Australian Watercolour Institute
|Main Focus:||Watercolour painting|
|President:||David van Nunen|
|New Members||By Invitation|
The Australian Watercolour Institute, established in 1923 is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious watercolour society with a national and international membership comprising the most eminent artists in Australia, England, Scotland, China and America. Initially AWI consisted of six artists, B. E. Minns, A.J. Daplyn, C.E.S. Tindall, Martin Stainforth, J.A. Bennett, , and A.H. Fullwood. Their stated aim was to encourage the practice of watercolour, as well as to promote the appreciation and ownership of watercolour paintings. These six artists were fine exponents of the medium, who recognised the need to establish a body consecrated exclusively to watercolour. Subsequently, another eight artists were invited to join the Australian Watercolour Institute as foundation members, notably Albert Collins, John Eldershaw, Harold Herbert, Syd Long, M.J. McNally, H. Septimus Power, J.W. Tristram and Blamire Young. Under the presidency of B.E. Minns, and with the ground rules in place, eleven of the fourteen foundation members and thirty-two non-members showed together at the Australian Watercolour Institute’s first exhibition at Anthony Horderns’ Art Gallery in March 1924. This inaugural exhibition established a format for subsequent AWI exhibitions, which embraced a variety of styles and subject matter. The works of non-members were selected, exhibited and reviewed. New members were recruited from these exhibitions, often only after several shows, with a view to maintaining the highest possible standards. This selective process remains in place.
To view the current AWI Members listing, please visit their website at; http://www.awi.com.au/
David van Nunen
Ian Chapman & Neil Taylor
New members are recruited from their annual AWI exhibitions (often several exhibitions). Application forms can be downloaded from their website which supplies full details of their requirements. Acceptance of Membership of the Australian Watercolour Institute is then by nomination and election at their AWI Annual General Meeting.
AWI Exhibitions are held annually. The AWI 95th Annual Exhibition will be held from 14th July to 12th August 2018 at Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney NSW.
- Main Contact: Chris Casali
- Email Address: Via website