A short history of the Busselton Art Society

At a meeting of people interested in art held on the 22nd of April 1959, The Busselton Art Society, as we know it today, was formed. From a foundation membership of 48 people, The Society has grown to an annual average of over a hundred members.

The Busselton Art Society has held many exhibitions over the years, the first being held in Mitchell Park in January 1960. This event proved so popular that Art in the Park has continued annually and is the longest running exhibition of its kind in Western Australia.

In September 1966, The Society held its first open art exhibition, held biennially until 1988, in which paintings were chosen by an invited judge. The Society then purchased these 58 paintings, adding works acquired by special purchase, donated workshop paintings and a number on permanent loan and now owns close to 120 works of art. From this beginning The Busselton Art Society has an outstanding collection of works of art,which is now the largest private art collection in the South West.

During the nineties, spring and summer exhibitions were introduced and held annually, usually in the Weld Hall. 

Our foundation members worked hard to find a “home of our own,” having moved five times in as many years, eventually settling in the Weld Hall in 1965 for twelve years. However, an ever-increasing membership meant The Society needed more space to paint in and space to hang their growing art collection so it had to move again. The Society then occupied the Old Board Rooms in Prince Street for eight years, until the building wasdemolished.

In 1984 after a total renovation of the Old Police Cottages, 6 Queen Street, using a grant from the WA Heritage Commission, The Busselton Art Society totally renovated and refurbished the Old Police Cottages at 6 Queen Street. This provided The Society with a new gallery and art rooms, which were officially opened by His Excellency, Governor Professor Gordon Reid.


Groups that share an interest in a variety of different mediums come together on different days of the week and work on their creations, share ideas and tips or just enjoy a cup of coffee and absorb the creative vibes.   

Some of these include

Art on Porcelain
Drawing and Life Drawing
Pen & Ink

Image Gallery

The ways we learn and appreciate

Oil and Acrylic Classes – Seascapes

Seascapes - Term 3 painting classes
  • $200 payable upfront
  • 6pm-830pm. June 16 – Sep 3, 2024 OR
  • 3pm-530pm. June 17 – Sep 4, 2024

Quiet Time

  • May 27 – July 28, 2024
  • 9:00am – 3:00 pm M-F
  • 9:00am – 2:00 pm Sa/Su
  • $0
Quiet Time exhibition
Flyer detailing the Quiet Time Art Exhibition at the Busselton Art Society

Beginner Watercolour Classes

Beginner watercolour classes with Steve Vigors.
Painting classes for term 2 start April 16
  • Water Colour Classes$200
  • Tuesdays July 16 – Sept 3, 2024
  • 3:30am – 5:30pm