Berwick Artists Society

About Berwick Artists Society

Berwick Artists Society Inc. as formed in 1992 by a group of local artists keen to share their passion of the visual arts.

Our purpose is to provide a group environment encouraging local emerging, professional and hobby artists, and members of the community to network, develop their skills and contribute to art within the community.

The Society has since grown to become one of the major art societies in the City of Casey and surrounding Southeast region.

Painting demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions are held in the Function Room at the historic Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick, throughout the year, excepting public and Christmas holidays.

We have monthly demonstrations by visiting professional artists and the public is invited to attend. Please see the link for upcoming artists and entry fees.

Our Mission Statement: The mission of the Berwick Artists Society is to foster all forms of visual art by offering attractive and beneficial activities that will enhance artistic knowledge, skills and opportunities within a mutually supportive and strong social environment.

Latest News

Our exhibition at the Cranbourne Library in November was a huge success – read all about it here under “Special Events”. We plan to do it all again next year.

Everybody here at Berwick Artists Society would like to wish you a safe, happy and healthy New Year. Good painting over Summer! And on that painting note – we are all keen to help support in any way we can those who have suffered loss in the bushfires. Gippsland Art  Gallery is exhibiting and auctioning paintings, so thank you to all members who have donated. We now have enough works.

Important dates for 2020:

The Thursday Painting Group commences January 16th, 10.30am to 2.30pm,

First Portrait Group January 23rd, 11.00am to 2.30pm.

PAINT-OUTS: First Paint-out February 11th, meet at venue 10.00am. Please look at the details for future Paint-outs on this site as a couple of them have been altered from the second Tuesday of the month because of Easter etc.

First Demonstration Night February 26th, be seated by 7.15pm, Angelo Quabba is our artist..

At our Christmas BBQ lunch, the Annual Awards for the Monthly competition were presented.









Teresa Kowalski was awarded the Accomplished Realist Artist trophy

Gerry Sweeting won the Emerging Realist Artist category

Barry Collins won the Other Than Realist category

Monthly Demonstrations


Each month professional artists demonstrate in a variety of mediums for approximately two hours.

The evening begins at 7:00pm for a prompt start by the demonstrator at 7:30pm.

The general public is welcome, see below for entry fee.

There will be a short interval for refreshments and members are asked to bring a plate of food to share.

At the end of the evening, the winners of the members’ Monthly Art Competition are announced.

We have some truly incredible demonstrators, and everyone can learn something new each night, so come along and enjoy an evening with a difference and it just might make all the difference to your own way of looking at your art.



2020 Demonstration Nights

Our first demonstrating artist, on February 26th, will be Angelo Quabba. Painting in oils, Angelo has won many awards around Australia and is expert at capturing the essence and atmosphere of each scene he  portrays. 

25th March – 4th Wednesday night – Peter Smales, oils.

22nd April – 4th Wednesday night -Craig Penny, watercolour

27th May – 4th Wednesday night – Antoinette Blythe, watercolour still-life

23rd June – DAYTIME DEMONSTRATION – Regina Hona, pastel. The demonstration will be on TUESDAY JUNE 23rd. We are trialing this and the August demonstration as daytime events during Winter. Be seated at 11.15am, we’ll have a break for lunch at 12.30, and finish up about 2.00pm.

No July demonstration, it’s out AGM instead.

25th August TUESDAY – DAYTIME DEMONSTRATION – times as per June – John Bredl

23rd September – back to night time 4th Wednesday, Maxine Wade, mixed media

28th October – TBA

25th November – 4th Wednesday night – David Taylor, watercolour




















Monthly Competition

Members are invited to bring along one painting per appropriate section (must be your own work), to the Demonstration Night to be judged by the visiting artist. Points are awarded for entering, and for the winners and runners-up in each category. These points are tallied at the end of the year and trophies awarded.

There are three categories in which to enter your work: A: Accomplished Realist Artist, B: Emerging Realist Artist and C: Other Than Realist Artist. Each category will have a winner and runner-up. Subject matter and medium are up to the entrant.

