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.
N.B. The week of August 13th will have shortened office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The office will close at 1pm.
The Office, Art School and Gallery are open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4.00
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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The Midland MRI National Youth Art Award entries have now closed. This year was our best number of entries, 110!
The amazing Anna Mile’s has come on board to judge this year’s event and we are thrilled to be working with her. Owner and operator of a contemporary dealer gallery (the Anna Mile’s gallery in Auckland), she is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about contemporary art in Aotearoa.
Again, we have seven awards to present: The Midland MRI Grand Prize of $2,000, the Breakthrough Artist award ($1,000), Emerging Young Artist award ($500), the Print award ($500), the Abstract award ($500), the Photography award ($500), and the People’s Choice award ($250).
This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a national art award whether this is the first time you have had the opportunity to exhibit or you have done it before. An exhibition of the finalists will be shown at ArtsPost in Hamilton from September 7th – October 8th. We look forward to seeing your entries as they roll in, entries close July 27th.
If you have any questions regarding the award, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Val Cuthbert - Blossoms
Exhibition at ArtsPost: 7 September - 8 October
Opening: Thursday, 6 September
Entry Form due: Monday, 27 August
Work due: Monday, 3 September
Workshop: Saturday, 15 September, expressions of interest be 1 August.
Waiprint 2018 Entry Form.pdf
Please keep checking the website for updates.
Calling entries for NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 2019
The WSA is now calling for all entries into next year's 2019 NZPPA. Our Judge for this Award is Kim Paton, Director of Objectspace in Ponsonby, Auckland. This is New Zealand's only publicly-funded craft, design and architecture gallery.
Please download and print your entry form below. Entries are due by November 9, 2018.
NZPPA FINAL ENTRY FORM 2019.pdf
WSA Members Exhibition 2018 - Artspost Galleries
The annual Waikato Society of Arts Members Exhibition will again be held in the Artpost building. The Chartwell, Ida Carey and Margot Phillips galleries will all be used to display our Members entries. The exhibition runs from 12 October to 12 November, 2018 with the Opening Night being at 5.30pm on Thursday 11 October, 2018.
Keep an eye on the website for entry details.
NZ Painting and Printmaking Award 2018
In its 18th year, the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (NZPPA) has a proud history of presenting a well-rounded group exhibition during the Hamilton Arts Festival featuring artwork produced by many of New Zealand’s top artists, alongside the announcement of the $20,000 prize sponsored by the Phillip Vela Family Trust.
This year we invited painter/printmaker Dianne Fogwell from Australia to be the judge. More information here.
NZPPA 2018 information including Finalists
NZPPA 2018 WINNERS:
Premier Award (Phillip Vela Family Trust) - John Pusateri - Buho y Calavera
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Merit Award (WSA) - Tim Croucher - Princess
Merit Award (PCANZ) - Jacqueline Aust - Atlas Of Declensions
Highly Commended - Hiria Anderson - My Advance Care Plan
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Highly Commended - Flynn Morris-Clarke - Young Hubris
People's Choice (Gordon Harris) - Libby Vandy-Mines - Whaingaroa, Raglan
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More information about NZPPA 2017