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The Victorian Artists Society

Architect: Richard Speight

City of Melbourne | C41

There is no other place in Australia like the Victorian Artists Society for people who love to view, learn, create and exhibit art. The historical surrounds date back to 1870. Its impressive alumni includes some of our nation’s most revered artists, such as Charles Conder, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Fredrick McCubbin, William Dargie and Walter Withers. For lovers of music, it is of interest that Dame Nellie Melba’s Conservatorium became a tenant of the Society from 1898 to 1952. Richard Speight Jr won a competition for the building’s design. The façade owes much to American Romanesque tradition. Impressively, the original interior remains essentially intact.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: 5 steps for entry to the building and access to the upper galleries via staircase

  • Tour Type: C41

  • Access: Pram accessible, Able bodied access only

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: There will be 3 exhibitions on show across 5 galleries, art classes to observe over both days and a life drawing (clothed model) session on Saturday from 12-3pm in the studio.

  • Year Built: 1874, 1892

  • Transport: Tram stop 11: Albert St/Gisborne St on routes 11, 12 and 109


430 Albert St, East Melbourne 3002, VIC


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