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Welcome to Artspost

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, 9.00 - 4pm

School holiday hours - Monday - Friday 8.45 - 3.00

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

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NYAA 2019

We have set the date for this year's National Youth Art Awards. Entries close on June 14th, 2019 and the Opening night will be held on 18th of July, 2019 at 5.30pm in the ArtsPost galleries.

The ages have been separated into two groups: 15-19 years and 20-25 years. Please note we have reduced the age of entry.


This is an excellent opportunity to participate in a national art award whether this is the first time you have had the opportunity to exhibit or you have done it before. An exhibition of the finalists will be shown at ArtsPost in Hamilton from July 18th – August 18th. We look forward to seeing your exhibitions as they roll in, entries close June 10th.

If you have any questions regarding the award, feel free email us at

Good luck!

NZ Painting & Printmaking Award 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