VAS GalleryAdd to Itinerary
Richard Speight 1892
The Victorian Artist Society (VAS) heritage listed building features an original bluestone studio opened in 1874 which has been almost totally subsumed by a modern two-storey gallery and façade built in the 1890s. It is regarded as one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Melbourne, with iconic decorative mouldings, columns and a beautiful façade. While the façade of the building owes much to the American Romanesque tradition, the detailing of the interior is more Victorian in character. In recent years, the building has undergone major restoration and conservation works, led by architectural firm Chiri-Hall.
There will be five art galleries with exhibitions of artworks by Victorian artists. Shows include the Australian Association of Street Photographers, Zulu's Visual Tenacity and Nitel - an exhibition of First Nations Women Artists. The art studio will be open for visitors to access and observe art classes taking place. There will be sketching sessions running throughout the weekend that visitors can participate in.
Images: (1) VAS foyer. (2) Hammond Gallery entrance. (3) VAS facade. (4) VAS stained glass window. (5) Archival photograph of the VAS Inaugural Exhibition Hammond Gallery in 1982. (6) View of the studio with a class in action. All photos: courtesy of VAS.
Time & Date
Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Open access 11am-4pm
Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access
VAS Gallery, 430 Albert St, East Melbourne 3002