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
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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
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
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,
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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 email@example.com, all other enquires email firstname.lastname@example.org