Upcoming Exhibitions

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.

2018 Maritime Winner -Thomas Somerscales Trophy - Ted Dansey - Splitsail Barges, watercolour

VAS Maritime Exhibition 2021

16 Apr 2021 - 3 May 2021

Opening Night, Tuesday 20 April at 7pm

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.

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. I don't want to blow the viewer away with a grand canvas; instead, draw them in to examine the detail and the story—which is manufactured. I aim for realism, but the picture is composed from various photos, put together like a Photoshop. There's a bit of John Brack and Jeffrey Smart, but not intended. If not specifically about disconnectedness, the work will have a social comment or an irony, sometimes with obscure meanings.

Ray Hewitt Image


1 May 2021 - 16 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.

Smoko - Jennifer Fyfe - President's Award 2018

VAS Autumn Select Exhibition 2021

7 May 2021 - 31 May 2021

Opening Night, Tuesday 11 May at 7pm

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 for $250.


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. Captured on black and white 35mm film using a 1964 Rangefinder camera, the photographs depict drivers with decades of railway industry experience amongst iconic Melbourne sites, including the Flinders Street Station ballroom and gymnasium, Newport railway yards and workshops, and several historical stations across the city’s metropolitan railway network. These powerful and intimate portraits reveal the human faces behind Melbourne’s railways, and capture the knowledge and wisdom of decades of experience.

2c_iv_2020 Winter Winner - 'Storm over Streeton Country - Mt. Abrupt' oil on linen by Ben Winspear - Winner, 2020 VAS Winter exhibition, Senior Art Supplies Award

VAS Winter Select Exhibition 2021

18 Jun 2021 - 28 Jun 2021

Opening Night, Tuesday 22 June at 7pm

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.

Lukas Ryan_Sunrise, Yarra Valley

VAS Art School & Tutor Exhibition 2021

15 Jul 2021 - 26 Jul 2021

Opening Night, Friday 16 July at 7pm

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.

2019 Portraiture Winner - Bilboa by Paul Learmonth

VAS Portrait Exhibition 2021

13 Aug 2021 - 23 Aug 2021

Opening Night, Tuesday 17 August at 7pm

This annual exhibition, featuring the Nada Hunter Portraiture Award celebrates portraiture in all genres. An inspiring array of talent by some of Victoria’s emerging and established artists skilfully capture the human spirit. The Nada Hunter Prize is for $1000.


Norma Bull Scholarship Award Exhibition 2021

13 Aug 2021 - 23 Aug 2021
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.


VAS Portrait Painters in Action 2021: Open Day

Sunday 22 Aug 2021, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
A free open day featuring live portraiture sessions, demonstrating the process of painting a portrait from models in costume.

Emma - Joe Whyte

VAS Life Group Exhibition 2021

26 Aug 2021 - 30 Aug 2021
This exhibition celebrates the human body and showcases artworks that have been created during our weekly Portrait and Life Group sessions with life models.


VAS Spring Select Exhibition 2021

10 Sep 2021 - 27 Sep 2021

Opening Night, Tuesday 14 September at 7pm

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 Spring Exhibition features the Gordon Moffatt AM Spring Prize for $750.


VAS Country Members Exhibition 2021

16 Sep 2021 - 27 Sep 2021
The Victorian Artists Society has a large membership that spans across Victoria and beyond its borders. This exhibition showcases the creativity of our country members.


VAS 9x5 Exhibition 2021

14 Oct 2021 - 25 Oct 2021
A homage to the original 9x5 Impressionism Exhibitions, of small works painted on cigar box lids.


VAS En Plein Air Exhibition 2021

28 Oct 2021 - 8 Nov 2021
This exhibition celebrates the spirit of plein air artists; featuring works painted outdoors.

Bringing in the Catch Jennifer Fyfe

VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year 2021

12 Nov 2021 - 29 Nov 2021

Opening Night, Tuesday 16 November at 7pm

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. VAS Mavis Little Artist of the Year prize $10,000: sponsored by the Hansen Little Foundation. Members’ choice prize $500: sponsored by Design Framing. Exhibitors’ choice prize $500: sponsored by Noel Waite AO

Bird's Nest by Gwendoline Krumins

VAS Little Treasures 2021

19 Nov 2021 - 7 Dec 2021
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.

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.