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.

VCA Access Members have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to this dynamic institution. As a Member, you will have the unique opportunity to observe the mentor/student relationship develop over the course of the year.

Exclusive member-only events

In 2021 member events will be held as coronavirus restrictions allow and in line with member appetite to meet face to face.

+ Launch of VCA Access 2021 at the VCA Stables in Southbank: meet students, mentor VCA alumni artists and gallerists. A date will be set for this event once the VCA is able to welcome guests back on to campus following restrictions due to coronavirus.

+ Studio visits: with mentor VCA alumni artists throughout the year.

+ Gallery talks at VCA alumni artist exhibitions.

+ Panel discussion: between students and mentors on a contemporary topic related to the art world.

+ Early access to the VCA Graduate Show where the work of the students is presented.

Access membership by clicking on the blue ‘Register’ button below.

New Annual Member: $500 per person.

Renewing 2020 Member: $250 per person (50% discount for 2021 only).

Additional tax-deductible donations are welcome and can be made on the registration page.

Please contact info@vcaaccess.com.au with any queries

As soon as coronavirus restrictions allow, we will be back on site at the VCA Stables at Southbank where the students studios are located. Keep an eye on our events page and instagram @vcaaccess

VCA Access is run by a voluntary committee comprising Alicia Brown, Caroline Chernov, Susan Jones, Michelle Newell and Ruth O’Shannassy. The Committee works alongside and thanks the following for their ongoing support:

VCA Faculty

Prof Barb Bolt, Vikki McInnes, Dr Simone Slee, Dr David Sequeira, Dr Kate Just, Dr Kim Donaldson and Peter Barron.