To help protect our community’s health against COVID-19 all visitors to the Victorian Artists Society galleries, including staff, students in art classes and artists involved in exhibitions, will need to be fully vaccinated and must provide a COVID-19 vaccine certificate or a valid medical exemption upon entry to the galleries. Read more here. Stay home if you have any symptoms.

Past Exhibitions

Little Artist Exhibition Image


19 Jan 2022 - 25 Jan 2022
An exhibition of Children’s artwork, responding to the theme of ‘Love’.
Watercolour exhibition flyer

ACCAE—Australia International Watercolour Exhibition

19 Jan 2022 - 25 Jan 2022
The watercolours in this Australia International Watercolour Exhibition reflect all the feelings and moods of the year, with an emphasis on beauty, and bright positivity for what's ahead.
Louise Foletta Artwork

Louise Foletta—Staying Put: Time to Explore Paint and Colour 

8 Dec 2021 - 16 Dec 2021

Cato Gallery

Louise Foletta contemplates paint pigments, natural environments, and how seasons and days seem to have their own particular character and colouring.
Wild dog creek

Ulrich Stalph—The Otways

1 Dec 2021 - 16 Dec 2021

Eileen Mackley Members' Room

Landscapes in oil and pastel, featuring Skenes Creek, Wild Dog Creek, and the Otway Ranges.
USE_Swathi Madike_Shakthi copy

VAS Norma Bull Scholarship Award Exhibition 2021

10 Nov 2021 - 15 Dec 2021

VAS Foyer

This is a biennial award which aims to encourage students of all ages to advance in the naturalistic style of portraiture. The 2021 scholarship is for $5000, going towards the acquisition of the winning artwork by the Victorian Artists Society, which will enable the winning artist to further progress their painting practice.
raffaella torresan


3 Dec 2021 - 14 Dec 2021

Frater, McCubbin & Hammond Galleries

A group exhibition by artists Albert Rotstein, William Anderson, Chris Berkman, Peter Eustice, Brian Pieper, Raffaella Torresan and Barry Dickins.
Edificio Metropolis

VAS Little Treasures 2021

19 Nov 2021 - 7 Dec 2021

Cato Gallery

The annual Little Treasures exhibition features a large variety of small artworks, showcasing the many talents of our artists. For sale prices of $250 and under.
Eros A_lets dance_etching 1988


16 Nov 2021 - 30 Nov 2021

Eileen Mackley Members' Room

Comprising a selection of etchings produced at the Victorian Print Workshop and the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy, between the mid-eighties and the new millennium.
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VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year 2021

12 Nov 2021 - 29 Nov 2021

Frater, Hammond & McCubbin Galleries

This impressive exhibition features artworks by select Victorian Artists Society artists, who have been invited to participate after receiving the highest number of votes from their peers.  This is a prestigious award and much sort after.


16 Jul 2021 - 17 Nov 2021

Cato Gallery

Celebrate your city in an exhibition featuring the iconic architecture, lively markets and beautiful natural and human environments of Melbourne.

VAS 'Art Alive' Online Exhibition 2021

5 Nov 2021 - 16 Nov 2021

Online Exhibition

Art Alive is bursting with colour, creativity and vibrancy, showcasing the work our members have been creating from home.
Winter Wattle by Sue Morris

Susan Morris—Plant Portraits 2021

5 Nov 2021 - 15 Nov 2021

Eileen Mackley Members' Room

Susan Morris's studies of native Australian plants fall somewhere between botanical and still life—or even portraits. These paintings are studies of light and beauty found in the natural world.
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AASPi—Shot in the Heart of Melbourne 2021

29 Jul 2021 - 9 Nov 2021

Frater, McCubbin & Hammond Galleries

The Australian Association of Street Photographers Incorporated (AASPi) is a not for profit collective voice to promote Street Photography in Australia.

VAS 'A Quiet Life' Online Exhibition 2021

22 Sep 2021 - 4 Nov 2021

Online Exhibition

This exhibition features a diverse range of still life works, floral paintings and interiors by members of the Victorian Artists Society.
Chris White_Creek in winter

VAS 'Nature's Way' Online Exhibition 2021

15 Oct 2021 - 4 Nov 2021

Online Exhibition

Landscape, seascape and plein air paintings and sculptures by VAS members.

