About Mosman Art Society

History of the Society

Mosman is a locality with a rich artistic heritage going back to the mid 19th century*. The Mosman Art Society was established following discussions held by a group of Mosman residents in 1994 who shared a vision of a studio and gallery where artists could meet and share their common interest in art. As a result of this the  Society was incorporated in June 1995**.

Three years later, the Mosman Council established the Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre. This was a most significant and welcome milestone in the cultural history of Mosman and its surrounding suburbs.

It was agreed from the beginning that the Mosman Art Society would be an inclusive society with both Social and Exhibiting Members. At the same time works submitted for an exhibition would be subjected to a selection process. The Society endeavours to ensure that all Exhibition entrants are represented by at least one work. Our membership includes professional artists, amateur artists, students and those who just love and appreciate art. The Society has grown over the past 15 years and now has more than 180 members.

Each year, audited accounts are presented at the Annual General Meeting of members. The constitution is filed with the Department of Fair Trading and a copy may be inspected by arrangement with the Secretary of the Society. The Society has a Not For Profit Organisation Public and Product Liability Insurance Policy.

The Patron of the Society is Paul Delprat, the Principal of the Julian Ashton Art School which was established as the Sydney Art School in 1890. The Julian Ashton Art School currently has two campuses, one at the Rocks in the City of Sydney and one at Headland Park at Georges Heights in Mosman. Paul has been a most valued member since the inception of the Society.

References:

Artist’s Camps* by Robin Tranner

Artist\’s Camps by Paul Delprat and Albie Thoms

Controversy and Acclaim* 60 years of the Mosman Art Prize

Mosman Art Society – The first years by Shirley Perrett (available in the Mosman Library)