Internationally recognised as a breeding ground for emerging artistic talent, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) has powered the careers of many of Australia’s most successful artists – from Arthur Boyd, Fred Williams, Sidney Nolan, Tom Roberts and John Brack through to Patricia Piccinini, Louise Hearman, Rick Amor, Bill Henson, Ricky Swallow, Sally Smart and Callum Morton.

VCA Access is an initiative of the VCA Foundation, created to allow more people to gain an intimate understanding – a behind the scenes look – at the contemporary workings of this dynamic institution. VCA Access 2018 connects a select group of Melbourne art lovers with high potential VCA Fine Arts Masters students, prominent VCA alumni artists and their representing Galleries.

As a Member you will have ACCESS to building relationships with:

  • Five high potential 2nd year VCA Fine Arts Masters students. Throughout the year, you will come to know the students and their work well, observing them in a range of contexts. Selected by the Fine Art faculty following an application and interview process, the VCA ACCESS Masters students for 2018 are Moonis Ahmad, Piers Greville, Lorraine Heller-Nicholas, Janno McLaughlin, Arna Meldrum.
  • Five prominent VCA Alumni Melbourne based artists. These artists will be matched with one of the students and will mentor them throughout the year, providing career advice around navigating the complexities of establishing a commercial career – the ‘how to’ of local and international dealers, galleries and art fairs. The opportunity will also be yours to engage with these artists, observing their work, behind the scenes. For 2018, participating mentor artists are Irene Hanenbergh, Rose Nolan, Sally Ross, Nick Selenitsch and Sally Smart.
  • Five galleries that represent your mentor artists, which will invite you to private walkthroughs and talks throughout the year. Anna Schwartz Gallery, Murray White Room, Neon Parc, Sarah Scout Presents and Sutton Gallery will be participating in 2018.

In addition to developing relationships with students, artists and galleries, your membership will give you ACCESS into the VCA and its networks and partners (including the VCA’s own Margaret Lawrence Gallery, ACCA, Gertrude Contemporary and Heide MoMA as well as other VCA schools of Film & Television, Dance and Music).

In recognition of the increasing importance of Art Fairs in establishing commercial practice, we are excited to announce that we will be inviting the 2018 VCA Access students to the Auckland Art Fair in May where they will have the opportunity to exhibit. As a Member, you will be invited to join us on a program giving you behind the scenes experiences of this International Art Fair with a series of private events and viewings.

Every three months you will be issued with a calendar of the upcoming events that may include studio visits, gallery walks, private viewings, lectures, and performances. A show stopping, sit down dinner event for all participating Members, guests, students, artists and galleries will be held as a ticketed event to celebrate our 2018 program. Our Members section of the VCA Access website will also give you access throughout the year to articles and events.

To become a Member, we invite you to register online here  at $500 per person.

For any queries, please contact info@vcaaccess.com.au

We invite all Members to join us for a private, guided walk through by Mira Gojak of her exhibition


At this event you will meet your fellow group members, VCA students and mentor artists. A calendar of events for Feb–April 2018 will follow in February 2018.

DATE 11 February, 6–7:30 pm

VENUE Buxton Contemporary, Cnr Southbank Blvd and Dodds St, Southbank.

RSVP Click here

We hope you can join us on this journey of engagement, learning and fun. Please contact any of our Committee for further info or questions.

VCA Access was initiated and is run by a voluntary committee comprising of Caroline Chernov (Chair), Jane Hayman and Ros James. The Committee work alongside and thank the following for their ongoing support;

VCA Faculty

Professor Jon Cattapan, Dr Kate Daw, Dr David Sequeira, Nic Pearce and Peter Barron.

Friends of VCA Access

 2019 supporters

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Dody Oliver catering