Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) Inc.
We were the first Australian Miniature Society, founded by Janine Bravery in 1985. Our aim is to revive interest in an art which is 500 years old, and present it as an exciting and vibrant representation of contemporary and traditional artwork, eminently suitable for collection.
Intending members may apply for Exhibiting Membership by submitting six works, no larger than 100 square centimetres (sixteen square inches), mounted but not framed, at the October or April selection intake. Any art forms welcomed. Applications for entry forms can be sent to the Selection Convener, at PO Box 237, Willoughby NSW 2068, Australia.
The Society mounts at least two major exhibitions per year, an annual awards exhibition in June, open to all ASMA members, and one or more exhibitions for members only during the year.
President: Madeleine Szymanski
PO Box 712
Springwood, New South Wales 2777
Australian Society of Miniature Art (Victoria) Inc.
Australian Society of Miniature Art (Tasmania) Inc.
Gallery Owner Bernadette Connor of Hobart formed the Society in 1992 and was the first President until she stepped down in 2000. Bernadette was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2000. Joan Kelly, a member since 1992 was elected President until 2012. The current President is Patricia Young.
ASMA Tasmania has 70 members including several interstate and international members. Members enter their miniature paintings in exhibitions throughout Tasmania as well as exhibitions in Victoria, New South Wales and overseas. Members also take part in WFM Exhibitions which are held every four years in different parts of the world.
President: Patricia Young
8 Wingrove Gardens
Burnie, Tasmania 7320
Phone: #3 6433 3229
Miniature Arts Society of South Africa
MASSA was formed in 1992. We hold at least two [members only] exhibitions each year. Membership is open to all those interested in works made “in the small”. Members receive at least three informative newsletters each year and regular meetings, critiques and workshops are also held.
Our aims are:
- to promote and encourage all artists interested in the pursuit of miniature fine art
- to help each member enjoy and delight in the painstaking delicacy and detail of each brushstroke, and to enter the intimacy of a small space
- to foster and encourage greater awareness and appreciation of miniature art among artists and the general public
- to encourage the collection of pieces of fine miniature work
- to impart the knowledge we possess to all scholars interested in learning how to work in the small
- to maintain the highest professional standards in our work so that it is in keeping with the tradition of miniature fine art
President: Daphne Carew
PO Box 29399
Sandringham, Johannesburg, South Africa 2131
Phone: +082 581 8642
Hilliard Society of Miniaturists
Formed in 1981 the Hilliard Society has about 300 members drawn from all over Britain and around the world and is open to anyone, artist or not, who has an interest in miniature painting. The Society holds an annual exhibition of members work in Wells, Somerset each summer.
President: Paddy Davison PHS MRCVS
Vice President: Heather O. Catchpole VP HSF RMS
Wells, Somerset, BA5 1SR
Phone: +44 1749 674472
Society of Limners
The Society of Limners was founded in 1986 by Elizabeth Davys Wood MBE. Its aim is to promote the practice of miniature and silhouette painting among artists and students and to further the appreciation of this age-old British art form. The Society now has a membership of c150 and holds an annual exhibition, usually in early summer, in Chichester, West Sussex.
An annual seminar is held at Earnley Concourse near Chichester, at which demonstrations are given on various aspects of the art. Delegates have the opportunity to meet socially to exchange ideas and increase their expertise.
Artists interested in joining the Limners can apply to the Membership Secretary, Beryl Hall, at 16 Cob Walk, Gossops Green, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8DZ, UK.
President: Michael Pierce
WFM Liason Officer: Janet Howard
The Turner School of Miniature Painting
The Turner School of Miniature Painting was founded in 1999 to sustain the promotion of original contemporary fine art miniature painting, and to ensure that the importance of maintaining the highest standards within the field of original fine art miniature painting continues to be upheld into the twenty-first century.
The school is open and free to those interested in creating, promoting or supporting original fine art miniature painting.
