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The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society: 100th Annual Exhibition

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Setting the tone for a Society tradition
The 2018 Centenary Exhibition of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society is on display at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery, 23 August - 9 September 2018. Admission to the exhibition and accompanying series of art talks is free.

The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 2018 Exhibition
The tradition continues: 100th annual exhibition


The outcome of an early 20th-century Australian art movement which rejected both "dull" establishment and "decadent" modernist schools of art, the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society has enjoyed an interesting and colourful history.

In 1918, a group of supporters of the artist and teacher Max Meldrum, broke away from the Victorian Artists Society and formed their own exhibiting group, initially calling themselves The Society of Melbourne Painters. Meldrum's students and followers were convinced of the merits of the style of painting which Meldrum championed, which became known as Australian Tonalism.

Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 2018 Exhibition
Passing Trams, by Clarice Beckett (1931), Art Gallery of South Australia (picture courtesy of Wikipedia)


Put simply, Meldrum was convinced that painting was simply the science of representing the visual appearances of something. He believed that the most important focus of painting was the correct representation of tone, and how light and dark areas of the subject of a painting was discerned and depicted by the artist.

In 1919, Meldrum's breakaway group held their first exhibition, which became an annual event. The group later changed their name to The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.

Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 2018 Exhibition
Antarctic 2, by Amanda Hyatt


The Society - whose membership is by invitation only - has the distinction of being one of the oldest art groups in Australia. Members of the society maintain a strong commitment to the traditions of realist and impressionist art through their undertakings in painting, teaching and judging.

The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 2018 Exhibition
Montsalvat, by Stephen Doyle


The Society provides a biennial award, named after its Secretary and a founding member, Alice Bale. The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and in traditional styles of painting, including realist, figurative and representational. The Alice Bale Art Prize is considered a highly prestigious award and includes a travelling scholarship which enables Australian artists to study old masters works abroad.

The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 2018 Exhibition
Blue and Orange, by Lee Machelak


To accompany the artworks on display during this year's exhibition, members of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc will be presenting a series of free floor talks. Download the 2018 art talk schedule here.

The Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 2018 Exhibition
Grey Afternoon, Westgate, by Clive Sinclair


Opening night is on 22 August, from 6:00 pm.

Gallery hours
Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm.
Weekends, 1pm–5pm.
Closed public holidays.

The Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
There is also accessible parking in the car park.
Public transport: tram route 64, bus route 623
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Why? Centenary exhibition by prestigious art society
When: Weekdays 10.00am-5.00pm; weekends 1.00-5.00pm
Phone: 0419 368 807 - Jenny Pihan Fine Art
Where: Glen Eira City Council Art Gallery, Cnr. Hawthorn & Glen Eira Rds, Caulfield, 3162, Victoria
Cost: Free
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