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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. Entries for the NZPPA are now open, please see below and download your entry form here.

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

Entries are now open for the 2016 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award!

2016 year's judge for the NZPPA is Dr Zarah Stanhope. 

Dr Zara Stanhope is Principal Curator and Head of Programmes at Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, in New Zealand, where she is responsible for the exhibition and visitor engagement programmes, learning and outreach, volunteer guides and a public research library. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Design at AUT University, Auckland and holds a PhD candidate from the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her institutional roles have included Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia (2002−08); inaugural Director of the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1999–2002), and Assistant Director, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (1993–1999). She is also an advisor for Port Journeys, an international artist exchange network based in Yokohama, Japan.

She is currently on the Advisory Board of Art Monthly Australia. Her previous Board roles have included membership of the Advisory Board for Public Art in Auckland, New Zealand; Chair of un Projects, publisher of un Magazine, Melbourne; Chair of National Exhibitions Touring Service (Victoria), Melbourne, and a member of the South ProjectBoard, Melbourne.

Zara recently contributed essays on this area to the book Re-imagining the City: art, globalisation and urban spaces(published October 2013) and the Australian National University Humanities Research Journal (2013). With Beatriz Bustos Oyanedel she is presently co-curating the first phase of an exchange project encouraging creative dialogue between South America and New Zealand, including the exhibition Space to Dream: Recent Art from South America, From the 1970s until Today to be presented at Auckland Art Gallery from May 2016.

Key Information


Prize: The First Prize is $20,000. Sponsored by The Philip Vela Family Trust. Non-cash merit awards may also be awarded.

Entries close: 16 October 2015


Entry Information

Entry is open to any New Zealand citizen or anyone who holds permanent residency. There is no age restriction, but any person under 15 years of age at the closing date for entries should show birth date on entry form.

Separate entries: Artists may submit multiple entries. Each entry must be submitted separately and must include the following: a complete entry form including artist statement speaking to your work, one image of your artwork and payment of the entry fee.

Method of Entry: You may enter online or by mailing in your entry.

To enter online:

a)     Complete the downloaded form, including your 200 word artist statement AND upload one digital image file of your artwork.

b)     Complete payment via internet transfer or credit card.

To enter by mail:

a)     Download, print and complete the entry form.

b)     Include just ONE, quality coloured A4 image of your work. Clearly label the orientation.

c)     Complete payment via internet transfer, credit card or cheque.

d)     Mail to our postal address, to arrive by 16 October 2015.

Entry fee: is $40 per entry ($20 for current financial WSA members).


Criteria & Conditions


Artworks that do not meet the criteria will be disqualified, including selected finalists. WSA reserves the right to exclude any works which do not meet the size criteria. No refunds will be given.

Media: Two-dimensional works in any media - may include painting and printmaking, photography and collage, etcetera.

Size: Artworks must be measured to the outside edge of the complete, finished work (including frame) andmust not be more than 1500mm x 1500mm and with a depth not exceeding 70mm. Each individual entry may contain no more than THREE separate pieces, and must meet the specified size guidelines.

Image submissions: Each entry must supply only one submission image, including diptych / triptych entries. Mailed entries should include just one accompanying image; additional images will be destroyed and will not be passed on to the judge.

Mounting for display: Mounting, delivery and collection of artwork (to Hamilton, New Zealand) is the responsibility of the artist. Each artwork must be delivered mounted ready-to-hang, with sufficient and robust support at the rear to take screw eyes necessary for hanging; we suggest re-enforcement at hanging points. Works will be exhibited hung on black screens. Please be aware unframed works on paper are easily damaged. WSA does not take responsibility for any damage incurred.

Reproduction: The WSA reserves the right to reproduce artworks for advertising purposes in any form, for any catalogue or other publicity of our choosing. There will be no entitlement to royalty or other payment for any reproduction.

Loss or damage: The WSA will take all care, but accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage which may occur. Artists should arrange their own insurance.


Selection and What Happens Next

Selection of finalists: Selection of finalists will be made by “blind” judging. The Judge will not have access to the identity of the artists and will base selection entirely on the image and artist statement submitted.

Selected finalists: Artists will be advised by mid-November if their work has been selected or not for exhibition in February 2015. All entrants will receive a complimentary ticket to the opening.

Exhibition of finalists: Delivery instructions will be provided to finalists, and artworks are to arrive at Hamilton Gardens Pavilion for the duration of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2016.

Labelling: All work is to be signed, dated and clearly labelled. Include print and edition number if applicable.

Judge’s decision: Judge’s decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Sale of Artwork: All artworks must be for sale. The commission rate is 40% GST inclusive. Commissions will not be split with any other organisation. Where appropriate, the artist must include their agent’s fee in the selling price. Prices are to be shown on the entry form inclusive of commission and GST. Works will not be sold prior to the judge’s announcement at the opening. The sponsor reserves the right to purchase the winning work.

Payments to Artists: The sale of any works shall not be deemed complete until the receipt and clearance of funds to the WSA bank account. Commission deduction and artist payments shall be made at the conclusion of the exhibition.



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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.