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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 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!

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to participate in the

Waikato Society of Arts Annual

National Youth Art Award 2016

5 August 2016 - 5 September 2016

Opening event  5 August at 5.30pm

ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton

See more here

NZPPA 2016 Winner announced 

The Judge Dr Zara Stanhope says:

"This is an exciting an opportunity for artists and also the community in Waikato to see the creative talents of the region and across Aotearoa New Zealand. Every artist exhibiting in this Award exhibition demonstrates the vibrant state of two dimensional art forms in this country and the contribution of artists to our culture.​

Every artist deserves an award. However, the winner of the Waikato Painting and Print Award are Edwards+Johann for their intriguing figure set in a diptych or two part image that uses photography and drawing. The strange personae seems to be an assemblage of everyday objects, including rubber gloves and a vacuum cleaner giving us a hint of gender in an otherwise ambiguous veiled torso. This sense of intrigue is accentuated by the abstract motifs and strange floating geological forms with their delicately inscribed lines. Overall, On the Seam of Things – Constellations #5 evokes the artists' curiosity found in the tension of bringing together the real and abstract, artificial and natural, mind and body.

There are also two merit awards. Let me congratulate Deborah Crowe for her work Fictional Realities: Fall. In this digital print we see a world where the architectural achievements of humankind vie with nature, across time and space. 

And also Steven J Park for his painting Natalia Saegusa. This portrait does what portraits should do, it looks behind the eyes, into the soul, and asks us to reflect on humanity in its most intimate moments.​"

The people's choice award of $500 worth of Gordon Harris art supplies goes to Rosanne Croucher for her work 'Approaching Darkness'.

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. 

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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