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

December 2018

Christmas is just about upon us, and here at Berwick we’ve again had a wonderful year with increased membership and some excellent demonstrating artists. The Thursday Painting Group will have its last day on December 13th, and recommences on January 17th. The first Demonstration Night for 2019 will be on February 27th, and the first Portrait Group on February 28th.Keep painting over the holidays – there are shows and exhibitions coming up early in the New Year.

Our committee and members wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas, and look forward to seeing both old and new faces in 2019.



Berwick Artists Society has purchased a defibrillator, and has donated it to the Old Cheese Factory for use by the wider community. It’s one of our ways of “giving back” to both our members and the community at large. We welcomed Casey Mayor, Amanda Stapleton, and representatives from the city of Casey, the Old Cheese Factory, Casey Arts Department and the Berwick Woodworkers Group.

Committee member Barry Collins with  Casey Mayor Amanda Stapleton as she accepts the defibrillator from Berwick Artists Society President Tony Purcell.

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.


2019 Demonstration Nights

February 27 – Robert Knight, March 27 – Julian Bruere

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.

Category A is for accomplished artists. Category B is for emerging artists, and the annual winner of this Category progresses to Category A the following year. The demonstrating artist judges the Categories. Members may enter only one picture, not shown or judged before and painted or drawn within the last 12 months. Subject matter, style and medium is up to the individual.

Certificates will be awarded each month for first and second place 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.

Please note that in 2019, the Monthly Competition Categories will be as follows: Category A – for Accomplished Realist Artists, Category B – Emerging Realist Artists, Category C – for Other Than Realist Artists. Competition rules will remain unchanged.








Recent Demonstrations

Peter Smales, our October Demonstrator, reminded us about technique and composition

Our November Demonstrator, It Hao Pheh, again amazed us with his speed and distinctive technique in creating a wonderful watercoulou of Hobart docks.

November competition Category A winner: “Evolution – Digital” by Kevin Weeks

The Annual  Trophy for the Category A Winner – for Accomplished Artists – is presented to Kevin Weeks

November competition Category B runner-up: “Reflection” by Teresa Kowalski

The Annual Trophy for the Category B Winner – for Emerging Artists – is presented to Gerry Sweeting

November competition Category B: Winner “The Gateway” by Joy Davy

November competition Category B runner-up: “The Lady” by Dona Aponso


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 11.30am 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


The first Paint-out in 2019 will be on February 12th – location to be advised.

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.

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




Rod Arthur 9769 5951 0402 741338

Special Events

Our annual exhibition and sale of works was held in the Library at Bunjil Place in June. The new library provided an excellent exhibition space, we had a wonderfully positive response from the public,  and we had our artists demonstrating on-site daily. We look forward to next year! The exhibition was judged by Ron Muller, who had been a demonstrator for our Society on many occasions.



Best in Show: Melissa Nouza’s “Kakadu Glory”

Honourable Mention: Kevin Weeks’ “T.P – It’s Autumn”

Honourable Mention: Leanne Brown’s “Benjamin Bunny”

Honourable Mention: Rosemary Stayner’s “Kosciuszko Snowgums”

Peoples’ Choice: Helen Anderson’s “Waterlilies”

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!

Exhibition Details


Berwick Chemist Café, 51 – 53 High Street, Berwick

Mary Murphy 0419 574 859


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

New Membership


New Membership


(under 22)


Membership Renewals

Membership Renewal


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 current composition of the committee of management for 2016/2017 is as follows:

Contact Details

Tony Purcell
9707 1910 0408 796833

Vice President, Newsletter and Website
Rosemary Stayner
9700 1934

Barry Treloar
0448 363 252

Secretary and Publicity Officer
Helen Anderson
5926 0121

Membership Secretary
Chris Cicarella
5991 5226


Barry Collins
Robin Dunkley
Joy Pyle
Paul Reid

Co-opted Committee
Brian Anderson
Quinton Baldwin
Marie Warnecke

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