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.

Upcoming Demonstration day

Demonstration day on Sunday 9th November Venue to be announced. A full day of demonstrations in watercolour, pastel and oils by members of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, Ross Paterson, Maxwell Wilks, Herman Pekel and Joseph Zbukvic.
An enjoyable and inspiring day. More details of cost, venue and contact details to follow – watch this space.


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