The annual winner of the Emerging Realist Artist Category will be required to enter work in the Accomplished Realist Artist Category if he/she has won the Emerging Artist annual award for two consecutive years.The demonstrating artist will judge the categories.Members  must decide for themselves whether they are “Accomplished” or “Emerging”  artists. Both Realist and Other Than Realist categories can be entered by an artist, but only one painting in each.Work must not have shown or judged before and must have been created within the last 12 months. Subject matter, style and medium is up to the individual.

Certificates will be awarded each month for the winner and runner-up in each category and there are points merely for entering. The points are accumulated during the year with results tallied and presentations made at our Christmas function. Art work can only be entered once. The artist’s name and title of picture must be clearly labelled on the back of the work. Rules for the competition are available at demonstration nights.

You are also welcome to bring along any of your work to have on show. It will not be judged or form part of the monthly competition, but it’s always interesting to see what our artists are capable of. It may not be a painting – sculpture, photography, embroidery, whatever you like to bring, we’d like to see what you do.









Recent Demonstrations

Michael Goff taught us some great techniques in October.

Echo Wu extended our thoughts by demonstrating Chinese watercolour painting in November

November Competition Category A for Accomplished Realist Artists Winner: Brian Anderson’s “Devil’s Marbles NT”

November Competition Category C for Other Than Realist Artists winner: Iain Johnson’s “Python Pool Millstream NP, WA”

November Competition Category A Runner-up: Ros Meadmore’s “Wet Princes Highway”

November Competition Category C runner-up: Barry Collins’ “Teeny”

 November Competition Category B for Emerging Realist Artists Winner: Sha Yamin’s “Buchan Caves”

November Competition Category B Runner-up: Robin Dunkley’s McKenzie Ranges”


Function Room, The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick, Victoria Melways 131 A2

4th Wednesday of the month (except December, January & public holidays)

7pm – 10pm

Members $10

Visitors $12

Couples $15

Students $5                                                                                                                                                                            

Thursday Painting Group

We meet every Thursday between 10.30am and 2.30pm in the Function Room at the Old Cheese Factory. It’s a fun gathering where we all chat, have a lot of laughs and discuss each other’s work. There’s no formal instruction, but plenty of advice from some of our more experienced painters.

Everyone has different styles and paints at different levels: at some point, each of us has joined the group wondering how our own level of expertise will be accepted. But everyone who comes along works in his or her own style, and it’s wonderful to greet a new member who has just taken up or just returned to painting. There is no requirement for you to have had previous painting experience!

You can contact a committee member for more details, or simply turn up and have a look. Then, if you’d like to join the Society, please see our Membership Page. Alternatively, you can come along as a visitor.

Bring your lunch, enjoy a coffee. If you’re an oil or acrylic painter, please bring a drop sheet, as the Function Room is carpeted. Freestanding or table easels are available.

We hope to see you soon!

Members …………………. $6.00

Visitors ……………………. $7.00

Monthly Portrait Group


Each month the Berwick Artists Society conducts a two hour portrait group where you can participate in painting or drawing models.

This is a non-tutored class but other members’ help is available.

Models are volunteers so new models are always welcome to sit for the group. Please contact us if you can be our model.


Function Room, The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick, Victoria Melways 131 A2

On the fourth Thursday of the month, next to be November 22nd. Re-commencing February 22nd, 2018

Members: $6
Visitors: $7

For details contact:

Dione Tiernan
Tel: 03 8786 8607


Paint-outs commenced in February. These are a great opportunity to paint outside with like-minded people. Members are asked to find their own way to the painting site, with their own equipment and seats. BYO lunch, hat, easel and painting gear. We meet there at 10am promptly. Comment on the February Paint-out: “I had the most enjoyable day”.

This activity is free of charge to members and is of course subject to good weather. Sometimes it has to be cancelled – if in doubt, ring the Paint-out organiser (details below).

