Berwick Artists Society

About Berwick Artists Society

Berwick Artists Society Inc. was 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 welcome to attend, please see link for monthly demonstrations to see upcoming artists and entry fee.

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.

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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.

2018 Demonstration Nights

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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 experienced realist artists. Category B for emerging realist artists, and the annual winner of this Category progresses to Category A the following year. Both have a set subject to be followed. Category C is for other-than-realist artwork has no set subject. Category D is not judged, but is an opportunity for members to showcase their other forms of interesting art, e.g. photography, sculpture, wood carving, lead lighting .

So, the old 2016 “Sections” have now changed as shown above. Winners of the 2016 competition were:

Section A – Marie Warnecke

Section B – Helen Anderson

Section C – Gerry Sweeting

Section D – Helen Anderson

Certificates will still 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. There is no time limit on when the art work was created but it 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.


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
Students under 22: $5

The Old Cheese Factory

Recent Demonstrations

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 last Thursday of the month

Members: $6
Visitors: $7

For details contact:

Dione Tiernan
Tel: 03 8786 8607

Paint Outs


Each year in the “better weather” months we organise Paint Outs. these are a great opportunity to paint outside with a like-minded group of 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 equipment. We meet there at 10am promptly.

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

Activities for the first half of 2017 have now finished as Winter weather approaches. Paintouts will resume in later months.


Tony Purcell
9707 1910
0408 796833

Special Events

Casey Council Offices Artspace

Berwick Artists Society is currently featured at the Casey Council Offices Artspace in Narre Warren. A colourful and attractive exhibition of 42 paintings by BAS members is attracting the interest of visitors and staff alike. “Diverse Viewpoints – One Focus” will be in showcased until June 13th.


Members of the Society can exhibit their work for sale at the Moka Cafe at Beaconsfield and also in the Berwick Chemist Cafe.

For the Chemist Cafe, the display changes on the first Saturday of each month, and exhibitors are asked to bring or collect work at 3pm.

Moka Cafe change-over is also on Saturdays at 3pm – the 2017 Moka change-over dates are as follows:

February 25th
April 29th
June 24th
August 26th
October 28th
December 30th.

Please contact the organiser for the venue at which you’d like to exhibit, it’s a great opportunity to have your work seen!

Exhibition Details


Café Moka Shop 1, 53 Old Princes Highway, Beaconsfield, Victoria 3807

Leanne Brown 9799 2550

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 or at our monthly demonstration night. To find out more about the Society, contact the Membership Secretary, 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. 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 Linda Dyer on 8790 1404 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.
  • Also, 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.

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

Vice President
Rosemary Stayner
9700 1934

Robin Dunkley
9704 9886

Linda Dyer
9704 0414

Publicity Officer
Helen Anderson
5926 0121

Membership secretary
Maria Wellins
9702 6069


Newsletter Editor
Rosemary Stayner
9700 1934

Rosemary Stayner
9700 1934

Brian Anderson
Dennis Warnecke
Quinton Baldwin
Marie Warnecke
Barry Collins

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

You can now find us on Facebook:


34 Homestead Road
Berwick Victoria 3806

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