The Hylton Mackley AM FVAS Artist of the YEar AWARD

The Hylton Mackley AM VAS Artist of the Year Award Sponsored by the Mackley Family showcases the best artistic talent in painting and sculpture. Artists are selected based on participation in at least two of that year’s Select Exhibitions. This award is unique as it is awarded by the peers of the winning artist and demands sustained performance over the exhibiting year. In 2024, the major award is $12,000.

See the full exhibition terms and conditions here.

Shown: Through the Clouds, Joe Whyte 2023 Artist of the Year

1st Prize_Joe Whyte, Through the Clouds, oil on linen.

Member Exhibitions

Zoja Trofimiuk, Shared Sorrow, Bronze_Sculpture Winner 2023

Members are invited to exhibit works for sale in a diverse program of exhibitions, including Contemporary, Portraiture, Maritime, 9x5 Boards and more. Artists wishing to give a solo or group show receive priority booking and discounted rates on gallery hire, or may show in the Mackley Members Room for a nominal hanging fee.

Shown: Shared Sorrow, Zoja Trofimiuk

VAS Studio

Our original studio is a haven for professional and recreational artists alike. The VAS Art School page details upcoming classes and workshops, along with weekly portrait and life drawing sessions, all at a generous discount to VAS members. Oil painting, watercolour, soft media, acrylic, digital art and a variety of sculpture practices make the studio a vibrant creative hub for the Society.

Shown: VAS Artist Nathalie Henningsen at work


Plein Air Painting Group


Experience the joy of Plein air painting in the company of like-minded people on regularly scheduled days and trips. A perfect way to keep a visual artists’ diary and create memories with fellow artists. These events are exclusive to members and take place at a variety of parks, coastal locations and natural wildernesses. 

Online Showcase

All VAS members have the opportunity to create an artist profile on the VAS website, and artists are regularly promoted through newsletters and social media. Attached to the profile, artists may present artworks for sale as part of the VAS Online Gallery and Online Exhibitions.

Shown: An Artist's Corner, Mary Hyde


VAS Social

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Along with exceptional art, The Victorian Artists Society prides itself on creating a welcoming and inclusive space. Whether you're looking to build your professional network, attend an evening at the Gallery or lend your skills as a volunteer, you'll find likeminded artists and art lovers to connect with at the VAS.

VAS Magazine

Keep up to date with the lates on exhibitions and events, enjoy in-depth feature articles and relax with a crossword puzzle. The VAS Magazine is free to members and article submissions are also welcome!

Shown: Aussie Combo, Zulu

Heather Towns_Aussie Combo_Second Prize 2023

Discount at Senior Art Supply

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VAS Members can show their membership card to receive a 10% discount at all Senior Art stores.

Choose Your Membership

VAS membership is an annual subscription and runs from the moment you sign up, with a first-time joining fee of $50.

We have a convenient online system, which allows you to join and pay any time of day. Simply choose from the memberships below and follow the steps. 

You can also contact the office on 03 9662 1484, ask questions and join over the phone.

Chris White_Collins, Looking West_Winter 2021
2024 Metro Membership
This membership is for Artists living in the Metropolitan Melbourne Area. For first time members there is an additional joining fee of $50, bringing the total to $240.

$ 240.00

Join or Renew
Quercus by Jill Shalless
2024 Country Membership
This membership is for Artists living in Country Victoria and Interstate. For first time members there is an additional joining fee of $50, bringing the total to $215.

$ 215.00

Join or Renew
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Young Artist Membership
This membership is an affordable option for anyone under 25 years of age.

$ 40.00

Join or Renew
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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.