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The Melbourne Lyceum Club was established in 1912, and was directly modelled on the lyceum clubs of England. Membership is restricted to women graduates and other women who had distinguished themselves in art, music, literature, philanthropy or public service.The Melbourne Lyceum Club was the first overseas group to affiliate with the London Lyceum; which has now grown to be an International Association of clubs.

The Lyceum Club of Melbourne has a long history of holding art exhibitions for its members who are practicing artists. Organising exhibitions of members artworks dates back to the early days of the Club when female artists were not able to readily obtain representation by commercial art galleries in early 1900’s Melbourne. Today the Club continues to provided a venue for both joint and solo exhibitions of work by members through the Art Advisory Circle.

Melbourne Scenes’ was an exhibition held at the Lyceum Club in Melbourne in 2008. Several of the works had featured in an exhibition in Sydney the previous year and were joined by more paintings of Melbourne’s buildings; including iconic foodie favourites: Phillippas in Armadale and Doninnis of Carlton.

A portrait of Australian Opera singer Sally-Anne Russell, as Cherubino which had been selected as a Finalist work in the 2007 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize was included in the exhibition and Sally-Anne attended the opening night.

‘Exploring Subject, Scale and Size’ was the 2011 exhibition held at the Lyceum Club. Paintings of the Waubra wind farm which had featured in the Windfarm celebration day held at the completion of the wind farm construction were included in the Lyceum show. Other works also depicted the local Waubra farming area where Watts has a second studio on the farm – foxes, sheep and cattle – some grazing amongst the building materials during the windfarms construction.

A painting of the facade of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Gate 1 Facade was to be selected the following year as a Finalist work in the Albany Art Prize.

Portraits included in the exhibition were:

Senex, which had been selected as a Finalist work in the 2007 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize and later as a Semi-Finalist work for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (UK);

Jesse Spencer, outside the house, which was hung in the Hidden Faces of the Archibald – the Victorian Refuses exhibition;

Jesse Spencer reading the script, which had been selected as a Finalist work in the 2007 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize; and

Through the Lens, which was hung in the Hidden Faces of the Archibald – the Victorian Refuses exhibition the following year.

‘Three Years’ exhibition was held in 2015. T-sections, a detailed painting of the facade of Council House in Perth featured in this exhibition alongside Council House Perth which was a full-size study for Modernist icon which won the Black Swan Prize for Heritage in 2014 (see Awards page). The exhibition also featured other works which had been hung in various art prizes including:

Portsea area selected to hang in the Salon des Refuses (landscape) at the SH Ervin Gallery, 2013;

Mt Buangor #7, was hung in the invitational, Tattersalls Club Landscape Prize 2013 and also this work was selected as a Finalist in the 43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize, 2015;

Mt Buangor #8, was selected as a Finalist work in the Calleen  Art Award 2015; and

Heroes which was painted as an entry to the Gallipoli Art Prize but not selected in 2015 was selected as a Finalist in the Albany Art Prize in 2016 and won the Popular Choice Award (see Awards page)

Portraits included in the exhibition were:

Self-portrait, which had been selected as a Finalist work in the 2007 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait 2013;

Self-portrait, in a London cab, which was hung in the Hidden Faces of the Archibald – the Victorian Refuses exhibition, 2013;

Dr Jane Tovey, which had been selected as a Finalist work in the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, 2014;

Dr Gregory Lyon, which was hung in the Hidden Faces of the Archibald – the Victorian Refuses exhibition, 2014;

David OHaion, which was hung in the Hidden Faces of the Archibald – the Victorian Refuses exhibition, 2015; and

POW 3332 Francis George Cox OAM JP (1915-2015), which was hung in the Hidden Faces of the Archibald – the Victorian Refuses exhibition, 2015

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