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About the Society

The Watercolour Society of Victoria currently has approximately 180 members.  

Members have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings which provides for an occasion to meet friends and new people with a shared interest.  We meet in the historic heritage building of the Victorian Artists Society.  At these meetings we always have something of interest for watercolour painters - either a demonstration, manufacturer discussion of their products, lectures on watercolour and its history, and social gatherings where members may share their favourite painters,  art books and other items which may be of common interest.  A members gallery in shown during the meetings where slides of recent paintings done by members are viewed.

                     Painting by Robert Wade OAM
            Patron of the Water Colour Society of Victoria

The quarterly Journal is a high quality publication sent to all members each quarter.  In addition the Watercolour News is E-Mailed to all members each month including articles, information on upcoming events, awards and other achievements, and  other items that may be of interest to members.

Several Paintouts are organised each year for the Plein Air Painters which are always enjoyable with a break for lunch where everyone can meet and view the mornings work. Generally painters then carry on painting into the afternoon.

Monthly meetings are always interesting; often with a watercolour demonstration and talk by a well regarded professional watercolour artist.The Water Colour Society of Victoria was founded in 1974 by Maurice Callow.  Another notable founding member was the recently deceased Kath Ballard who was also President from 1986 to 1989.  The initial Society was modelled on the traditional British Societies being quite selective  with a limited membership and waiting lists for membership.  The current Society  encourages anyone interested in watercolour painting to become a member.  One need not be a painter - just have an active interest in the medium of watercolour.