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NZ Painting and Printmaking 2020



We are pleased to announce that Julia Waite has been appointed as the Judge for our 2020 NZPPA. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Otago (2005), a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University (2009) and a Masters of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland (2017). Julia is currently the Curator of New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. We are very pleased to have Julia on board and believe her expertise surrounding New Zealand art is well aligned with the demands of the award - to be knowledgable on both paint and print. 

The dates surrounding the NZPPA have been slightly adjusted in an effort to move the award away from the Christmas holiday period. 

Entries open on the 12th of March 2020 

Entries close on the 9th of April 2020 

Award ceremony dates and exhibition hours for May 2020, will be announced closer to the time. 

Please print, complete and scan back or mail your entry along with an image and artist statement:


We are pleased to confirm that the Vela Family Trust is once again the chief sponsor of the award, providing our main cash prize of $20,000NZD. Supporting awards will be announced in the coming months. 

Thank you also to Wintec for joining us once again as our chief partner, hosting the NZPPA in your stunning venue, The Atrium. 

Finally we are pleased to announce our convenor for the 2020 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award is Laree Payne (Director of Weasel Gallery, Hamilton).

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

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NYAA 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 will be drawn at the end of the Exhibition and the winner will be awarded a $250 voucher to Gordon Harris.

Waiprint 2019


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.

Field Notes


Inspired by the natural environment, I have increasingly researched projects where I have had the opportunity to learn more deeply about aspects of New Zealand history and its flora. As I grew up with parents of a keen botanical persuasion, plant knowledge was always within easy grasp yet never particularly engrossing for my younger self. Recently, however, I have had the opportunity to work collaboratively in group projects and to participate in group exhibitions where the key focus has been aspects of New Zealand history and/or ecology. Stepping away from my usual sources of inspiration to research aspects that have meaning to me through place, memory and experience, I have developed an interest in continuing to work in this way, creating on-going bodies of works as “field notes”. Much to my surprise and amusement I find that I have come full circle and now hunger for the knowledge my parents once tried so hard to share with me!

Toni Hartill

WAIPRINT 2019 Guest Artist

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