Victorian Artists Society

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With 150 years of history, the Victorian Artists Society (VAS) remains one of Australia’s preeminent art institutions. Established in 1870 by early impressionist painters, VAS is a society for art practitioners and lovers. Our membership is made up of people ranging from new hobbyists right through to very accomplished and awarded artists. Our network is large and far reaching.

The Heritage Victoria and National Trust listed building today houses a modern organisation with proud artistic origins. The studio hosts a wide variety of classes across a number of mediums. 

The five beautifully restored galleries showcase member exhibitions as well as visiting artists and international art shows. 

More than just galleries, the VAS building is a vibrant and elegant meeting place for people who love to view, learn, create and exhibit art. You can read more about the benefits of being a member here.

Online Gallery

Showcasing the immense talents of VAS members, this online gallery allows you to purchase artworks from a wide selection of paintings, drawings, printmaking, digital art and sculpture. Visit: vasgallery.org.au/Online-Gallery~33

Art School

The Victorian Artists Society offers art classes catering to students of all experience levels, from beginners to professional artists, across a wide range of mediums; oil, pastel, watercolour, acrylic, gouache, drawing and sculpture. Classes cover a range of techniques such as, drawing portraiture from a life model, landscape and still life. Daytime, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are conducted in the historic VAS studio and are taught by highly regarded artists in their specific mediums.

Students must be above 18 years of age.

Find out more here: vasgallery.org.au/Art-School~121

getting to the gallery

A 5 minute walk from Parliament Station, next to the Eye and Ear Hospital and across the road from St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Trams 11, 12 and 109 stop on the corner of Albert Street and Gisborne Street.

1 hour meter parking is available along Albert Street, opposite the gallery. Parking is also available at the nearby Wilson Parking at 410 Albert St, East Melbourne.


VAS are currently working with the neighbouring Eye and Ear Hospital to install disabled access to our galleries and are planning to have this available early in 2023, when the hospital's construction and restoration works are completed.

There are 5 steps leading up to the entrance of the building. There is a disabled toilet located on the ground floor and a lift to take visitors to the upper galleries where the concert will be held.

Victorian Artists Society (VAS)
430 Albert Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002

T: 03 9662 1484
E: admin@vasgallery.org.au

Opening Hours
Weekdays: 10am-4pm
Weekends: 11am-4pm

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.