To provide a stimulating and positive environment to promote, teach and enjoy Art in our local community.

About Us

We have a dedicated working Studio in Mentone (part of the City of Kingston's Mentone Hub building in Keith Styles Reserve. The Studio is in use at least 6 days a week.

Tutored Classes a range of Mediums and traditional and contemporary approaches, with experienced, well known Tutors

Exhibitions, Workshops, Demonstrations and other opportunities to learn and share our love of art.

Member rights and opportunities on our Membership page. 

Membership Rules, Rights and Privileges



By Laws (Member Handbook) + Code of Conduct

Our History

Mentone Mordialloc Art Group was formed in 1956

Our History Book was published in 2017, copies are available from the Studio for $20.00

Mentone, Victoria
In the beginning, a keen band of local artists had been gathering to share their common interest in
art. There was a division in this group and those who tended towards abstraction moved on to,
eventually, form the Beaumaris Art Group. Those remaining were more inclined towards realism.
Thus, in 1954, the realist artists, who had been meeting in their private homes found the old timber
Sunday School Hall at St. Augustine’s Church in Como Parade, Mentone and began to gather there.
They became known as the Mentone Mordialloc Art Group (MMAG). The hall was quickly outgrown.
March 2nd 1956 The Inaugural Meeting
Introductory comments on the aim of the proposed art group were given by first President, Benjamin
Challen (local dentist), paying particular tribute to Mr. Thorold’s gesture in offering the use of rooms
and facilities at Mentone Grammar School.
The Group’s objective was:
“To promote the teaching, consideration and discussion of all questions affecting art and to
provide the promotion of social intercourse among the members and their friends”.
The aim was to keep fees as low as possible with no intention to make any profit.
1956, November 

The first exhibition was held.
The Group hosted the Deputy Consul of China and his entourage at Mentone Lodge. The Chinese
guests brought art films demonstrating their traditional watercolour techniques.
1969, February
New constitution adopted.
Early 1970’s
Ben Challen died after 11 years as President
The Group began the long process of finding its own “home”.
1975. A New Beginning
The old agricultural building in Granary Lane, Mentone was purchased by the City of Mordialloc and
converted by members into the “Hay and Grain Studio”.
1976. The Golden Jubilee Year
Members attended the unveiling of the Beaumaris cliff top monument identifying the site where, in
1886, Roberts and McCubbin met Streeton.
Students of St Bede’s College painted a colourful mural on the exterior wall of the studio.
2000. A New Century
Membership numbers 360. 15 classes running
200 students in those classes.
2009 - 2015. A Period of Uncertainty
The old studio building was condemned and the Group would have to move. A roller-coaster ride
ensued until finally new premises were built.
Council project managers consulted with the Art Group Committee to design a purpose-built studio
within the new Mentone Activity Hub.
2017, May
A handful of volunteers spent countless hours sorting, packing, relocating and setting up the new
studio which was funded by the City of Kingston Council with a significant financial contribution from
the Mentone Mordialloc Art Group.
Term 2 classes commenced in the brand new studio.
© Pamela Cooper
Extracted from
“ART IN MENTONE - A Local Tradition”
This illustrated history of Mentone Mordialloc Art Group is available for purchase from the studio.