Tuesday March 3rd at Lysterfield Lake Melway 108 D1 – contact Joy Pyle 0409 558614 (not Rod Arthur) for last minute details on this one

Tuesday April 7th at Wilson Botanic Park Melway 111 B6

Tuesday May 12th at Warneet Melway 142 F12






Rod Arthur 9769 5951 0402 741338

Special Events

We held a very successful exhibition of members’ work at the Cranbourne Library in November; 90 works were on show. Over 10% of works displayed were sold, an excellent result for any art show anywhere. The winner of the Peoples’ Choice, with the most votes, was Helen Anderson’s “Blue Lagoon” – congratulations Helen. Special thanks to the wonderful Library staff for their assistance and enthusiasm.



Our Work on Display

Members of the Society can exhibit their work for sale in the Berwick Chemist Cafe. If you’re interested, please contact the person in charge – see below – to make sure there is space for your work.

The display changes on the first Saturday of each month.

It’s a great opportunity to have your artistry on display! Barry Collins will be showing off his considerable talents in a solo exhibition in April, so go along and see some wonderful work.


Exhibition Details


Berwick Chemist Café, 51 – 53 High Street, Berwick

Dione Tiernan 0412 711858 or Ros Merry 0421 196224


How to join or renew membership of the Berwick Artists Society

Members and visitors are welcome to attend any of our events and enjoy being part of a vibrant and proactive group of artists with a mutual love of the world of art. Come along our next function to meet other members and to participate in our activities.

If you would like to join the Society, please obtain our Membership Form from the Membership Secretary, at our monthly Demonstration Night or the Thursday Painting Group. Alternatively, download a Membership Form from this site.

To find out more about the Society, contact a Commottee Member, or ask for a Newsletter at your local library -Berwick, Narre Warren, Endeavour Hills, Hampton Park, Cranbourne or Doveton. Membership is from 1 July to 30 June each year.

New members pay the full annual subscription which covers them up to the 30 June of the following year, and provides them with a Society name badge.. Joint membership is available for two artists living at the same address.

If you are joining the Society part-way through our Membership year, please contact the Membership Secretary to make arrangements for part payment of the annual membership subscription.

As a member, you will:

  • Receive a quarterly Newsletter with information about the Society and the local art scene, diary dates and venues for upcoming events.
  • Be able to attend our Monthly Demonstrations at a special Members’ only entry fee.
  • Be able to come to our Thursday Painting and Portrait Groups for a Members’ only fee.
  • Have the right to show your work informally by entering our Monthly Competition in an enjoyable contest with other members.
  • Have the opportunity to attend our Paint-outs and excursions.
  • Have the right to enter your work in Exhibitions organised by the Society.
  • Receive discounts on the purchase of art materials at selected suppliers.

By becoming a member, you will benefit not only from the development of your own skills, but from the camaraderie within our Society and the knowledge that you are contributing to the local art scene.

Our Membership Secretary is Maria Wellins 8774 4949 or 0412 745 839

New Memberships

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(under 22)


Membership Renewals

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Membership Renewal


Student (under 22)
Membership Renewal


Committee of Management

Berwick Artists Society is a society for amateur and professional artists, indeed for anyone having a love of the visual arts. It is incorporated in Victoria, and is run by a small Committee of Management on a volunteer basis.

The committee is voted on each year and members are welcome to apply for positions on the committee or help in other ways such as event planning and general setting up of venues.

If you have skills or business contacts that may benefit the Society please advise the committee

The committee of management for 2019/2120 is as follows:

Contact Details

President, Newsletter and Website
Rosemary Stayner
9700 1934

Vice President
Joy Pyle
0409 558614

Barry Treloar
0448 363 252

Secretary, Publicity Officer, Facebook
Helen Anderson
0425 357387

Membership Secretary
Barbara Robinson
0419 354868                                                                                                                                                                                            


Barry Collins
Robin Dunkley
Roz Merry
Paul Reid, Sandra Stockwell

Co-opted Committee
Brian Anderson
Quinton Baldwin, Tony Purcell

Contact Us

If you wish to contact the Berwick Artists Society Inc. you can contact us at either the postal address supplied or via a committee member directly.

Please note that Berwick Artists Society is run by volunteers, and we will try to respond to your enquiry as quickly as we can.

Contact Details

Berwick Artists Society Inc.
PO Box 496, Berwick, Victoria 3806, Australia

Committee please view committee section

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34 Homestead Road
Berwick Victoria 3806