President and WFM Liason Officer: Cyril Turner
6 Gablehurst Court
Bradwell, Great Yarmouth
Norfolk NR31 7DS
Phone: +44 1493 444313
United States of America
Miniature Art Society of Florida Inc. (MASF)
MASF was founded in 1974 in Clearwater, Florida, to encourage artists to participate in the delicate refinement, detail and beauty of fine art in small scale and to enhance the public knowledge of this much neglected venerable art form which is now undergoing a spirited resurgence of interest in many areas of the world. Membership is open to all artists and non-artist friends of the arts everywhere. Juried Annual International Miniature Arts Shows with awards totalling $15,000 dollars are held each January in Clearwater and are open to all artists.
President: Kay Petryszak
1595 N. Peaceful Lane
United States of America
Miniature Artists of America
Miniature Artists of America is the first invitational organisation to honour outstanding practitioners of contemporary American miniature art. Signature members are chosen from the ranks of award winners in major U.S. non-profit miniature exhibits. Other top professional candidates may be nominated by three Signature Members and elected after a jury review of their works. No more than ten candidates are selected in a given year. Since MAA founding in Clearwater, Fl. in 1985, sixty-six Signature members from the U.S. and abroad have been elected for life.
MAA does not produce open competitive exhibits but has organised an educational juried traveling exhibit of its Signature Members’ works. It has visited over 40 museum and gallery sites in the US since its establishment in 1989. In its first excursion outside the U.S. it was invited to exhibit in Clearwater, Florida’s “Pavilion in the Sun” at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. More than 125,000 visitors attended the Pavilion. The Exhibit is available as a free public service to libraries, art museums, galleries and other cultural groups. It enhances primary goals of MAA – to further the understanding of the public concerning miniature art and to encourage artists and art lovers to join in the miniature art resurgence. MAA played a major role in recent efforts to bring together miniature art societies world-wide which resulted in the formation of the World Federation of Miniaturists in London in November 1995 [see above].
The Travelling Exhibit has just been updated, contains 46 works of art and has been invited to join the Florida World Pavilion at Darling Island during the time frame of the Summer Olympics in Sydney Australia, September 13-October 8, 2000. The Pavilion, designed to promote Florida culture, tourism and trade opportunities, is expected to attract 300,000 global visitors. President Kay and husband Mike are escorting the six-panel exhibit to Australia and will provide oversight at the Pavilion. We are grateful to the state for this superb opportunity to add a unique cultural dimension to the Florida World Pavilion and show case to the world the resurgence of Miniature Art.
President: Kay Petryszak
WFM Liason Officer: Susan Palmer
50 Coe Road, #233
Belleair, Florida 33756
United States of America
Phone: +1 727 443 6432
The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society, Washington DC
Founded in 1931, by Alyn Williams, Founder of the RMS in London, England, the Society is the oldest active organization of Miniaturists in the United States. We are an invitational society dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of this exquisitely delicate, exacting practice of producing fine art in miniature.
Miniaturists are considered for membership in the Society after their works have been accepted in the Annual MPSGS International Exhibition for two consecutive years or when they have been awarded a major prize in the exhibition. As of 2000 the Society consists of 48 Resident Members and 142 Associate Members from all over the world. There are ten Emeritus Members and five Auxiliary Members (non-artists). Society members enhance artists’ and the public’s knowledge of this delightful art form through exhibitions, lectures, videos, demonstrations and workshops.
We also provide emerging artist’s stipends for talented and deserving students in visual arts graduating from the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, D.C. The origin of these donated scholarship funds came from the entire proceeds from the sales of the first miniature book on this unique art form, “Art in Miniature“, written and published by MPSGS member and past President, Margaret T. Hicks.
The Society holds an International Exhibition of Fine Art Miniatures for six weeks in November and December at the Strathmore Hall Arts Center in North Bethesda, Maryland.
President: Narissa (Nar) Steel