Waikato Society of Arts
Our Vision: Fostering creativity and growth of visual arts
Our Mission: Supporting local artists with learning facilities and providing resources and exhibition opportunities.
Waikato Society of Arts is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to serving the art needs of the visual artist and art lovers at every stage of their development.
WSA works to enrich the community by supporting growth and development of the visual arts through classes, exhibitions, forums and fellowship.
WSA holds several exhibitions each year and we are especially proud of hosting the National Youth Art Award and the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, both attracting entries from all over New Zealand.
Become a member and enjoy all the benefits of belonging to one of the oldest and largest art societies in New Zealand!
Contact Details and Opening Hours
The WSA Office, Art School and the Next Level Gallery are located on Level 1 of the ArtsPost Building, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand.
The Office and Art School are open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 3pm, Next Level Gallery Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4pm
School holiday hours - Monday - Friday 8.45 - 2.00
After these hours, messages can be left on 07-839-4481.
For Artschool email firstname.lastname@example.org, all other enquires email email@example.com
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Calling entries for NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 2019
New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2019
date (for artists): 14 December 2018
opening and award ceremony (ticketed): 28 February 2019
Tickets: Finalists will receive
two tickets to the opening event and unsuccessful entrants will receive one ticket via mail. For all those who wish to attend the
opening night, tickets can be purchased from the Waikato Society of Arts at $10
dates: 1 March –
3 March (free to enter)
Entries for the
2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award closed on November 23rd totalling
just under 300. These entries have been collated at the Waikato Society of Arts
and sent off to the judge, Kim Paton. Kim Paton, Director of Auckland’s
Objectspace and former Wintec researcher and art tutor will whittle this list
down over the coming weeks, to the 2019 NZPPA finalists. Please bear with us
over this time, all entrants will be notified via snail mail on or before the
14th of December.
announcement event will take place on Thursday 28 February within Wintec’s, The
Atrium (a ticketed event). At the opening, Kim will announce the recipient of
the Grand Prize who will receive an award of $20,000, generously sponsored once
again by the Vela family. Alongside the Grand Prize, Kim will also be awarding
two Merit Awards, one from Wintec and the other from Print Council Aotearoa New
Zealand. The winner of the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Gordon Harris
will be announced after the exhibition has closed. After the opening night, the
exhibition will be open (free) from Friday 1 March until Sunday 3 March. A
series of events are planned during this time, including a judge’s floor talk.
2019 heralds a
change of venue for the NZPPA as the Waikato Society of Arts, in collaboration
with our new major partner, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), bring the
award exhibition to Hamilton’s CBD. The award exhibition will be shown at
Wintec’s premier event venue, The Atrium, which is located inside one of the
city’s beautifully restored historic buildings on the central city campus
(Wintec House). This significant development aims to take advantage of the
recently invigorated gallery scene in Hamilton’s CBD, encourage a broader
audience for the exhibition and tie in with the visual arts fare on show in the
Hamilton arts precinct.