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This past year at WSA 2019

Our last event for 2019 is our Cash and Carry exhibition in the Next Level Gallery. Please come and visit, perhaps take home a present fro Christmas or yourself.

Members Exhibition 2019  - ArtsPost - 26th September to 27th October 

Our Members Exhibition has closed for this year. Thank you to all the members who entered, the exhibition was great. Congratulations to Briar Tucker who was the People's Choice Award winner. Briar receives a free one year membership with the WSA.

We look forward to next year's exhibition and seeing all your hard work.

Thank you from the Executive Committee for your support.

NYAA 2019 - NATIONAL YOUTH ART AWARDS 2019 Exhibition 

Waiprint 2019 - 18th July to 18th August 2019

This year our annual WSA printmaking exhibition turns 30! 

WAIPRINT will run at ArtsPost from 19 July to 19 August with the opening on Thursday, 18 July. Our guest artist is Toni Hartill, an accomplished printmaker from Auckland. Toni's part of the exhibition is called 'Field Notes' and features botanically themed prints and an artist’s book. Her works include linocut, monoprint, drypoint and collagraph techniques. 

One of Toni's special interests is artists' books and she has chosen to focus on books for her one-day workshop, 'Unfolding Ideas'. This will take the form of an introduction to various simple structures for books and a chance to play around with a lot of ideas. Because there will be no printmaking involved on the day, this workshop will suit a variety of art practices. Toni has a very busy exhibition schedule, so the workshop will take place on Saturday, 7 September, after WAIPRINT has closed. 

To get a feel for Toni's beautiful and innovative printmaking and artist’s books, have a look at her work at tonihartillart.blogspot.com, on Instagram at tonihartillart, or on Facebook at Toni Hartill.   

Waiprint 2019

This year's guest artist is Toni Hartill, an accomplished printmaker from Auckland. Her exhibition, 'Field Notes', features botanically themed prints and an artist’s book, and includes linocut, monoprint, drypoint and collagraph techniques. See more of Toni's work at tonihartillart.blogspot.com



 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.

National Youth Art Awards 2019


2019 National Youth Art Award 

Our Prize winners have been chosen for the

Waikato Society of Arts Annual National Youth Art Award 2019

18 July – 19 August

ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton

Please come along and view the exhibition open now.


It is with much excitement that the Waikato Society of Arts along with our chief sponsor Midland MRI can announce that the Prize winners in each category have been chosen for our 10th year of competition. We again had a record number of entries with 140 artists entering from around the country.

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 totaling $6000 along with Gordon Harris People’s Choice award of $250 and a $500 Print Award sponsored by the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

This was a selected show and  our judge this year is 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 83 finalists have their work on show to the public, for a month, at ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton, with the Opening and Awards evening held last night.

This award is open to independent artists as well as students who are prepared to jump the boundaries of their curriculum from the ages of 15 to 25 years.

2019 NYAA Prize winners

15-19 Midland MRI Grand Prize - Caitlin Flood - 'Bare'

15-19 Merit Award - Merania Kana - 'Koro's Hideaway'

15-19 Highly Commended - Molly Simes - 'Engulfed'

20-25 Midland MRI Grand Prize - Gemma Baldock - 'A Right Royal Ruckus'

20-25 Merit Prize - Rebecca Hazard - 'Tell Mum I Ate All My Porridge'

20-25 Highly Commended - Liam Bourton - Manic

Print Council Aotearoa NZ Print Award - Cassandra Hill - "Suppression"

THE GORDON HARRIS PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD was drawn at the end of the Exhibition and the winner was awarded a $250 voucher to Gordon Harris. 

This year's 2019 award goes to Henry Turner of Christchurch with his amazing painting Viper's Dream. Congratulations.


New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Awards 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