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We are a volunteer-run community organisation, founded in 1953, with the aim to facilitate the making, learning and appreciation of art and design in the local community. No other part group in Australia has a history quite  like ours!


In the late 19th century, Heidelberg School painters Tom Roberts and Fred McCubbin made the long trek to Beaumaris on horseback to paint the landscape and capture the area’s distinctive light, meeting Arthur Streeton sketching at Rickett’s Point. 


70 years later, in the early 1950s, architects, renowned painters, ceramicists and teachers followed them to the area.

Three large sculptures sit outside Beaumaris Art Group Building circa 1960s

After forming in the 1950s, the Beaumaris Art Group banded together to design, fund-raise, and bring this humble modernist building to fruition as their headquarters. 


With a shared passion for artmaking, they combined their skills to create this building for their community. 


In 1965, it was opened by National Gallery Director, Eric Westbrook. Quite miraculously, it stands largely intact today, continuing a tradition of artmaking for nigh on 6 decades. 


Famous names in Australian Art have walked through its doors to learn, to teach and judge exhibitions - a continuation of Beaumaris’ long-held role as a destination for art-makers and creatives. These include Howard Arkley,  John Brack, Olga Cohn, Elizabeth Prior, Inez Hutchison, Clifton Pugh, Fred Williams and Patrick McCaughey. 


We think you’ll agree, you can feel the building’s history. The place just oozes a love of art and stands as the central point of this area’s unique artistic past. We believe it’s our responsibility as a community to honour and safeguard it.

Meet the Beaumaris Art Group Committee

Black and White Vintage Beaumaris Art Group Poster from August 1971



The Beaumaris Art Group has a modest fee covering membership benefits for 12 months from the date that you sign up. 

Membership allows you to:

  • Enrol in BAG classes, workshops, events and untutored groups at a reduced cost.

  • Attend Open Studios for drawing, painting and ceramics

  • Eligibility to be included in the annual Members Exhibition

We have a range of membership options available. Please read our Code of Conduct. 

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