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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 holds several exhibitions each year and we are especially proud of hosting the National Youth Art Award and the New Zealand Paint 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 Society in New Zealand!

And the finalists for 2016 NZPPA are:

Congratulations to:

A D Schierning

Beatrice Carlson

Belinda Griffiths

Brya Rose

Cheryl Vale

Dean Bradley

Deborah Crowe

Douglas Stichbury

Edwards & Johann

Elle Anderson

Emil McAvoy

Gabrielle Ryburn

Gary Peters

Grace Wright

Jacqui Hart

Jane Galloway

Jeni Smith

Jessica Pearless

John Pusateri

Jonathan Organ

Justin Spiers

Kathryn Carter

Kim Shaw

Lani Eyles

Lee Brogan

Mark Dustin

Natchez Hudson

Paul Kim

Peter McLaren

Peter Miller

Peter Rive

Rosanne Croucher

Sarah Hall

Steven Park

Struan Hamilton

Toni Mosley

Valerie Cuthbert

The late Philip Vela and the Philip Vela Family Trust are once again providing the incredibly generous prize money of $20,000.  Without the Velas continued support of this major event, it would not be possible to showcase some of New Zealand’s emerging and established artists.

 The 2016 judge and selector is Dr Zara Stanhope.  A woman of many skills and attributes, Dr Stanhope is currently the Principal Curator and Head of Programmes at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamāki.    She is also the Adjunct Professor at AUT’s School of Art and Design.

 Selection for the NZPPA offers the opportunities of sales, networking and a huge exposure in the art appreciation and art buying sector.

Part of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, the Award opens on the 19 February and runs through to 28 February 2016 in the Pavilions of at the Hamilton Gardens, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton 3216.


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. 

2016 Members Exhibition- Seven Deadly Sins, ArtsPost, 8 January to 8 February 2016

‘The Seven Deadly Sins’  Exhibition  runs from 7 Jan 2016 -8 Feb 2016 at ArtsPost Galleries.



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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