Brief History of The Peninsula Arts Society

On the 11th March 1954 professional artists from all parts of the Peninsula attended the Mechanics Hall at the invitation of Colin and Maidie McGowan. From these artist members a committee was formed and The Peninsula Arts Society was born. Initial meetings were held in the ‘barn’, Palm Court, Frankston, the home of Harry and Nan McClelland for a short time then the first floor of the Pier Hotel was rented. A number of different locations were occupied by the society including 14 years rent free occupation of the space above Ritchies Stores.

The Society eventually purchased a property at 13 Overton Road, Frankston, which was used for 8 years. The Frankston Council and Mayor Diane Fuller allocated the lease of the land in Overport Park to the Society.

With money raised over many years by hard working members and committees, the Society built its own studio and gallery on this land in 1988.

Over the years the Society has continued to grow with many activites taking place at the studio. As a result of increasing demand for classes in December 1999 the Society extended its premises by adding an additional studio to its existing premises.

In order to meet the needs of our ever increasing membership, PAS once more launched a building program in 2006 to improve the facilities provided. The results can now be seen in the newly completed foyer, office, resource/meeting room, store room and upgraded kitchen.

Members can be justly proud of our Society and what it offers, and can continue to enjoy the friendly atmosphere with its many activities that are provided in the enhanced facilities. The Peninsula Arts Society is proud of its position in local history as the original art society in Frankston. It continues to flourish and prosper through the keen involvement of its members and in its vital interest in the visual arts scene.