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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 hosts the annual New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award and Biennial National Youth Art. Entries for the NZPPA are now open, please see below.

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

The entry deadline has now closed for the 2016 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award with!

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.

This year we are  very fortunate to have a judge of very high calibre and one who is held in high regard. 

 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.

We will announce our finalists soon!


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. 

2015 Members Exhibition- Versions of Us

 The members’ show ‘Versions of Us’, running from October 16th to November 16th in all three of the ArtsPost Galleries, is a great success and we thank Mr Peter Dornauf for selection and speaking on the opening night. 

A big thank you to Helen, Elwyn and Marilyn for getting everything organized and thank you to those special volunteers who helped with the unwrapping. It never goes unnoticed or unappreciated.

Well done to Barbara Von Seida, the Curator’s Choice winner, and the three merit award winners, Sam Timmings, Marilyn Rea-Menzies and Pat Paterson.

There is still time for you to come in and vote for the peoples choice award!



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, beginning with the opening event 5.30pm Thursday  7 January 2016. Download your entry form here.

Artwork submissions are to be around the theme of “The Seven Deadly Sins” and are required by 18 December 2015   
Entries must have been produced after August 2013 and may be two or three dimensional, with a size no greater than 1500 x1000mm. Please notify the office of any works with special hanging requirements at the time of entry.  No installations will be accepted. 

Entries close 18 December 2015.   Delivery of work with your entry form and 18 December 2015, 3pm at the latest.
Entry is open to all members of the WSA. Non-members who wish to submit works for this exhibition are welcome to join the Society.


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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