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

2016 marks the 98th 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 12 and the will run for 3 weeks, closing on Sunday July 31 2016.
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.

Alice Bale Scholarship and Art Prize

A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize 2016 Entries are now open

Applications are open for this national art prize, which is awarded biennially to emerging Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles.

Major Award for a travelling scholarship — $50,000

A.M.E. Bale Art Prize in the medium of oils and/or acrylics — $5,000

A.M.E. Bale Art Prize for works on paper — $5,000

Online applications close Monday 3 October.

For further information visit,

Shortlisted works will be exhibited in Melbourne
at Glen Eira City Council’s Gallery from
26 November to 11 December.


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