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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!

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, 8.30 - 4pm

School holiday hours - Monday - Friday 8.45 - 2.00

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

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Calling entries for NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 2019

New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2019 Finalists are:


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

Notification date (for artists): 14 December 2018 All entrants will have been emailed or mailed notification if they were a successful finalist last week. Please be patient as it can depend on your mail delivery days when you will receive this. If you have not received anything by December 18th then please contact

Exhibition opening and award ceremony (ticketed): 28 February 2019

Tickets: Finalists will receive two tickets to the opening event and unsuccessful entrants will receive one ticket via mail. For all those who wish to attend the opening night, tickets can be purchased from the Waikato Society of Arts at $10 each.

Location: The Atrium, Wintec

Exhibition dates: 1 March – 3 March (free to enter)

Entries for the 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award closed on November 23rd totalling just under 300. These entries have been collated at the Waikato Society of Arts and sent off to the judge, Kim Paton. Kim Paton, Director of Auckland’s Objectspace and former Wintec researcher and art tutor will whittle this list down over the coming weeks, to the 2019 NZPPA finalists. Please bear with us over this time, all entrants will be notified via snail mail on or before the 14th of December.

The award announcement event will take place on Thursday 28 February within Wintec’s, The Atrium (a ticketed event). At the opening, Kim will announce the recipient of the Grand Prize who will receive an award of $20,000, generously sponsored once again by the Vela family. Alongside the Grand Prize, Kim will also be awarding two Merit Awards, one from Wintec and the other from Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand. The winner of the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Gordon Harris will be announced after the exhibition has closed. After the opening night, the exhibition will be open (free) from Friday 1 March until Sunday 3 March. A series of events are planned during this time, including a judge’s floor talk.

2019 heralds a change of venue for the NZPPA as the Waikato Society of Arts, in collaboration with our new major partner, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), bring the award exhibition to Hamilton’s CBD. The award exhibition will be shown at Wintec’s premier event venue, The Atrium, which is located inside one of the city’s beautifully restored historic buildings on the central city campus (Wintec House). This significant development aims to take advantage of the recently invigorated gallery scene in Hamilton’s CBD, encourage a broader audience for the exhibition and tie in with the visual arts fare on show in the Hamilton arts precinct.