Twenty Melbourne

Painters Society

est 1918

Established in 1918, the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society enjoys the distinction of being one of Australia’s oldest arts organizations and occupies a unique position in Australian art, both past and present. Many distinguished artists have been members of the group and contributed to its colourful 96 year history. The Society has presented annual exhibitions of members’ works in Melbourne since 1919 and maintains a strong commitment to the traditions of realist and impressionist painting.

A Brief History On The Melbourne Twenty

In 1918, a group of prominent Melbourne artists, at odds with the art establishment, and forthright in their beliefs, demonstrated their convictions by founding the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, while meeting together in a studio in Hardware Chambers, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. The Society was formed for the purpose of exhibiting annually as a group.

There are not many groups of independent painters in Australia or elsewhere, which survive their initial exhibition for more that a few years.

Annual exhibition

2015 marks the 97th consecutive exhibition of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.
As in recent years, the exhibition will be held at the Glen Eira City Gallery, on the corner of Hawthorn road and Glen Eira Road, Caulfield – Melbourne’s premier exhibition venue.
The exhibition will opens at 6pm on Tuesday, July 14 and the will run for 3 weeks, closing on Sunday August 2.
Once again, the members look forward to welcoming the many Victorian lovers of traditional art. Entry is free.
A souvenir book of this year’s exhibition will be available for $inquire.
A selection of this year’s works may be seen by clicking on the members’ individual pages.

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