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Welcome to Artspost

Waikato Society of Arts

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 hosts the annual New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award and biennial National Youth Art Awards, as well as various other exhibition events. WSA are also pleased to be supporters of local art awards such as the Waikato River Art Award and the National Contemporary Art Award. 

Become a Member and enjoy all the benefits of belonging to one of the oldest and largest Art Society in New Zealand!

The loss of a great man - Mr Philip Vela

There was great sadness at hearing of the passing of Mr Philip Vela (18 April, 2015)  Mr Vela will be dearly missed by his lovely wife, Lyn, and two beautiful daughters, Hamish, and their four devoted grandchildren.  

Philip's brother, Peter and sister in-law Pam, Lyn’s sisters and brother, all extended family will miss him immensely, as will his many colleagues, friends and associates. 

 The funeral speeches indicated how much Philip adored his wife, Lyn, daughters and family.  It was very apparent that Family was very important to him.  The speeches also painted a story of a very special man working alongside his brother and best friend as they built up the Karaka based Auctions and Sales in New Zealand blood stock.  They continued to expand the Vela Fishing Company to one of the country’s largest privately owned fishing companies exporting from New Zealand.

Mr.  Philip Vela was a businessman through and through, but also a very humble, wise, knowledgeable man, with a very generous heart. 

On behalf of the WSA, we thank Philip and Lyn for their support of various charities including the WSA and for sponsoring of so many events.  They sponsored the prestigious and coveted New Zealand Painting and Print-Making Award each year for over 15 years.  They also provided many other wonderful opportunities and adventures - both garden and art.

Mr. Philip Vela had a depth of personality that only some really fortunate people got to see, to love and to know.  Our hearts and thoughts go out Lyn, Andrea, Anita, partners and grandchildren during this very sad time.  Our love and thoughts are also with extended family and friends who will also dearly miss him.

   NZPPA 2015 grows into a new Exhibition!

  NZPPA - Salon des Refuses 2016 Exhibition.

Some splendid pieces of Paint and Print-making works are being exhibited at the ArtsPost Gallery. Each was submitted for the NZPPA 2015, but did not make the top 50 selected by the judge. These works demonstrate the incredibly high standard: they are each winners!
Exhibition is currently open and will be until 1 June, 2015 - including weekends.

Venue:   ArtsPost Galleries and Shop   120 Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand 3204




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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 is open:   
Mon    8.30am to 4.00pm 
Tue     8.30am to 4.00pm 
Wed    8.30am to 4.00pm
Thu     8.30am to 4.00pm
Fri       8.30am to 4.00pm

After these hours, messages can be left on 07-839-4481. For Artschool email, all other enquires email   


WSA Art school runs holiday programmes during schools holidays. These courses are for consecutive days and are designed to be progressive, so we prefer for children to attend all days in that week so they don't miss out. Places book up fast so don't delay!! Please call  Anne on 839-4481 (press 1)  9am-12pm for more information and booking.

July School holidays

Week 1    Monday 7th July to Wednesday 9th July 9am -12noon             $80 for 3 days

Week 2    Monday 14th July to Wednesday 16th July 9am - 12noon        $80 for 3 days

All materials supplied.
To enrol call Anne on 839-4481 (press 1)  9am-12pm.