Internationally recognised as a breeding ground for emerging artistic talent, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) has nurtured the talents of some of Australia’s most successful artists.
Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, Sidney Nolan, Tom Roberts, John Brack, Patricia Piccinini, Louise Hearman, Rick Amor, Bill Henson, Ricky Swallow, Sally Smart and Callum Morton are just some of the renown artists to emerge from the VCA originally National Gallery School founded in 1857 (part of NGV) and then as VCA since 1968.
VCA Access is an opportunity for members to support the next generation of Australian artists. As coronavirus continues to create uncertainty in Australia, art lovers, collectors and philanthropists have the opportunity to make a tangible impact on emerging artists to help fuel the next wave of artistic talent in Australia.
VCA Access is a mentoring program that brings together VCA Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) students, VCA Alumni and leading Australian galleries. It is funded through the generous donations of members.
Each year, five students are selected to take part in VCA Access. They are matched with a prominent VCA alumni artist (‘Mentor’) and their representing gallery. Mentors provide the tools and experience to help their student understand, develop and promote a sustainable art practice. They also share career advice and practical support to navigate the complexities of a commercial career, including dealing with local and international dealers, galleries and art fairs.
Now in its sixth year, VCA Access has fostered relationships between over 25 emerging and established artists and galleries.
VCA Access membership is open to everyone. Your financial support in majority funds the program.