VAS Portrait Exhibition 2021

18 Aug 2021 - 14 Oct 2021

Online Exhibition

This annual exhibition features portraiture in all genres. A talented selection of Victoria’s emerging and established artists skillfully capture the human spirit. This is an online exhibition celebrating humanity from lockdown.
Evelyn Yee- Gum tree, Maranoa Botanic Gardens Medium used- Watercolour

Plein Air Artists—In the Open Air

15 Jul 2021 - 15 Aug 2021

Eileen Mackley Members' Room

The Plein Air Artists are a group of enthusiastic artists who meet every Saturday afternoon at locations within Melbourne and its environs, to gain focus, relaxation, and self-expression through painting and drawing at these sites. They have been motivated by the immense social and personal benefits from sharing their passion with each other.
Lukas Ryan_Sunrise, Yarra Valley

VAS Art School & Tutor Exhibition 2021

16 Jul 2021 - 27 Jul 2021

Frater, McCubbin & Hammond Galleries

This exhibition showcases the range of artistic practices and mediums that are taught at the VAS Art School. Encompassing oil, watercolour, pastel, drawing, acrylic, gouache and sculpture, both students and teachers works on show will reveal the diversity and creativity within the school.
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Jo Reitze—Celebrating Life

1 Jul 2021 - 13 Jul 2021

Frater, Hammond and McCubbin Galleries

Fifty years ago, Jo Reitze (Mrs de Carteret) joined the Victorian Artists Society. ‘Celebrating Life’ references this milestone as well as the joy in what she sees.
Raffaella Image 3_2021


1 Jul 2021 - 12 Jul 2021

Cato Gallery & Eileen Mackley Members Room

'The gazelle trembles,/ As the lions roar./ The hyena shambles,/ But ART GIVES MORE’. 
Ray Hewitt FVAS_For a Morning Paddle_Winner 2021

VAS Winter Select Exhibition 2021

18 Jun 2021 - 28 Jun 2021

Frater, McCubbin & Hammond Galleries

One of three Select Exhibitions held each year by VAS. Votes cast by exhibiting artists are used to decide the list of candidates for the Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award exhibition. The Winter Exhibition features the Senior Art Supplies Prize, for $1000 of Senior Art Supplies.
Gwendoline Krumins—Senescence, Oil, $4000_Winner 2021

VAS Autumn Select Exhibition 2021

7 May 2021 - 16 Jun 2021

Frater, McCubbin & Hammond Galleries

One of three Select Exhibitions held each year by VAS. Votes cast by exhibiting artists are used to decide the list of candidates for the Mavis Little Artist of the Year Award exhibition. The Autumn exhibition features the President's Prize for $2000 and the VAS Council Sculpture Prize.
Ray Hewitt Image


1 May 2021 - 31 May 2021

Eileen Mackley Members Room

It has been 25 years since my last visit to this part of the Flinders Ranges, where the ruggedness of this place still takes my breath away with all it’s colour and texture.

Genevieve Ackland—Railwaymen

13 May 2021 - 24 May 2021

Cato Gallery

Railwaymen is a series of portraits featuring some of Melbourne’s longest-serving train drivers, photographed in sites of historical significance across the city’s railway network.
John Daniels, 'Push Down, Push On'- Highly Commended


28 Apr 2021 - 11 May 2021

Cato Gallery

Inspired by seeing people in Melbourne city going about their business, absorbed in their own world and disconnected from those around them.
2018 Maritime Winner -Thomas Somerscales Trophy - Ted Dansey - Splitsail Barges, watercolour

VAS Maritime Exhibition 2021

16 Apr 2021 - 3 May 2021
This exhibition features artworks including tall ships, peaceful beach scenes and the ever changing moods of the ocean. The Thomas Somerscales Trophy is presented at the official opening of the Maritime Exhibition to the winning artist.
Adrian Johnson Creek Bed Shadows Flinders Ranges. Oil

Adrian Johnson

15 Apr 2021 - 30 Apr 2021

Eileen Mackley Members Room

Adrian has exhibited and painted extensively throughout Victoria and NSW.
Paul - Oil on gessoed paper copy

Hans van Weerd—Persona

15 Apr 2021 - 26 Apr 2021

Cato Gallery

Persona is about what lies behind the likeness—behind the mask of human faces, and how they reflect a state of mind, an emotion, a mood.
acoco at vic artists society soiree 2021

ACOCo Gallery Soirée

Wednesday 21 Apr 2021, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Hammond Gallery

Australian Contemporary Opera Company (ACOCo) puts the glorious voices of their 2021 Young Artist cohort in the gorgeous Hammond Gallery at the Victorian Artists Society in East Melbourne for a night of spine-tingling beauty.

Judith Perrey Retrospective Exhibition

1 Apr 2021 - 12 Apr 2021

Frater, Hammond & McCubbin Galleries

A retrospective exhibition of work by Judith Perrey, a former Fellow of the Victorian Artists Society. Judith passed in 2016 at the age of 89. Her children, Peter and Jennifer, are proud to present her work for everyone’s pleasure.

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.