Australian Society of Miniature Art, Victoria

More About the Australian Society of Miniature Art, Victoria
The Australian Society of Miniature Art, Victoria Inc., was formed in February 1992

Our Society meets every second month, in the Camberwell / Mulgrave area for a meeting and a demonstration or talk by an invited artist.

Visitors are very welcome to attend the meetings. Please Contact us for more details.

We also hold two exhibitions are year, “ Our Small Packages” exhibition and “Little Treasures” exhibition. Contact us for details or entry form.

What is a Miniature?
Miniatures have been part of history since very early times. The role of the miniature changed as life developed and art was challenged by the introduction of photography.

The production of separate hand-held Portrait Miniatures flourished for about 300 years until the method of making photographs was invented in the mid 19th century, and the painting of miniatures almost disappeared. Today sees a resurgence with contemporary and modern influences alongside traditional reflections.

To foster the development of Miniatures as an independent art form, the Australian Society of Miniature Art, Victoria Inc., was formed in February 1992. This followed the example of New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

To formalise the ‘standards’ of a miniature, the society decided that the miniature should follow the following ‘rules’-
  It must be decorative
Be able to bear close scrutiny in displaying finely detailed brushwork;
Have jewel-like brilliance;
Depict subjects no larger than one-sixth its natural size, in a format no larger than 10 x 10 cms.

Miniatures may be created in any medium on any surface and of any subject. Today artists have taken the concept of a miniature to exciting standards, beyond the representational and portraiture. Yet each work has the quality that entices the viewer to come close to scrutinise the exquisite brush or pencil strokes.