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Welcome to Artspost

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!

NYAA 2019


2019 National Youth Art Award 

Announcing an opportunity to participate in the

Waikato Society of Arts Annual National Youth Art Award 2019

18 July – 19 August

ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton


It is with much excitement that the Waikato Society of Arts along with our chief sponsor Midland MRI can announce that the entries for our 10th year of competition are now open.

Hamilton has been the host for this award for the past ten years, the only award in New Zealand exclusive to talented young artists. Prizes totalling $6000 along with Gordon Harris People’s Choice award of $250 and a $500 Print Award sponsored by the Print Council of New Zealand.

All young artists in New Zealand between the ages of 15 and 25 are invited to enter this prestigious competition.

This is a selected show and we are honoured to announce our judge this year will be Margaret Aull, formerly from Tumu Herenga Toi - Curator Manager Ahua Gallery at New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, before this she was Poutiaki Toi - Art Collection Curator at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Margaret Aull studied her Masters of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, in Auckland.

The finalists will have their work on show to the public, for a month, at ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton, with an Opening and Awards evening at 5.30pm on the 18th of July.

This award is open to independent artists as well as students who are prepared to jump the boundaries of their curriculum.

Original visual art work that is unique, imaginative, delightful and thought-provoking is welcome.

Please print an entry form from our website or drop into the WSA office, Level 1, Artspost building, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton to pick one up. If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the WSA office by phone on 07-8394481 or email or

NYAA ENTRY FORM 2019.doc.pdf

Waiprint 2019


18 July - 18 August 2019

This year WAIPRINT turns thirty!

WSA Printmaking began in the 1970s under the energetic guidance of Ruth Davey and her colleagues and was sustained for many years by the late Joan Travaglia. The printmakers showed their work from early on, formally naming their annual exhibition ‘WAIPRINT’ in 1990.  From the beginning, a feature of WAIPRINT has been a guest artist and, usually, a printmaking workshop.

The prints exhibited at WAIPRINT are original and autographic works: they are made by hand by the artists. ‘Printmaking’ is a broad term encompassing many techniques for mark-making. These include woodcut, linocut, collagraph, etching, drypoint, lithography, screenprint, monoprint, stencil, stamp and, most recently, digital. Used individually or in combination, these varied techniques provide printmakers a full set of tools for interpreting and expressing their vision and ideas.

Field Notes


Inspired by the natural environment, I have increasingly researched projects where I have had the opportunity to learn more deeply about aspects of New Zealand history and its flora. As I grew up with parents of a keen botanical persuasion, plant knowledge was always within easy grasp yet never particularly engrossing for my younger self. Recently, however, I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively in group projects and to participate in group exhibitions where the key focus has been aspects of New Zealand history and/or ecology. Stepping away from my usual sources of inspiration to research aspects that have meaning to me through place, memory and experience, I have developed an interest in continuing to work in this way, creating on-going bodies of works as “field notes”. Much to my surprise and amusement I find that I have come full circle and now hunger for the knowledge my parents once tried so hard to share with me!

Toni Hartill

WAIPRINT 2019 Guest Artist

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 - 4pm, Next Level Gallery Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 4pm

School holiday hours - Monday - Friday 8.45 - 3.00

After these hours, messages can be left on 07-839-4481.
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NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 2019

The 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (NZPPA) had a wonderful opening night on Thursday the 28 of February, in Wintec’s The Atrium. The weather was fine, and we received an excellent turn out of Waikato Society of Arts members, a substantial number of finalists who had travelled from far and wide to attend and several new faces.

Sam Cunnane (representing Wintec, our major partner for the award) opened the evening before handing over to Kim Paton (our 2019 judge from Object Space in Auckland). Kim had three awards to deliver and began with the Print Award (valued at $1,000), generously sponsored by the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, which was awarded to Basia Smolnicki for her work At the End of the Day. Following, Kim delivered Wintec’s Merit Award (valued also at $1,000) which went to Telly Tuita for his work Expulsion from Paradise. Finally, Kim delivered the main prize, generously sponsored once again by the Vela Family Trust. This award, valued at $20,000, went to Claudia Kogachi for her work Mom wait up.

The Award was open to the public for three full days (from Friday through to Sunday) and included a floor talk by the judge on the Saturday morning. During this time, exhibition visitors had the opportunity to vote for their favourite work, giving the artists an additional chance to win the People’s Choice Award which was generously sponsored by Gordon Harris Art Supplies (an award to the value of $750). The Gordon Harris People’s Choice Award was taken with a very high majority, by Heather Campbell for her work Deported Mugshot, 1928, Sydney.

Thank you once again to everyone who came along in support of the 2019 NZPPA, our judge, Kim Paton, our incredible sponsors, and of course to all of the outstanding artists who entered.

New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2019 Finalists were:


Anoushka Akel
Megan Archer
Ella Brewer, Tiffany Singh
Heather Campbell
Kirstin Carlin
Julie Christey
Wayne Churcher
Tim Croucher
Paul Darragh
Helen Dowling
Cat Fooks
Alan Ibell
Yaniv Janson
Gaye Jurisich
Yukari Kaihori
Reece King
Claudia Kogachi
Suzanne Laidlaw
Peata Larkin
Peter McLaren
Raewyn Martyn
Rosemary Mercer
Miranda Parkes
Danae Ripley
Moniek Schrijer
Anna Sharman
Carole Shepheard
Basia Smolnicki
James Sutherland
Marci Tackett
Katherine Throne
Telly Tuita
Henry Turner
Janna van Hasselt
Krystie Wade
Akshita Wason
Amanda Watson
Raewyn Whaley
Laura Williams
Vivienne Worn