About the Australian Guild of Realist Artists
The Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA) was formed in 1974 by the distinguished artists Sir William Dargie, Paul Fitzgerald AM, Kathlyn Ballard OAM and Kenneth Jack OAM, for the purpose of actively promoting and celebrating realist art in Australia.
AGRA aims to build a supportive community of Australian realist artists. The Guild provides opportunities for its full members to practice and improve their artistic skills, interact with fellow artists, exhibit their art, and learn from established professionals, via a number of activities. With the establishment of the FA School - our associate members have the opportunity to progress their art, hopefully to full membership level by enrolling in these classes and taking advantage of the fabulous mentoring programmes we have available.
AGRA provides professional development opportunities via regular seminars, art appraisal sessions, art demonstrations and workshops led by experienced artists and art teachers in a variety of media. See the Calendar for information.
Exhibitions for Full Members
AGRA has seasional exhibitions at the AGRA Galleries in Camberwell, Melbourne. AGRA's full members are encouraged to enter their work in these exhibitions, and also in the Art At Large (AAL) exhibitions, an online exhibition. Both of these exhibition offer points and prizes. The first three places will receive an invitation to enter the pretigious Australian Art Excellence Awards in November each year.
AGRA members also have the opportunity to hire the AGRA Galleries for private exhibitions, either as solo artists or in groups.
Members are welcome to attend exhibition opening events, and the special interest group meetings. AGRA Galleries is available as a meeting place for artists to get together and talk over a cup of tea or coffee or browse the library.
Informal paint-outs and plein air sessions
AGRA has new events coming up, old favourites such as Artscapade is returning and we have some terrific places to spend a weekend painting with your fellow painters.
AGRA acknowledges the generous and ongoing support of the City of Boroondara
who support artistic interests in their local community.
Objects of The Guild
To foster and support the tenets of the Realist, Traditional and Representative Schools of Art in Australia.
To form a bond of union between Artists and to provide a medium through which their opinions may be ascertained and expressed.
To represent artists in their relations with the community and organs of Government.
To afford assistance to Artists in their practice by the provisions of services and facilities of all kinds including where appropriate services and facilities for which fees may be charged.
To foster and advance educaton of all kinds for Artists and for persons wishing to become artists and to encourage young Artists.
To perform generally such other functions and to carry out such activities as may advance or protect the interests of Artists or as may be useful or beneficial to them or the community in relation to the conduct of their practice and to the performance of their functions in their relationships between themselves and with the community and to deal with all other matters generally affecting the interests of Artists.
To raise money by all lawful means and to solicit receive and enlist financial and other aid from individuals, trust, companies, corporations, firms, associations, societies, institutions, and other organizations or authorities and from Government Departments of State and public bodies and to conduct fund raising campaigns for the purpose of furthering the objects of the Guild.
To promote social intercourse amongst members and persons interested in the objects of the Guild.
To co-operate and correspond with other bodies having like objects.