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 - 3pm, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, all other enquires email email@example.com
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Calling entries for NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 2019
Entries are now open for the 2019
New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award. The judge for the 2019 NZPPA is Kim
Paton, Director of Auckland’s Objectspace and former Wintec researcher and art
tutor. Selecting from a field of several hundred works, Kim will choose the
winner and recipient of the Grand Prize. That artist 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 from Wintec and the
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.
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
The award announcement event will take
place on Thursday 28 February within Wintec’s, The Atrium (a ticketed event). After
the opening night, the exhibition will be open (free) from Friday 1 March until
Sunday 3 March. A series of events are planned, including a judge’s floor talk.
ENTRIES CLOSE NOVEMBER 23, please see
entry link below. All entrants will be
notified of the result of their entry on or before FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER.
NZPPA Nov 23 2018 FINAL ENTRY FORM.pdf
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF ENTRY DEADLINE DATE AND NEW VENUE
WSA Members Exhibition 2018 - Artspost Galleries
The annual Waikato Society of Arts Members Exhibition will again be held in the Artpost building. The Chartwell, Ida Carey and Margot Phillips galleries will all be used to display our Members entries.
Line and the edges of form
The Annual WSA Members exhibition is coming up in October, Entries close October 1st. We are excited about this years exhibition and hope you will all join us for the opening night Thursday October 11th 5.30pm at Arts post. Even if you aren’t exhibiting this is a great chance to meet other members as well as the executive committee of WSA.
Showcasing recent work from current WSA members, this exhibition will include works of many mediums including sculpture, sound and installation - all focusing on the theme of ‘Line'. The crucial constant of line is evident in all art practices, whether straight, curved, two dimensional or defining the edges of a form - all lines are created by distance and movement between spaces. Artists expression of this idea can vary largely - in texture, colour, shape and form. For the viewer, lines can direct your eye through a journey when interpreting a work, and thus function as a potential way for artists to communicate thoughts or ideas in sequence to the receiver. Lines are as unique as the people that make them, and this exhibition aims to bring lines of many types together - to convey both uniform harmony and juxtaposition in one richly populated space.
NZ Painting and Printmaking Award 2018
In its 18th year, the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (NZPPA) has a proud history of presenting a well-rounded group exhibition during the Hamilton Arts Festival featuring artwork produced by many of New Zealand’s top artists, alongside the announcement of the $20,000 prize sponsored by the Phillip Vela Family Trust.
This year we invited painter/printmaker Dianne Fogwell from Australia to be the judge. More information here.
NZPPA 2018 information including Finalists
NZPPA 2018 WINNERS:
Premier Award (Phillip Vela Family Trust) - John Pusateri - Buho y Calavera
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Merit Award (WSA) - Tim Croucher - Princess
Merit Award (PCANZ) - Jacqueline Aust - Atlas Of Declensions
Highly Commended - Hiria Anderson - My Advance Care Plan
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Highly Commended - Flynn Morris-Clarke - Young Hubris
People's Choice (Gordon Harris) - Libby Vandy-Mines - Whaingaroa, Raglan
#23 - Whaingaroa, Raglan 2017.JPG
More information about NZPPA 2017
The Midland MRI National Youth Art Award entries have now closed. This year was our best number of entries, 110!
The amazing Anna Mile’s has come on board to judge this year’s event and we are thrilled to be working with her. Owner and operator of a contemporary dealer gallery (the Anna Mile’s gallery in Auckland), she is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about contemporary art in Aotearoa.
We held our Opening evening and Awards ceremony last night and again, we had seven awards to present:
The Midland MRI Grand Prize of $2,000 went to Samantha Carpenter
The Breakthrough Artist award of $1,000 went to Henry Turner
The Emerging Young Artist award of $500 went to Blake Tanner
The Print award of $500 went to Samantha Callaghan
The Abstract award of $500 went to Alex Wilkinson
The Photography award of $500 went to Nikita Treweek
The People’s Choice award of $250, sponsored by Gordon Harris Art Supplies was won by Anna Filimonova
Thank you to all our generous sponsors who helped make this such a special evening:
Major Sponsor - Midland MRI
Print Council Association of New Zealand
Gordon Harris Art Supplies
and to Primo Vino for helping with the refreshments and glasses.
Val Cuthbert - Blossoms
Exhibition at ArtsPost: 7 September - 8 October
Opening: Thursday, 6 September
This Exhibition has now finished.